January 10, 1903: A historic meeting at the St. Nicholas Hotel in Cincinnati between the National and American Leagues results in the “Cincinnati Peace Treaty”. The leagues agreed on a governing structure, and a three-member governing board, named the “National Commission”. Reds President Garry Herrmann was named chairman. Unfortunately, the Reds lost Sam Crawford as a result of the peace turns. Crawford signed a contract with both the Reds and Tigers, and was awarded to Detriot because he signed to play in the Michigan city before inking his pact with Cincinnati.

Crawford played in Detroit until 1917. As a Tiger, he collected 2,466 hits and batted .309. Crawford finsihed his career with a major league record 309 triples.

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