When knuckleballer Seaton jumped to the Federal League
in 1914, he was the most coveted
of the defectors, having led the NL with 27 wins for the Phillies in '13. He won
25 for the Brooklyn Feds in 1914, but thereafter his fortunes declined. In 1920,
as baseball purged itself after the "Black Sox" scandal, the Pacific Coast League
barred three players as "known gamblers" and San Francisco released Seaton. When
he tried to move to the Southern Association his contract was not approved. He sued
and won in Federal Court but left baseball before an appeal was reviewed.