19th-century National League teams

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The following is a list of United States Major League Baseball teams that played in the National League during the 19th century.

Surviving teams[edit]

Major league[edit]

Minor league[edit]

  • Buffalo Bisons 1879–1885 – Moved to the minors in 1886 and played in Buffalo until 1970 before several moves. Suspended operations in 1973. A current minor league team bearing the "Buffalo Bisons" name, dating to 1979, claims this team as part of their official history.

Defunct teams[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Franchises by Year[edit]

  • 1876
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Cincinnati
    • Hartford
    • Louisville
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Saint Louis
  • Between 1876 and 1877 seasons
    • Drop: New York and Philadelphia
  • 1877
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Cincinnati
    • Hartford (plays most games in Brooklyn)
    • Louisville
    • Saint Louis
  • Between 1877 and 1878 seasons
    • Drop: Hartford, Louisville and Saint Louis
    • Add: Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Providence
  • 1878
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Cincinnati
    • Indianapolis
    • Milwaukee
    • Providence
  • Between 1878 and 1879 seasons
    • Drop: Indianapolis and Milwaukee
    • Add: Buffalo, Cleveland, Syracuse and Troy
  • 1879
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Cincinnati
    • Providence
    • Buffalo
    • Cleveland
    • Syracuse
    • Troy
  • Between 1879 and 1880 seasons
    • Drop: Syracuse
    • Add: Worcester
  • 1880
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Cincinnati
    • Providence
    • Buffalo
    • Cleveland
    • Troy
    • Worcester
  • Between 1880 and 1881 seasons
    • Drop: Cincinnati
    • Add: Detroit
  • 1881
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Providence
    • Buffalo
    • Cleveland
    • Troy
    • Worcester
    • Detroit
  • Between 1881 and 1882 seasons
    • Drop:none
    • Add: none
  • 1882
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Providence
    • Buffalo
    • Cleveland
    • Troy
    • Worcester
    • Detroit
  • Between 1882 and 1883 seasons
    • Drop: Troy and Worcester
    • Add: New York and Philadelphia
  • 1883
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Providence
    • Buffalo
    • Cleveland
    • Detroit
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
  • Between 1883 and 1884 seasons
    • Drop: none
    • Add: none
  • 1884
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Providence
    • Buffalo
    • Cleveland
    • Detroit
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
  • Between 1884 and 1885 seasons
    • Drop: Cleveland
    • Add: Saint Louis from Union Association
  • 1885
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Providence
    • Buffalo
    • Detroit
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Saint Louis
  • Between 1885 and 1886 seasons
    • Drop: Buffalo and Providence
    • Add: Kansas City and Washington
  • 1886
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Detroit
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Saint Louis
    • Kansas City
    • Washington
  • Between 1886 and 1887 seasons
    • Drop: Kansas City and Saint Louis
    • Add: Indianapolis and Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh from American Association)
  • 1887
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Detroit
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Washington
    • Indianapolis
    • Pittsburgh
  • Between 1887 and 1888 seasons
    • Drop: none
    • Add: none
  • 1888
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • Detroit
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Washington
    • Indianapolis
    • Pittsburgh
  • Between 1888 and 1889 seasons
    • Drop: Detroit
    • Add: Cleveland from American Association
  • 1889
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Washington
    • Indianapolis
    • Pittsburgh
    • Cleveland
  • Between 1889 and 1890 seasons
    • Drop: Indianapolis and Washington
    • Add: Brooklyn and Cincinnati (Both from American Association)
  • 1890
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Pittsburgh
    • Cleveland
    • Brooklyn
    • Cincinnati
  • Between 1890 and 1891 seasons
    • Drop: none
    • Add: none
  • 1891
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Pittsburgh
    • Cleveland
    • Brooklyn
    • Cincinnati
  • Between 1891 and 1892 seasons
    • Drop: none
    • Add: Baltimore, Louisville, Saint Louis and Washington (All from American Association)
  • 1892–1899
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Pittsburgh
    • Cleveland
    • Brooklyn
    • Cincinnati
    • Baltimore
    • Louisville
    • Saint Louis
    • Washington

This lineup of teams would remain the same from the 1892 to the end of the 1899 season. After the 1899 season Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville and Washington were dropped from the National League.

  • 1900
    • Boston
    • Chicago
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Pittsburgh
    • Brooklyn
    • Cincinnati
    • Saint Louis

This lineup remained the same until Boston relocated to Milwaukee in 1953.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Thorn, John (1999). Palmer, Pete; et al., eds. Total Baseball (6th ed. ed.). Total Sports. ISBN 978-1-892129-03-1.