Minor League history: Eastern Illinois League
The Eastern Illinois League saw light in 1907. The league would last for two seasons and operated as a class D league. In the first year Charles Welvert started the season as league president but L.A.G. Shoaff shared took over halfway in the season. Shoaff would be sole president in 1908. He was also team executive of the Paris Parisians. The Mattoon Giants won the pennant in the 1907 season with a four game lead in the standings over the Charleston Broom Corn Cutters. In 1908, the Danville / Staunton Speakers finished on top of the standings, even after the team moved to Daunton for the second half of the season.