} A better question would be, "What WAS the Ivy League?" It was a
} baseball league that existed from 1905 to 1908 as a competitor to the
} National and American Leagues. With little to no money for travel, the
} teams were located solely in the Northeast. Here's a list of the
} * New York Subway Motormen
} * Boston Fishermen
} * Philadelphia Founding Fathers
} * Providence (R.I.) Clippers
} * New Haven (Ct.) Blue Sox
} * Princeton (N.J.) Gardeners
} * Ithaca (N.Y.) Sparrows
} * Hanover (N.H.) Green Mountaineers
} The Ivy League had several problems. First of all, with an odd number
} of teams, scheduling proved to be nearly impossible. Second, the
} American and National Leagues repeatedly refused to include the Ivy
} League in postseason play, since there would have had to have been an
} extra round of the postseason. And third, most of the teams had really
} stupid names.
} After the Ivy League folded, sportswriter D.L. Wright of the New York
} Sentinel-Bugle and Morning Call-Express noticed that the cities which
} had had Ivy League teams also had something in common: they were home
} to well-respected universities with strict admissions standards and a
} high academic reputation--which, of course, didn't translate into
} success with their athletic endeavors. Also, some of them had stupid
} names, such as the "Big Red," "Big Green," and the "Elis." On
} September 4, 1909, Wright jokingly referred to the "Ivy League" in his
} column previewing the upcoming college football season.
} Other sportswriters picked up on the irony, and the term "Ivy League"
} is still used today to refer to Columbia, Harvard, the University of
} Pennsylvania, Brown, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, and Dartmouth.
} You owe the Oracle a New York Subway Motormen autographed baseball.