Sunday, May 24, 2009

Gotta Have Defunct

The "official" date of the founding of professional league baseball is 1869. Since that time, many professional leagues have come and gone (including the Federal League) before the consolidation of the National League and the American League. Most of these leagues lasted only a year or so before going the way of the Dodo. These short-lived ventures include the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (or NA - which is today not officially recognized as a major league organization, though it was at the time), the Union Association (UA), the Players' Association (PL), and the American Association (AA).

Altoona Mountain City (UA)
Baltimore Canaries (NA)
Baltimore Marylands (NA)
Baltimore Monumentals (UA)
Baltimore Orioles (AA 1882-91)
Baltimore Orioles (NL 1892-99)
Baltimore Terrapins (FL)
Boston Red Stockings (NA - 1871-75); currently the Atlanta Braves
Boston Reds (UA 1884)
Boston Reds (AA/PL 1890-91)
Brooklyn Atlantics (NA)
Brooklyn Eckfords (NA)
Brooklyn Gladiators (AA)
Brooklyn Tip-Tops (FL)
Brooklyn Ward's Wonders (PL)
Buffalo Bisons (NL - 1879-85)
Buffalo Bisons (PL - 1890)
Buffalo Bisons (FL - 1914-15)
Chicago Pirates (PL)
Chicago Whales (FL)
Chicago/Pittsburgh (UA 1884)
Chicago White Stockings (NA 1871-75); currently the Chicago Cubs
Cincinnati Kelly's Killers (AA)
Cincinnati Outlaw Reds (UA)
Cincinnati Reds (NL 1876-80)
Cleveland Blues (NL)
Cleveland Forest Citys (NA)
Cleveland Infants (PL)
Cleveland Spiders (AA; Became Cleveland Blues)
Columbus Buckeyes (AA)
Columbus Solons (AA)
Detroit Wolverines (NL)
Elizabeth Resolutes (NA)
Fort Wayne Kekiongas (NA)
Hartford Dark Blues (NA 1874-75)
Hartford Dark Blues (NL 1876-77)
Indianapolis Blues (NL)
Indianapolis Hoosiers (AA 1884)
Indianapolis Hoosiers (NL 1887-89)
Indianapolis Hoosiers (FL 1914)
Kansas City Cowboys (UA 1884)
Kansas City Cowboys (NL 1886)
Kansas City Cowboys (AA 1888-89)
Kansas City Packers (FL)
Keokuk Westerns (NA)
Louisville Colonels (AA 1885-91, NL 1891-99 was Eclipse)
Lousiville Eclipse (AA 1882-84)
Louisville Grays (NL)
Middletown Mansfields (NA)
Milwaukee Brewers (UA 1884)
Milwaukee Brewers (AA 1891)
Milwaukee Grays (NL)
New Haven Elm Citys (NA)
New York Giants (PL)
New York Metropolitans (AA 1883-87)
New York Mutuals (NA 1871-75; went to NL 1876)
Newark Pepper (FL 1915; was Indianapolis Hoosiers)
Philadelphia Athletics (NA 1871-75 became NL in 1876)
Philadelphia Athletics (NL 1876)
Philadelphia Athletics (AA 1882-90)
Philadelphia Athletics (PL/AA 1890-91)
Philadelphia Keystones (UA)
Pittsburgh Burghers (PL)
Philadelphia Centennials (NA)
Philadelphia White Stockings (NA)
Pittsburgh Rebels (FL)
Providence Grays (NL)
Richmond Virginians (AA)
Rochester Broncos (AA)
Rockford Forest Citys (NA)
St. Louis Brown Stockings (NA; became NL 1876-77)
St. Louis Maroons (UA/NL)
St. Louis Red Stockings (NA)
St. Louis Terriers (FL)
St. Paul Apostles/St. Paul White Caps (UA)
Syracuse Stars (NL 1879)
Syracuse Stars (AA 1890)
Toledo Blue Stockings (AA)
Toledo Maumees (AA)
Troy Haymakers (NA)
Troy Trojans (NL)
Washington Blue Legs (NA)
Washington Nationals (NA 1872)
Washington Nationals (NA 1875)
Washington Nationals (UA 1884)
Washington Nationals (AA 1884)
Washington Nationals (1886)
Washington Olympics (NA)
Washington Senators (1881-89)
Washington Senators (NL 1892-99)
Washington Statesmen (UA 1884)
Wilmington Quicksteps (UA)
Worcester Ruby Legs (NL)

Other teams have come and gone, only to emerge as today's franchises.
Atlanta Braves
-Boston Red Stockings
-Boston Red Caps
-Boston Beaneaters
-Boston Doves
-Boston Rustlers
-Boston Bees
-Boston Braves
-Milwaukee Braves
Baltimore Orioles
-St Louis Browns
-Milwaukee Brewers
Boston Red Sox
-Boston Americans
Chicago Cubs
-Chicago White Stockings
-Chicago Colts
-Chicago Orphans
Cincinnati Reds
-Cincinnati Red Stockings
-Cincinnati Redlegs
Cleveland Indians
-Cleveland Blues
-Cleveland Bronchos
-Cleveland Naps
Houston Astros
-Houston Colt .45's
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
-Los Angeles Angels
-California Angels
-Anaheim Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
-Brooklyn Atlantics
-Brooklyn Grays
-Brooklyn Grooms
-Brooklyn Bridegrooms
-Brooklyn Superbas
-Brooklyn Robins
-Brooklyn Dodgers
Milwaukee Brewers
-Seattle Pilots
Minnesota Twins
-Washington Senators (AL 1901-1960)
Montreal Expos
-Washington Nationals
New York Yankees
-Baltimore Orioles
-New York Highlanders
Oakland Athletics
-Kansas City Athletics
Philadelphia Phillies
-Philadelphia Quakers
-Philadelphia Blue Jays
Pittsburg Pirates
-Pittsburg Alleghenys
San Francisco Giants-New York Gothams
-New York Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
-St. Louis Brown Stockings
-St. Louis Browns
-St. Louis Perfectos
Texas Rangers
-Washington Senators (AL 1961-1971)
Washingotn Nationals
-Montreal Expos


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9 comments:

tamtam said...

fascinating and informative like usual. when i 1st became interested in baseball (which was in my mid-teens), i remembered coming across little tidbits about teams moving around and becoming defunct.

speaking of defunct, here's a question my brother asked me the other day-since MLB was first created, how many of the original teams are still active? i know the yankees are 1 of them, and i think the cubs and red sox are originals too, but i dont know the others. normally my nimble fingers would find their way to wikipedia to look this up, but since you two clearly know your stuff way better then those shmos at wikipedia, i thought id ask you.

Burton said...

I'd have to say, based on my research, that the Atlanta Braves are the oldest continuous franchise, dating back to the first Cincinnati Red Stockings (c. 1866, became 'professional' in 1869). The owner, Harry Wright, moved half of the team to Boston, where they adopted the Red Stockings moniker, and went on to become the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. The Chicago Cubs are next (1876), followed by the St. Louis Cardinals, Pirates and Cincinnati Reds (1882), then the Phillies and Giants (1883), Dodgers (1884). The Reds that Wright left behind in Cincinnati lasted until 1880, then became defunct.

Louise said...

The Cincinnati Reds should be always competitive enough to keep pace with the others. I really like them; they’ve always been my favourite teams in MLB.
Just read about them here:
http://www.redsground.com

Burton said...

...'kay.

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