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Encyclopedia > National Association of Professional Base Ball Players

The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NAPBBP), or simply the National Association (NA), was founded in 1871 and lasted through the 1875 season. It succeeded the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) and several of its clubs created the succeeding National League, which essentially survives as Major League Baseball. The NA is commonly considered the first professional baseball league and the first of the major leagues, although MLB does not recognize it. See also: 1870 in sports, other events of 1871, 1872 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Baseball The first all-professional league, the National Association is founded. ... See also: 1874 in sports, other events of 1875, 1876 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Boat race Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - Oxford Football (Soccer) March 13 FA Cup - Royal Engineers beat Old Etonions 2-0 (replay) Horse racing Aristides wins first Kentucky Derby Vinaigratte wins... The National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) was founded in 1857 by sixteen baseball clubs located in the New York metropolitan area. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ...


Several factors limited the lifespan of the National Association including

  • Dominance by a single team (Boston) for most of the league's existence
  • Instability of franchises; several were placed in cities too small to support major league baseball
  • Lack of central authority
  • Suspicions of the influence of gamblers

Contents


Member Clubs

Established 1871 League National League Division East Division Ballpark Turner Field Capacity 50,091 Current uniform The Atlanta Braves are a Major League Baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876-present) Central Division (1994-present) Current uniform Ballpark Wrigley Field (1916-present) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1908 â€¢ 1907 NL Pennants (10) 1945 â€¢ 1938 â€¢ 1935 â€¢ 1932 1929 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1910 â€¢ 1908 1907 â€¢ 1906 Central Division titles (1) 2003 East Division titles (2) 1984... The Fort Wayne Kekiongas won the first major league baseball game ever played, on May 4, 1871. ... The Mutual baseball club of New York City was a 19th century ball club. ... For the team that played in the American Association 1882-1891, see Philadelphia Athletics (American Association). ... Rockford Forest Citys was one of the first professional baseball clubs, playing for one season during the National Association inaugural year of 1871. ... The Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn (Atlantic or the Brooklyn Atlantics) was baseballs first champion and its first dynasty. ... The Elizabeth Resolutes were a 19th century baseball team based in Elizabeth, New Jersey. ... The Hartford Dark Blues were a 19th century baseball team. ...

Team names technicalities

The way the teams are listed above puts their names in the modern context of a city name plus a nickname. In fact, the singular form of that "nickname" was often the team name itself, with its base city "understood" and was so listed in the standings. Example: Rather than saying "Brooklyn Atlantics", the team was simply called "Atlantic", or "Atlantic of Brooklyn" if deemed necessary by the writer.


Another common practice was to refer to the team in the plural; hence the "Bostons" the "Chicagos"... or the "Mutuals". Hence some additional confusion for modern readers.


Sometimes the team would have a nickname, usually something to do with the team colors. Examples: Boston Red Stockings, Chicago White Stockings, Mutual Green Stockings. A relatively modern equivalent to this was when the Pacific Coast League had two teams in San Francisco, called "San Francisco" and "Mission". The teams were officially the "Seals" and the "Reds" respectively. However, the second team was also often called the "Missions". The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


This practice of using the singular form of the "nickname" as the team name faded with time, although as recently as the early 1900s, the team generally known as "Philadelphia Athletics" was shown in the American League standings as "Athletic", the traditional way. // Events and Trends Technology First flight by the Wright brothers, December 17, 1903. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...


The closest modern sports franchises come to this style is by assigning a name that reflects the region that the team wants to represent. The Rangers have always played in Arlington, Texas, but the team is listed as "Texas" in the standings because that is what the team calls itself: The Texas Rangers, not the Arlington Texans. In 2005, this idea came full circle: in the early 1870s, there were the Mutual Green Stockings of New York. Now we have the newly redubbed Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Major league affiliations American League (1961-present) West Division (1972-present) Current uniform Ballpark Ameriquest Field in Arlington (1994-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In 1994, a players... Official website: http://www. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... // Events and Trends Technology The invention of the telephone (1876) by Alexander Graham Bell. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961-present) West Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Angel Stadium of Anaheim (1966-present) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 2002 AL Pennants (1) 2002 West Division titles (5) 2005 â€¢ 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1982 1979 Wild card berths (1) 2002 The Los Angeles Angels...


The way the NA teams were typically shown in contemporary standings was as follows:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Forest City (of Cleveland)
  • Kekionga
  • Mutual
  • Athletic
  • Forest City (of Rockford) - a little confusing in 1871
  • Troy
  • Olympic
  • Atlantic
  • Eckford
  • Lord Baltimore
  • Mansfield
  • National
  • Maryland
  • Philadelphia
  • Resolute
  • Hartford
  • Centennial
  • Elm City
  • St. Louis Brown Stockings
  • St. Louis Red Stockings
  • Western

Timeline


Several others found the National Association of Amateur Base Ball Players. It does not survive long or inspire a replacement, so the short forms professional association and amateur association do not survive long. The National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) was founded in 1857 by sixteen baseball clubs located in the New York metropolitan area. ... The National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) was founded in 1857 by sixteen baseball clubs located in the New York metropolitan area. ...

  • 1876 - Six clubs from the NA and two independents establish the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs: Boston, Hartford, Mutual, Athletic, Chicago, and the St. Louis Brown Stockings from the NA plus independent clubs Louisville and Cincinnati.

This article refers to the American baseball league. ... Louisville redirects here. ... The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...

Champions

  • 1871 Athletic
  • 1872 Boston
  • 1873 Boston
  • 1874 Boston
  • 1875 Boston

NA Presidents

Robert Vavasour Ferguson (January 31, 1845 – May 3, 1894), nicknamed Death to Flying Things, was an American infielder and manager in the early days of the baseball, playing both before and after baseball became professional. ...

References

  • David Pietrusza Major Leagues: The Formation, Sometimes Absorption and Mostly Inevitable Demise of 18 Professional Baseball Organizations, 1871 to Present Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Company, 1991. ISBN 0-89950-590-2

 
 

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