New York–Pennsylvania League (1923-1937)
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|No. of teams||22 (total)|
|Last champion(s)||Elmira Pioneers (1)|
|Most titles||Tie (3 each):
The forerunner to the modern Class AA Eastern League, it was a Class B circuit through 1932 and upgraded to Class A for the final five seasons of its existence. It is actually the second of three leagues to bear the name. The original NY-P League played for one season, in 1891. In 1957, the PONY League changed its name to the New York-Penn League and has operated under that identity since, beginning as a Class D loop and now as a Short Season A league.
The NY-PL's longest-tenured franchises during the 1923-37 period included Binghamton, a New York Yankees affiliate, Elmira, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport, all of which were members for the league's 15-year existence.
When Hartford, Connecticut, entered the loop in 1938, the NY-PL adopted the Eastern League name, and has operated under that identity since. (Previous editions of the Eastern League had existed from 1883–86, 1892-1911 and 1916-32. The second incarnation of the EL changed its name in 1912 to the current International League.)