National League

Shea Stadium prior to the start of a New York Mets game in 2008. Shea had the best attendance in the National League that year, drawing over 53,000 fans per game on average.
Morgan Bulkeley, the first president of the National League

Older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest extant professional team sports league.

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New York Giants (baseball)

1883 Gothams
1908–16, 1919–22, 1928–29
1923–27, 1930–31
Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson
The Giants at the batting cage in 1923
Willie Mays, 1954
1904–07

The New York Giants were a Major League Baseball team in the National League that began play in the season as the New York Gothams and were renamed in.

Philadelphia Phillies

American professional baseball team based in Philadelphia.

American professional baseball team based in Philadelphia.

1888 Philadelphia Quakers
Grover Cleveland Alexander, Phillies pitcher from 1911 to 1917 and 1930
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1964 Philadelphia Phillies
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Darren Daulton, Phillies' catcher from 1983, 1985 to 1997
Citizens Bank Park has been the Phillies' home since 2004.
Chase Utley, Phillies' second baseman from 2003 to 2015
Ryan Howard, Phillies' first baseman from 2004 to 2016
Roy Halladay, Phillies' pitcher from 2010 to 2013
Bryce Harper was signed by the team in 2019.
The Phillies play division rival New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 29, 2017.
Gene Mauch, Phillies' manager from 1960 to 1968
Charlie Manuel, Phillies' manager from 2005 to 2013
Ed Delahanty, 1945 Hall of Fame inductee
Mike Schmidt, 1990 Wall of Fame inductee
Steve Carlton, Phillies' pitcher from 1972 to 1986
Chuck Klein, 1932 NL MVP and 1933 Triple Crown winner
John Kruk, Phillies first baseman from 1989 to 1994
8× Gold Glove winner Garry Maddox (1975–1986)
The Centennial Team plaque at the left end of the Wall of Fame
Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, April 2009
Harry Kalas, Phillies broadcaster from 1971 to 2009
Phillies fans, who have a reputation for occasional unruly behavior, brawl with New York Mets fans at Shea Stadium, September 2007

They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League (NL) East division.

1870 Chicago White Stockings (later Cubs): (l-r) Ned Cuthbert, Fred Treacey, Charlie Hodes, Levi Meyerle, Ed Pinkham, Jimmy Wood, Bub McAtee, Bill Craver, Marshall King, Clipper Flynn

History of the Chicago Cubs

1870 Chicago White Stockings (later Cubs): (l-r) Ned Cuthbert, Fred Treacey, Charlie Hodes, Levi Meyerle, Ed Pinkham, Jimmy Wood, Bub McAtee, Bill Craver, Marshall King, Clipper Flynn
West Side Grounds served as the club's home for nearly 30 years
The 1876 White Stockings won the N.L.'s first pennant
Cap Anson, who played a record 27 straight seasons, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939
Chicago reached the World Series four times between 1906 and 1910, winning twice.
Cubs right fielder Max Flack, c. 1920. Note the Doublemint "elves" atop the scoreboard, and the Wilson Sporting Goods sign on the right field wall.
The Cubs play at Wrigley Field, May 1970
Andre Dawson meeting a young fan in 1988.
Shawon Dunston was a Cub for over a decade and inspired the Shawon-O-Meter, with which fans tracked his batting average
Kerry Wood owns a share of the MLB single-game strikeout record
3B Aramis Ramírez was acquired in 2003 in a lopsided deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates
Derrek Lee, Moisés Alou and Ramírez led the Chicago Cubs offense in 2005
Alfonso Soriano, who signed the richest deal in franchise history in 2007, toys with fans at the Friendly Confines
Lines can become very long outside Gate N, the entrance to the Bud Light Bleachers. Lines often start forming as early as 9 a.m. for a 1:20 p.m. first pitch.
The Cubs celebrate the team's first World Series win in 108 years
Flag commemorating 10,000 wins

The following is a franchise history of the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball, a charter member of the National League who started play in the National Association in 1870 as the Chicago White Stockings.

Chicago White Sox

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

Sapporo Dome in Japan serves as home ballpark for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, a professional baseball team playing in Nippon Professional Baseball.

American Association (1882–1891)

Professional baseball league that existed for 10 seasons from to.

Professional baseball league that existed for 10 seasons from to.

Sapporo Dome in Japan serves as home ballpark for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, a professional baseball team playing in Nippon Professional Baseball.

Together with the National League (NL), founded in, the AA participated in an early version of the World Series seven times versus the champion of the NL in an interleague championship playoff tournament.

Union Association

League in Major League Baseball which lasted for just the 1884 season.

League in Major League Baseball which lasted for just the 1884 season.

St. Louis won the pennant and joined the National League the following season.

Pittsburgh Pirates

American professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh.

American professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh.

The 1909 Pirates in a poster celebrating their National League pennant. Frank Chance of Chicago and John McGraw of New York, two teams the Pirates beat for the pennant, are being made to Walk the plank.
Forbes Field, home ballpark from 1909 to 1970
Pittsburgh clinching the Division Title, 1990
Uniform design in the 1940s
Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente collected 3,000 hits and was named World Series MVP in 1971
Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner led the NL in home runs for seven straight seasons (1946–1952)
Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski hit a dramatic ninth-inning walk-off home run that decided the 1960 World Series
Honus Wagner is considered to be one of the greatest shortstops of all time and was a member of the MLB Hall of Fame's Inaugural Class in 1936. The 1909 American Tobacco Company card (pictured) is one of the rarest and most expensive baseball cards in the world
Willie Stargell is the Pirates' all-time leader in Home runs and RBIs.
Wilbur Cooper holds the Pirates record for most wins and complete games.
Chief Wilson set the MLB all-time record for triples in a single season in 1912 with 36.
Bing Crosby co-owned the Pirates from 1946 until his death in 1977
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PNC Park prior to a game in 2014.
LECOM Park, which hosts the Pirates' Spring Training games

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

Mookie Betts hits a pitch by swinging his bat

Players' League

Short-lived but star-studded professional American baseball league of the 19th century.

Short-lived but star-studded professional American baseball league of the 19th century.

Mookie Betts hits a pitch by swinging his bat

The PL was formed by the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players in November 1889, after a dispute over pay with the National League (NL) and American Association (AA).

Minor League Baseball

Minor League Baseball (MiLB) refers to professional baseball below Major League Baseball (MLB), including teams affiliated with MLB clubs and independent baseball leagues consisting of teams with no affiliation.

Minor League Baseball (MiLB) refers to professional baseball below Major League Baseball (MLB), including teams affiliated with MLB clubs and independent baseball leagues consisting of teams with no affiliation.

Class A-Advanced California League game in San Jose, California, 1994
Mascots at a Triple-A game in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 2016
Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies
A 2011 Double-A game between the Montgomery Biscuits and Carolina Mudcats
Will Rhymes bats during a 2006 Class A game between the West Michigan Whitecaps and Kane County Cougars
Jake Thompson pitches for the GCL Tigers against the GCL Blue Jays in 2012
Patrick T. Powers, first president of the NAPBL
Jigger Statz played in over 2500 minor league games
Joe DiMaggio during his time playing in the Pacific Coast League, circa 1933–1936
Jackie Robinson with the Triple-A Montreal Royals in July 1946
Rob Manfred
Players of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals in July 2017
C C Sabathia of the New York Yankees with the Trenton Thunder in July 2014
Ryan Blakney (left) and Ben May umpiring in the Midwest League in 2008
The 2011 Omaha Storm Chasers, Pacific Coast League champions
Former headquarters of Minor League Baseball in St. Petersburg, Florida
Haymarket Park, home to the Lincoln Saltdogs, an independent baseball team in Lincoln, Nebraska
Warren Giles, namesake of the league president annual award

This problem was solved in 1876 with the formation of the National League (NL), with a limited membership which excluded less competitive and financially weaker teams.

Cincinnati Reds

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.