The National League (NL) agreed with the American League (AL) to meet annualy in the World Series beginning in 1903.   From this point forward, the history of both leagues can be found in Major League Baseball (MLB)
F i l t e r   &   S o r t 
St. Louis Cardinals Logo
1900-1902 (3 seasons in NL)
66-72 average record
After the American Association folded, they joined the National League in 1892. Franchise currently exists as the St. Louis Cardinals.
Brooklyn Superbas Logo
1899-1902 (4 seasons in NL)
84-55 average record 2
Left the American Association to join the National League to begin the 1890 season. Left Brooklyn and relocated to Los Angeles to begin the 1957 season. Franchise currently exists as the Los Angeles Dodgers.
St. Louis Perfectos Logo
1899-1899 (1 season in NL)
84-67 record
After the American Association folded, they joined the National League in 1892. Franchise currently exists as the St. Louis Cardinals.
Chicago Orphans Logo
1898-1902 (5 seasons in NL)
69-74 average record
Left the National Association to become one of 8 founding clubs of the National League in 1876.
St. Louis Browns Logo
1892-1898 (7 seasons in NL)
45-91 average record
After the American Association folded, they joined the National League in 1892. Franchise currently exists as the St. Louis Cardinals.
Baltimore Orioles Logo
1892-1899 (8 seasons in NL)
81-56 average record 2
After the American Association folded, they joined the National League in 1892. In 1899, the NL eliminated four teams, the Orioles among them.
Louisville Colonels Logo
1892-1899 (8 seasons in NL)
52-85 average record
Joined the National League after the American Association folded following the 1891 season. The franchise folded and player contracts were purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of the 1899 season when the National League contracted back to 8 teams.
Washington Senators Logo
1892-1899 (8 seasons in NL)
51-87 average record
Joined the National League after the American Association folded following the 1891 season. Franchise folded at the end of the 1899 season when the National League contracted back to 8 teams.
Pittsburg Pirates Logo
1891-1902 (12 seasons in NL)
75-63 average record 2
Left the American Association to join the National League to begin the 1887 season. Franchise currently exists as the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Chicago Colts Logo
1890-1897 (8 seasons in NL)
69-65 average record
Left the National Association to become one of 8 founding clubs of the National League in 1876.
Cincinnati Reds Logo
1890-1902 (13 seasons in NL)
70-67 average record
Left the American Association to join the National League to begin the 1890 season. Franchise currently exists as the Cincinnati Reds.
Brooklyn Bridegrooms Logo
1890-1898 (9 seasons in NL)
69-66 average record 1
Left the American Association to join the National League to begin the 1890 season. Left Brooklyn and relocated to Los Angeles to begin the 1957 season. Franchise currently exists as the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Philadelphia Phillies Logo
1890-1902 (13 seasons in NL)
74-64 average record
Entered the National League in 1883. Franchise currently exists as the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cleveland Spiders Logo
1889-1899 (11 seasons in NL)
67-69 average record
Left the American Association to join the National League to begin the 1889 season. Folded at the end of the 1899 season when the National League contracted back to 8 teams.
Pittsburg Alleghenys Logo
1887-1890 (4 seasons in NL)
51-80 average record
Left the American Association to join the National League to begin the 1887 season. Franchise currently exists as the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Indianapolis Hoosiers Logo
1887-1889 (3 seasons in NL)
49-83 average record
Only team to continue after the Union Associaton folded in 1884, joining the National League to begin the 1885 season. Team was sold and left St. Louis to be relocated to Indianapolis to begin the 1887 season. Franchise folded following the 1889 season.
Kansas City Cowboys Logo
1886-1886 (1 season in NL)
30-91 record
Admitted to the National League on a trial basis for the 1886 season. The league disbanded the team after one year and admitted the Pittsburg Alleghenys from the American Association.
Washington Nationals Logo
1886-1889 (4 seasons in NL)
41-84 average record
After 4 years in the National League, the franchise folded following the 1889 season.
New York Giants Logo
1885-1902 (18 seasons in NL)
70-63 average record 3
Entered the National League in 1883. Left New York and relocated to San Francisco to begin the 1958 season.
St. Louis Maroons Logo
1885-1886 (2 seasons in NL)
40-76 average record
Only team to continue after the Union Associaton folded in 1884, joining the National League to begin the 1885 season. Team was sold and left St. Louis to be relocated to Indianapolis to begin the 1887 season. Franchise folded following the 1889 season.
New York Gothams Logo
1883-1884 (2 seasons in NL)
54-50 average record
Entered the National League in 1883. Left New York and relocated to San Francisco to begin the 1958 season.
Boston Beaneaters Logo
1883-1902 (20 seasons in NL)
76-54 average record 6
Left the National Association to become one of 8 founding clubs of the National League in 1876. Left Boston and relocated to Milwaukee to begin the 1953 season. Left Milwaukee and relocated to Atlanta to begin the 1966 season. Franchise currently exists as the Atlanta Braves.
Philadelphia Quakers Logo
1883-1889 (7 seasons in NL)
56-61 average record
Entered the National League in 1883. Franchise currently exists as the Philadelphia Phillies.
Detroit Wolverines Logo
1881-1888 (8 seasons in NL)
53-55 average record 1
After 8 years in the National League, the franchise folded following the 1888 season.
Worcester Ruby Legs Logo
1880-1882 (3 seasons in NL)
30-53 average record
After 3 years in the National League, the franchise folded following the 1882 season.
Troy Trojans Logo
1879-1882 (4 seasons in NL)
34-48 average record
After 4 years in the National League, the franchise folded following the 1882 season.
Buffalo Bisons Logo
1879-1885 (7 seasons in NL)
45-48 average record
After 7 years in the National League, the franchise folded and sold all player contracts to the Detroit Wolverines following the 1885 season.
Syracuse Stars Logo
1879-1879 (1 season in NL)
22-48 record
After its only year in the National League, the franchise folded following the 1879 season.
Cleveland Blues Logo
1879-1884 (6 seasons in NL)
40-50 average record
After 6 years in the National League, the franchise folded and sold all player contracts to the Brooklyn Grays following the 1884 season.
Milwaukee Grays Logo
1878-1878 (1 season in NL)
15-45 record
After its only year in the National League, the franchise folded following the 1878 season.
Providence Grays Logo
1878-1885 (8 seasons in NL)
55-35 average record 2
After 8 years in the National League, the franchise folded following the 1885 season.
Indianapolis Blues Logo
1878-1878 (1 season in NL)
24-36 record
After its only year in the National League, the franchise folded following the 1878 season.
Brooklyn Hartfords Logo
1877-1877 (1 season in NL)
31-27 record
Left the National Association to become one of 8 founding clubs of the National League in 1876. Left Hartford and relocated to Brooklyn to begin the 1877 season. Franchise folded following the 1877 season.
New York Mutuals Logo
1876-1876 (1 season in NL)
21-35 record
Left the National Association to become one of 8 founding clubs of the National League in 1876. Franchise folded after being expelled from the league for failing to complete its final road trip of the 1876 season.
Boston Red Caps Logo
1876-1882 (7 seasons in NL)
43-32 average record 2
Left the National Association to become one of 8 founding clubs of the National League in 1876. Left Boston and relocated to Milwaukee to begin the 1953 season. Left Milwaukee and relocated to Atlanta to begin the 1966 season. Franchise currently exists as the Atlanta Braves.
Louisville Grays Logo
1876-1877 (2 seasons in NL)
33-31 average record
One of 8 teams that founded the National League in 1876. Franchise folded following the 1877 season when four players were banned for gambling.
Hartford Dark Blues Logo
1876-1876 (1 season in NL)
47-21 record
Left the National Association to become one of 8 founding clubs of the National League in 1876. Left Hartford and relocated to Brooklyn to begin the 1877 season. Franchise folded following the 1877 season.
Philadelphia Athletics Logo
1876-1876 (1 season in NL)
14-45 record
Left the National Association to become one of 8 founding clubs of the National League in 1876. Franchise folded after being expelled from the league for failing to complete its final road trip of the 1876 season.
Chicago White Stockings Logo
1876-1889 (14 seasons in NL)
60-36 average record 6
Left the National Association to become one of 8 founding clubs of the National League in 1876.
Cincinnati Red Stockings Logo
1876-1880 (5 seasons in NL)
25-43 average record
One of 8 teams that founded the National League in 1876. Franchise folded following the 1890 seasons after being expelled from the league due to scheduling games on Sundays and the marketing of the beer sales.
St. Louis Brown Stockings Logo
1876-1877 (2 seasons in NL)
37-26 average record
One of 8 teams that founded the National League in 1876. Franchise folded following the 1877 season when two players were banned for gambling.

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