The early years of the National League were tumultuous, with threats from rival leagues and a rebellion by players against the hated "reserve clause", which restricted the free movement of players between clubs. Competitive leagues formed regularly, and also disbanded regularly. The most successful was the American Association (1881–1891), sometimes called the "beer and whiskey league" for its tolerance of the sale of alcoholic beverages to spectators. For several years, the National League and American Association champions met in a postseason championship series—the first attempt at a World Series .
Many states require employers to allow employees to take time off from work for court proceedings in which they are a victim or witness. Most of these laws are very general and do not provide duration, notice or documentation requirements, or other parameters that are the hallmarks of what we normally think of as “leave of absence” laws. Indeed, they are more correctly considered “nondiscrimination” laws, with court appearances as the protected classification. Just as you can’t terminate someone because of age, race, gender, disability and so on, you can’t terminate an employee for absences due to court attendance or related matters as a crime victim.