MLB’s Acting Commissioner Bud Selig and his band of merry owners had tried to implement a salary cap on the game, and the Players’ Association and their leader, Don Fehr, were having none of it. After playing the first four months of the 1994 season without a collective bargaining agreement in place (the previous one had expired at the end of 1993), the players set a strike date of August 12.
When that date arrived and an agreement still was not in place, the players walked out on the season, making August 11 the final day of the MLB – and CFCL – season.
Of course we didn’t know on the 11th that the season was over … there was still theoretically the chance that the players and owners would resolve their issues and resume the season. It wasn’t until September that, with the strike still unresolved, the disgraced Selig announced that the remainder of the season and the post-season was cancelled.
The final CFCL standings report issued in 1994 states that it covers the period through August 15, but since there were no games played on the August 12-15, for all intents and purposes the season was over as of August 11.
The first acknowledgement of a possibly shortened CFCL season came in the Roster Change report for August 2 – actually in a hand-written note that I had appended to the typewritten report. The note just mentions the possibility of a season-ending strike on August 12, but then goes on to examine the standings for the week, which had tightened considerably. In that week’s standing report, Da Paul Meisters held a one point lead (61-60) over David’s Copperfieds, but as the note mentions, there were tight races up and down the standings. Here’s a PDF of that Roster Change report: