The Continental League by Russell Buhite Buhite was one of the few players to actually play for the CL. The 1960 Western Carolinas League operated within Organized Baseball aka The Horsehide Cartel. Buhite revived his stalled baseball career when given the opportunity to quickly play in the Third Major League of baseball. The Continental League. Branch Rickey was the President of the CL. Some of the same people behind the successful AFL were money behind the CL. The original 5 CL cities organized by Rickey in the summer of 1959 were NY ( only Yankees remained ), Houston, Minneapolis, Denver & Toronto. Winter of 1959 saw owners in Atlanta, Dallas & Buffalo round out this Third Major League of Baseball. The CL attempted to form their league WITHIN organized baseball, but ultimately were just led along until the horsehide cartel could snipe their best owners ( Shea of NY & the Houston group ). The only actual baseball ever played by the CL was the revived WCL ( Western Carolinas League ) where ALL teams & Players were controlled by the CL & Rickey. The thought was every winter there would be a draft involving every player not under multi-year contract. What could have been a third 8 team Major League, with liberal free agency & revenue sharing ( no mention of a CAP of any sort ) devolved into the horsehide cartel taking Minneapolis by moving the Senator ownership group there in 1960. DC got an expansion team in 61 that eventually moved to Dallas ( Rangers ). New York & Houston were the MLB expansion teams and both were CL cities with NY Mets actually having CL ownership in Shea. Eventually all but one of the CL cities became MLB cities with the exception being Buffalo. This is an esoteric subject and the book was not cheap, but it interested me. Anyone who thinks politics & sports used to be nice and pure should read this. The Horsehide Cartel was as two faced and manipulative as any group of people ever have been.