Boston Red Sox Logo
⚾ MLB: 1901-2020 120 9
One of the eight original American League teams beginning with the 1901 season.
New England Patriots Logo
Founded in 1959 as the Boston Patriots, the team was a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) before joining the NFL in 1970 through the AFL–NFL merger. The Patriots played their home ga...
Boston Celtics Logo
🏀 NBA: 1947-2020 74 17
Founded in 1946 as one of the league's original eight teams, the Celtics play their home games at TD Garden, which they share with the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins. The Celtics are regarded ...
Boston Bruins Logo
NHL: 1925-2020 96 6
One of the Original Six hockey teams, in existence since 1924, making them the third-oldest active team in the NHL, and the oldest to be based in the United States.

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Hartford Whalers Logo
NHL: 1973-1997 25 1
The franchise was formed in 1971 as the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Whalers saw success immediately, winning the Eastern Division in the WHA's first three seasons, a...
Boston Braves Logo
⚾ MLB: 1871-1952 82 13
Left the National Association to become one of 8 founding clubs of the NL in 1876. Left Boston and relocated to Milwaukee in 1953. Left Milwaukee to become the Atlanta Braves in 1966.
Providence Steamrollers Logo
The Steamrollers were one of the original eleven NBA franchises (when the league was called the Basketball Association of America). The franchise posted an all-time record of 46–122 (.274) before fold...
Boston Yanks Logo
🏈 NFL: 1944-1948 5
The Colts have competed as a member club of the NFL since their founding in Baltimore in 1953 after then-owner Carroll Rosenbloom purchased the assets of the NFL's last founding Ohio League member Day...
Boston Shamrocks Logo
The Boston Shamrocks were a professional American football team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The team played in the second American Football League from 1936 to 1937, followed by at least one year ...
Boston Redskins Logo
Formerly known as the Washington Redskins, the team competes in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the NFC East division. The team plays its home games at FedExField in Landover, M...
Boston Trojans Logo
🏀 ABL: 1926-1935 10
In it's only season, the team was stocked with some of the best-known pro players of the era. Most of his stars, however, were in their early thirties and years beyond their prime.
Providence Steam Rollers Logo
The Providence Steam Rollers (also referred to as the Providence Steam Roller, the Providence Steamroller and the Providence Steamrollers) was a professional American football team based in Providence...
Boston Bulldogs Logo
The Pottsville Maroons were an American football team based in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, in the Northeastern part of the state. Founded in 1920, they played in the National Football League (NFL) from ...
Hartford Blues Logo
The Hartford Blues of the National Football League played only in the 1926 NFL season, with a record of 3–7. The team was based in Hartford, Connecticut but played at the East Hartford Velodrome....
Boston Royal Giants Logo
Also known as the Boston Giants and Boston Colored Giants, they were often marketed as the Quaker Giants and Philadelphia Giants. The team mostly served as a farm team of sorts for the league.
Lowell (Mass.) Logo
Lowell-Pawtuckettville Athletic Club played for 5 seasons from 1901 to 1905, several in the NEL, before folding....
Haverhill (Mass.) Logo
Haverhill (Mass.) played for 2 seasons from 1904 to 1905, several in the NEL, before folding....
South Framingham (Mass.) Logo
South Framingham (Mass.) played for 3 seasons from 1902 to 1904, several in the NEL, before folding....
Webster Wizzards Logo
Marlboro YMCA transfered to Webster on December 15, 1899
Boston Reds Logo
⚾ AA: 1890-1891 2 2
Joined the American Association after the Players League folded following the 1890 season. The AA folded the following season and the Reds players were absorbed into existing NL clubs in 1892.
Providence Grays Logo
⚾ NL: 1878-1885 8 2
After 8 years in the National League, the franchise folded following the 1885 season.
Boston Reds Logo
⚾ UA: 1884-1884 1
Team disbanded after the Union Association folded following the 1884 season.
Worcester Ruby Legs Logo
After 3 years in the National League, the franchise folded following the 1882 season.
Hartford Dark Blues Logo
Left the National Association to become one of 8 founding clubs of the National League in 1876. Left Hartford and relocated to Brooklyn in 1877 and folded after the season.
Boston Tri-Mountain Logo
The Tri-Mountain Club of Boston in the NABBP were one of the earliest known baseball teams. Based in Boston, their earliest known game was played in 1857. Another club has recently organized in Bost...
Boston Lowell Logo
The Lowell Club of Boston in the NABBP were one of the earliest known baseball teams. Based in Boston, their earliest known game was played on March 18, 1861...
The early history of sports contains hundreds of teams that appeared for only 1 or 2 seasons before folding. Most of these teams have no historical photographs or articles, so are omitted from this list to reduce clutter. To view a comprehensive list of all defunct teams, browse to the early leagues section for baseball, football, basketball, or hockey.
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