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The Chicago Whales, also known as the Chi-Feds, were the Chicago entry in the Federal League. They began play in 1913 while the circuit was still a minor league. In 1914, Charles Weeghman took over as the team's owner as the Federal League proclaimed itself a third major league.

During their brief existence, the Whales were the league's most successful club, finishing second in 1914 and winning a league title in 1915. Future Hall of Famer Joe Tinker managed the team both seasons, and outfielder Dutch Zwilling was the league's all-time leader in home runs with 29. Other notable Whales players included pitchers Claude Hendrix, Mordecai Brown, and George McConnell.

The Whales played their home games at Weeghman Park, later to be renamed Wrigley Field.

After the 1915 season, the Federal League reached a settlement with major league baseball in response to an antitrust suit. The Federal League ceased operations, but Weeghman was allowed to buy the Chicago Cubs of the National League. Tinker became the Cubs manager in 1916, and many of the team's stars, including Zwilling, Hendrix, Brown, and McConnell, also played for the Cubs, seeing varying degrees of success.

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Chicago Tribune coverage of the Whales first game at Weeghman Park

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