Timeline of Major League Baseball


Timeline of Major League Baseball

The following is a timeline of franchise evolution in Major League Baseball. The histories of franchises in the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP), National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NA), Union Association (UA), and American Association (AA) before they joined the National League are also included. The charter members of the American League had all been members of the minor league Western League prior to it becoming a competing major league.

The first line is the formation of the National League in 1876, and the second is the transformation of the American League to a major league in 1901. The third line is the beginning of the expansion era in 1961.

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# Note on dates: A team's bar begins with the season that team played its first game, and ends with the season after that team played its last game. For example, the Cincinnati Red Stockings played their first game in 1876, the first season of the National League, and played their last game in 1880. Therefore, their bar goes from 1876 to 1881.

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bar:PRO from:1878 till:1886 color:skyblue text:"Providence Grays" $Right

# --- 1879 bar:BUF from:1879 till:1886 color:gray2 text:"Buffalo Bisons" $Right

bar:CLEB from:1879 till:1885 color:navy text:"Cleveland Blues" $Right

bar:SYR from:1879 till:1880 color:yellow text:"Syracuse Stars" $Right

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# --- 1880 bar:WRC from:1880 till:1883 color:brown text:"Worchester Worchesters" $Right

# --- 1881 bar:DETW from:1881 till:1889 color:vegasgold text:"Detroit Wolverines" $Right

# --- 1883 bar:SF from:1883 till:end link:/wiki/San_Francisco_Giants bar:SF from:1883 till:1885 color:black text:"New York Gothams" $Left bar:SF from:1885 till:1958 color:orange text:"New York Giants" bar:SF from:1958 till:end color:black text:"San Francisco Giants" textcolor:orange

bar:PHI from:1883 till:end link:/wiki/Philadelphia_Phillies bar:PHI from:1883 till:end color:red2 text:"Philadelphia Phillies" textcolor:white

# --- 1884 bar:SLM from:1884 till:1885 color:nl1 text:"(UA)" $Left bar:SLM from:1885 till:1887 color:darkred text:"Saint Louis Maroons" $Right

# --- 1886 bar:KCC from:1886 till:1887 color:oceanblue text:"Kansas City Cowboys" $Right

bar:WSHN from:1886 till:1890 color:darkblue text:"Washington Nationals" $Right

# --- 1887 bar:INDH from:1887 till:1890 color:navy text:"Indianapolis Hoosiers" $Right

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# --- 1889 bar:CLES from:1889 till:1900 link:/wiki/Cleveland_Spiders bar:CLES from:1887 till:1889 color:nl1 text:"(AA)" $Left bar:CLES from:1889 till:1900 color:black text:"Cleveland~Spiders" textcolor:white $Up

# --- 1890 bar:CIN from:1890 till:end link:/wiki/Cincinnati_Reds bar:CIN from:1882 till:1890 color:nl1 text:"(AA)" bar:CIN from:1890 till:1953 color:red text:"Cincinnati Reds" textcolor:white bar:CIN from:1953 till:1958 color:red2 text:"Cincinnati~Redlegs" textcolor:white $Up bar:CIN from:1958 till:end color:red text:"Cincinnati Reds" textcolor:white

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# --- Charter Members of the American League bar:NYY from:1901 till:end link:/wiki/New_York_Yankees bar:NYY from:1901 till:1903 color:orange text:"Baltimore Orioles" $Left bar:NYY from:1903 till:1912 color:gray text:"New York~Highlanders" textcolor:white $Up bar:NYY from:1912 till:end color:navy text:"New York Yankees" textcolor:white

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bar:BAL from:1901 till:end link:/wiki/Baltimore_Orioles bar:BAL from:1901 till:1902 color:vegasgold text:"Milwaukee Brewers" $Left bar:BAL from:1902 till:1954 color:brown text:"Saint Louis Browns" textcolor:white bar:BAL from:1954 till:end color:orange text:"Baltimore Orioles"

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bar:MIN from:1901 till:end link:/wiki/Minnesota_Twins bar:MIN from:1901 till:1961 color:darkblue text:"Washington Senators" textcolor:white bar:MIN from:1961 till:end color:skyblue text:"Minnesota Twins" textcolor:red

# --- 1961 Expansion bar:TEX from:1961 till:end link:/wiki/Texas_Rangers bar:TEX from:1961 till:1972 color:darkblue text:"Washington Senators" $Left bar:TEX from:1972 till:end color:oceanblue text:"Texas Rangers" textcolor:darkred

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# --- 1962 Expansion bar:NYM from:1962 till:end link:/wiki/New_York_Mets bar:NYM from:1962 till:end color:darkblue text:"New York Mets" textcolor:redorange

bar:HOU from:1962 till:end link:/wiki/Houston_Astros bar:HOU from:1962 till:1964 color:redorange text:"Houston Colt .45s" $Left bar:HOU from:1964 till:end color:darkred text:"Houston Astros"

# --- 1969 Expansion bar:KC from:1969 till:end link:/wiki/Kansas_City_Royals bar:KC from:1969 till:end color:skyblue text:"Kansas City Royals" textcolor:darkblue

bar:MIL from:1969 till:end link:/wiki/Milwaukee_Brewers bar:MIL from:1969 till:1970 color:darkblue text:"Seattle~Pilots" $UpLeft bar:MIL from:1970 till:1998 color:gold text:"Milwaukee~Brewers (AL)" textcolor:darkblue $Up bar:MIL from:1998 till:end color:vegasgold text:"Milwaukee~Brewers (NL)" textcolor:navy $Up

bar:SD from:1969 till:end link:/wiki/San_Diego_Padres bar:SD from:1969 till:end color:sand text:"San Diego Padres" textcolor:navy

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# --- 1977 Expansion bar:SEA from:1977 till:end link:/wiki/Seattle_Mariners bar:SEA from:1977 till:end color:teal2 text:"Seattle Mariners"

bar:TOR from:1977 till:end link:/wiki/Toronto_Blue_Jays bar:TOR from:1977 till:end color:darkblue text:"Toronto Blue Jays" textcolor:nl1

# --- 1993 Expansion bar:COL from:1993 till:end link:/wiki/Colorado_Rockies bar:COL from:1993 till:end color:purple text:"Colorado~Rockies" textcolor:white $Up

bar:FLA from:1993 till:end link:/wiki/Florida_Marlins bar:FLA from:1993 till:end color:teal text:"Florida Marlins" textcolor:black

# --- 1998 Expansion bar:ARI from:1998 till:end link:/wiki/Arizona_Diamondbacks bar:ARI from:1998 till:end color:darkred text:"Arizona~Diamondbacks" $UpLeft

bar:TB from:1998 till:end link:/wiki/Tampa_Bay_Rays bar:TB from:1998 till:2007 color:teal2 text:"Tampa Bay~Devil Rays" $UpLeft bar:TB from:2007 till:end color:navy text:"Tampa~Bay Rays" $UpRight


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