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APRIL 22, 1876
The National League played its first game on this date in 1876.
5 to 4. It became known as the Senior Circuit because it existed for 25 years before the American League
The National League was started by several teams from the National Association, which basically went belly-up with the birth of the NL. The new league went through many changes in its first few seasons. Some teams folded and some got kicked out. It’s a wonder the league survived. According to several sources, the eight charter franchises were variations of the:
Red Caps (the current Atlanta Braves)
(the current Chicago Cubs)
Only one original franchise exists today as it did back in 1876 – The Cincinnati Reds. Many of the names sound familiar only because new franchises liked to take old names.
By 1900, eight franchises were in place that would remain through today. Though some names and addresses would change:
Braves, Dodgers, Cubs, Reds, Giants, Phillies, Pirates, and Cardinals.
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