A 1994 Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers' former camp in Vero Beach, Florida
National League Baltimore Orioles, 1896
The 1876 White Stockings won the NL championship.
Boston Red Sox players in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1912
Cy Young, 1911 baseball card
The 1906 Cubs won a record 116 of 154 games. They then won back-to-back World Series titles in 1907–08.
1885 Chicago White Stockings (known today as the Chicago Cubs)
Jackie Robinson comic book, 1951
1913 Chicago Cubs
Babe Ruth hit a 573-foot home run in spring training, 1918. He led the league with 11 home runs and had a 13–7 record as the Red Sox won the 1918 World Series.
1959 World Series action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Hall of Famer Hack Wilson
A 2007 Cactus League game between the Cubs and the White Sox at HoHoKam Park
Graph showing, by year, the average number of runs per MLB game
Club logo (1927–1936)
New York Giants during Spring Training in Marlin, Texas (circa 1915)
Mark McGwire was one of several central figures in baseball's steroids scandal
Cubs logo (1941–1945)
Jim Thorpe, US Olympian, New York Giants Spring Training in Marlin, Texas, likely 1918
Cleveland Indians throwback uniform
A sports-related curse that was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series.
A Braves spring training game against the Mets in 2008
A Grapefruit League game at the former Los Angeles Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida
Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub")
An extended spring training game in Sarasota, Florida, during the 2008 season
President John F. Kennedy throwing out the first pitch at the 1962 All-Star Game at DC Stadium
Ryne Sandberg set numerous league and club records in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Rafael Palmeiro (batter), one of the MLB players suspended for steroid use
Andre Dawson, 5× All-Star and 1987 NL MVP during tenure in Chicago
MLB blackout map in the United States
Sammy Sosa was the captain of the Chicago Cubs during his tenure with the team.
Canadian MLB blackout map
Kerry Wood, along with Mark Prior, led the Cubs' rotation in 2003.
MLB blackout map in the United States
Dempster emerged in 2004 and became the Cubs' regular closer.
Alfonso Soriano signed with the club in 2007.
Carlos Zambrano warming up before a game
Starlin Castro during his 2010 rookie season
One of two Cubs building blocks, Anthony Rizzo, swinging in the box
The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series.
2016 Champions visit the White House in June 2017.
Clark (left) with the Oriole Bird
Ron Santo
Billy Williams
Ferguson Jenkins
Kiki Cuyler
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
Harry Caray

Spring training is the preseason in Major League Baseball (MLB), a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season.

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The Cubs compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as part of the National League (NL) Central division.

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The location of Hot Springs and the concept of getting the players ready for the upcoming season was the brainchild of Chicago White Stockings (today's Chicago Cubs) team President Albert Spalding and Cap Anson.

- Spring training

The modern Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves franchises trace their histories back to the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players in the 1870s.

- Major League Baseball

Spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season.

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The Cubs' current spring training facility is located in Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona, where they play in the Cactus League.

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Cleveland Guardians

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American professional baseball team based in Cleveland.

American professional baseball team based in Cleveland.

The team is named after the eight Guardians of Traffic statues displayed on the Hope Memorial Bridge next to their home field.
Cy Young on a 1911 baseball card
Nap Lajoie, who won the 1903 American League Batting Championship with the Indians, was the team's namesake from 1903 to 1915, and is an MLB Hall of Famer.
1909 Cleveland Naps
Tris Speaker on a 1933 baseball card
Bob Feller; winner of the A.L. pitching Triple Crown in 1940, member of the 1948 World Series Championship team, the Indians all-time leader in wins and strikeouts, and an MLB Hall of Famer.
Logo from 1946 to 1950
Lou Boudreau, 1948 American League MVP
Al Rosen, 1953 Most Valuable Player.
Herb Score – who was the 1955 American League Rookie of the Year, a two-time A.L. All-Star, and after his playing career went on to be the longest-tenured announcer in club history, serving 34 seasons (1964–1997) as a member of the Indians broadcast team.
In 1975, Frank Robinson became the first African-American manager in MLB history
Slider, the team mascot since 1990
Progressive Field in 2008
Kenny Lofton in 1996
Mark Shapiro – Indians GM from 2001 to 2010, President from 2010 to 2015, and two-time Sporting News Executive of the Year.
CC Sabathia won the 2007 AL Cy Young Award with the Indians.
Sabathia's teammate Cliff Lee won the AL Cy Young Award in 2008.
Mike Chernoff, who has served as Indians/Guardians' general manager since 2015.
Manager Terry Francona, who in his tenure with the Indians/Guardians is a two-time AL Manager of the Year (2013, 2016), led the team to the 2016 AL Championship, and is the all-time franchise leader in wins by a manager.
Corey Kluber, who is a two-time AL Cy Young Award winner with the Indians (2014, 2017).
Shane Bieber, who won the 2020 AL Cy Young Award, giving the team five winners in 14 seasons.
The Ohio Cup trophy
Guardians wordmark logo, featured on the team's home uniforms
Cleveland in "diamond C" font is featured on the team's road uniforms
Chief Wahoo logo used from 1950 through 2018
"Block C" logo used secondarily from 2014 until 2019, then as the team's primary logo from 2019 through 2021 - the final three years under the Indians name
Guardians TV announcer Matt Underwood (seated, center) and longtime lead radio announcer Tom Hamilton (right)
Earl Averill
Larry Doby
Mel Harder
Joe Sewell
Jim Thome

The Guardians compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division.

The team's spring training facility is at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona.

Ultimately, two of the league's western clubs went out of business during the first season and the Chicago Fire left that city's White Stockings impoverished, unable to field a team again until 1874.

Chicago White Sox

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American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

1919 "Black Sox" team photo
Ed Walsh holds the record for lowest career earned run average (ERA), 1.82
Al López, manager of the "Go-Go Sox"
Harold Baines at the plate in 1986
Frank Thomas in 1997
The White Sox celebrate after winning a tie-breaker game against the Minnesota Twins for a spot in the 2008 playoffs
View from the upper deck of U.S. Cellular Field in 2006
Batting practice at Comiskey Park, 1986
The 1912–1917, 1919–1929, 1931, and 1936–1938 Chicago White Sox logo
Uniform design from 1971–1975
Alternate logo, used on the road uniform (1991–2010) and on the black alternate uniform (1993–present).
Eddie Murphy, John "Shano" Collins, Joe Jackson, Happy Felsch, and Nemo Leibold in their dugout during the 1917 World Series
Luis Aparicio (1956–62, 1968–70)
Luke Appling (1930–43, 1945–50)
Carlton Fisk (1981–1993)
Nellie Fox (1950–1963)
Shoeless Joe Jackson (1915–1920)
Ted Lyons (1923–1942, 1946)
Minnie Miñoso (1951–57, 1960–61, 1964, 1976, 1980)
Bill Veeck, White Sox owner (1959–61, 1975–80) who revolutionized baseball by introducing many innovations in promotion
Southpaw
Fielder Jones of the White Sox hits the ball against Cubs at West Side Grounds, 1905
Elson in the 1940s
Harrelson in the broadcast booth in 2007

The White Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division.

The White Sox are one of two MLB teams based in Chicago, the other being the Chicago Cubs of the National League (NL) Central division.

Tucson, Arizona (Tucson Electric Park, 1998–2008, Cactus League, shared with Arizona Diamondbacks)

St. Louis Cardinals

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American professional baseball team based in St. Louis.

American professional baseball team based in St. Louis.

Charles Comiskey, shown here circa 1910, guided the Browns to four American Association titles.
Rogers Hornsby won two Triple Crowns as a Cardinal.
Stan Musial retired owning numerous National League and team batting records.
Bob Gibson, the most decorated pitcher in team history, won two Cy Young Awards.
Pitcher Chris Carpenter, essential in two World Series titles, won 10 playoff games with a 3.00 postseason ERA.
Albert Pujols is one of the most accomplished players in Cardinals' history.
Sportsman's Park during the 1946 World Series
Busch Memorial Stadium, home stadium from 1966 to 2005
St. Louis logo (1900–1919)
St. Louis mascot Fredbird, 2013
Red Schoendienst (1965–76, 1980, 1990)
Tony La Russa (1996–2011)
Joe Medwick's Triple Crown in 1937 is the last in the history of the National League
Lou Brock
Dizzy Dean
Curt Flood
Enos Slaughter
Ozzie Smith
Bruce Sutter
Harry Caray

The Cardinals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division.

In two of these championships, the Browns met the Chicago White Stockings, now the Chicago Cubs, launching the enduring Cardinals–Cubs rivalry.

The Cardinals home field in spring training is Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.

Cincinnati Reds

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American professional baseball team based in Cincinnati.

American professional baseball team based in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds baseball team in 1909
Hall of famer Edd Roush led Cincinnati to the 1919 World Series.
Ted Kluszewski (1953)
Crosley Field (pictured in 1969), the Reds' home stadium from 1912 to 1970
Riverfront Stadium (pictured in 1974), the home stadium of the Reds from 1970 to 2002
Pete Rose at bat in a game at Dodger Stadium during the 1970s
George Foster slugged 52 home runs in 1977, earning the NL MVP award.
Eric Davis in 1990
Opening day at Riverfront Stadium, 1995
Great American Ball Park, the Reds' home stadium since 2003
Ken Griffey Jr. played in his hometown of Cincinnati from 2000 to 2008.
Joey Votto, first baseman (2007–present)
Great American Ball Park opened in 2003 along the Ohio River.
Logo (1915–1919)
Scott Rolen wearing the current Reds away uniform, featuring classic lettering.
Barry Larkin playing in Riverfront Stadium in 1990
Frank Robinson
Eppa Rixey
Ernie Lombardi
The Ohio Cup trophy
Marty Brennaman, the Hall of Fame "voice of the Reds"

The Reds compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division, and were a charter member of the American Association in 1881 before joining the NL in 1890.

In, the Reds were in the newly created National League Central Division with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and fellow rivals Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros.

The Ohio Cup was an annual pre-season baseball game, which pitted the Ohio rivals Cleveland Guardians and Cincinnati Reds.

Boston Red Sox

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American professional baseball team based in Boston.

American professional baseball team based in Boston.

The Red Sox logo worn on uniforms in 1908, announcing the team's first official nickname
The 1901 Boston Americans team photograph
The Americans logo, 1901–07
Iconic photo of the Huntington Avenue Grounds before the first modern World Series game
A season pass for the 1906 season.
Babe Ruth in 1915
Ted Williams in 1954
The bullpen car used by the Red Sox
Carlton Fisk, best known for his "waving fair" home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series
Roger Clemens is the club's all-time strikeout (2,590), wins (192), and shutouts (38) leader
The Red Sox hosting a home game against the Atlanta Braves in July 2001
The Red Sox celebrate their clinching of the 2003 AL Wild Card with a victory over the Baltimore Orioles
David Ortiz was named 2004 ALCS MVP and 2013 World Series MVP. His #34 was retired by the club in 2017
2007 season final standing
Victorious Red Sox players being honored at the White House by President George W. Bush
The Massachusetts State House displaying a banner in honor of the Red Sox's 2013 World Series appearance. "B Strong" was a patch worn by the Red Sox in memory of Boston Marathon bombing victims
2018 ALCS MVP – Jackie Bradley Jr.
2018 World Series MVP – Steve Pearce
Left field grandstands during a 2014 game
Center field bleachers during a 2014 game
A spring training game at JetBlue Park
1907: Boston players leaving their hotel in Little Rock for a spring training game (photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library)
Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame at Fenway Park

The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division.

The Red Sox traded the team's popular, yet oft-injured, shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and outfielder Matt Murton to the Chicago Cubs, and received first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz from the Minnesota Twins, and shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Montreal Expos.

The franchise's first spring training was held in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1901, when the team was known as the Boston Americans.