Major League Baseball Team History

From the first generation of baseball fans that tore open newspapers to gobble up box scores through the generations who gathered around the radio and then the television, to today's fans who get scores on their cell phones or over the Internet – the question has never changed – "How did my team do today?"

The answer to that question immediately defines quality of life for a baseball fan. The days when the answer is "my team won" just seem brighter and better than other days. Love of a baseball team runs deep and is not diminished by time or distance. Why is that?

Perhaps it is because we take a team to heart at a young age, when players and teams seem like Olympian heroes to be worshipped and admired. We lose that child-like wonderment about everything, but not about our baseball teams.

Or perhaps because the game is played every day for six months, and fortunes of the team become as much a part of our life as those of friends and family. Baseball, like life, is full of difficult day-to-day challenges, with regular disappointments to which we can all relate and occasional bursts of success we can celebrate. What else explains rational people jumping for joy or crying in despair at the fortunes of a group of 25 men they don't know and who don't know them?

Baseball teams are wrapped in the mythic personality of their accomplishments and histories. No matter their recent accomplishments, the Red Sox are the slow-footed gaggle of hulky right handed hitters looking to dent the Green Monster, while the Cardinals are a model of pitching and defense. The Giants are a haven for sluggers and the Mets continually produce quality hurlers. The Cubs are the lovable losers with the grand ballpark and the Dodgers are always playing home-grown talent. And the Yankees – well, they are always the Yankees.

Baseball Almanac pays tribute to the thirty teams of today and their predecessors – all of whom are the torch bearers of the game's history. Their accomplishments can be found here, their championship seasons, and the great performances which define the personality and measure the success of a team.

Each team also has its share of famous firsts, fabulous feats, record setters, and histories that need to be told. Baseball Almanac is dedicated to the preservation of each team's unique history and we hope you enjoy our look at the Major League franchises.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"The kid who was lucky enough to come up with a real league ball or a store-bought bat automatically became team captain." - Ford Frick in Games, Asterisks, and People: Memoirs of a Lucky Fan (Ford C. Frick, Crown Publishers, 1973, Page 64)

Major League Baseball Team History


Roster | Schedule | Stats Baltimore Orioles Official Logo

Baltimore Orioles History
1954 - 2020
St. Louis Browns
1902 - 1953
Milwaukee Brewers
1901 - 1902

Roster | Schedule | Stats Boston Red Sox Official Logo

Boston Red Sox History
1908 - 2020
Boston Americans
1901 - 1907

Roster | Schedule | Stats Atlanta Braves Official Logo

Atlanta Braves History
1966 - 2020
Milwaukee Braves
1953 - 1965
Boston Braves
1941 - 1952
Boston Bees
1936 - 1940
Boston Braves
1912 - 1935
Boston Rustlers
1911 - 1911
Boston Doves
1907 - 1910
Boston Beaneaters
1883 - 1906
Boston Red Caps
1876 - 1882

Roster | Schedule | Stats Chicago White Sox Official Logo

Chicago White Sox History
1904 - 2020
Chicago White Stockings
1901 - 1903

Roster | Schedule | Stats Chicago Cubs Official Logo

Chicago Cubs History
1902 - 2020
Chicago Orphans
1898 - 1901
Chicago Colts
1890 - 1897
Chicago White Stockings
1876 - 1889

Roster | Schedule | Stats Cleveland Indians Official Logo

Cleveland Indians History
1915 - 2020
Cleveland Naps
1905 - 1914
Cleveland Blues
1901 - 1904

Roster | Schedule | Stats Cincinnati Reds Official Logo

Cincinnati Reds History
1959 - 2020
Cincinnati Redlegs
1953 - 1958
Cincinnati Reds
1890 - 1952
Cincinnati Red Stockings (AA)
1882 - 1889

Roster | Schedule | Stats Houston Astros Official Logo

Houston Astros History
2013 - 2020
Houston Astros (NL)
1965 - 2012
Houston Colt .45s
1962 - 1964

Roster | Schedule | Stats Los Angeles Dodgers Official Logo

Los Angeles Dodgers History
1958 - 2020
Brooklyn Dodgers
1932 - 1957
Brooklyn Robins
1914 - 1931
Brooklyn Dodgers
1911 - 1913
Brooklyn Superbas
1899 - 1910
Brooklyn Bridegrooms
1890 - 1898
Brooklyn Bridegrooms (AA)
1889 - 1889
Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (AA)
1884 - 1888

Roster | Schedule | Stats Miami Marlins Official Logo

Miami Marlins History
2012 - 2020
Florida Marlins
1993 - 2011

Roster | Schedule | Stats Los Angeles Angels Official Logo

Los Angeles Angels History
2005 - 2020
Anaheim Angels
California Angels
1966 - 1996
Los Angeles Angels
1961 - 1965

Roster | Schedule | Stats Milwaukee Brewers Official Logo

Milwaukee Brewers History
1998 - 2020
Milwaukee Brewers (AL)
1970 - 1997
Seattle Pilots (AL)
1969 - 1969

Roster | Schedule | Stats Minnesota Twins Official Logo

Minnesota Twins History
1961 - 2020
Washington Senators
1901 - 1960

Roster | Schedule | Stats New York Yankees Official Logo

New York Yankees History
1913 - 2020
New York Highlanders
1903 - 1912
Baltimore Orioles
1901 - 1902

Roster | Schedule | Stats Oakland Athletics Official Logo

Oakland Athletics History
1968 - 2020
Kansas City Athletics
1955 - 1967
Philadelphia Athletics
1901 - 1954

Roster | Schedule | Stats Pittsburgh Pirates Official Logo

Pittsburgh Pirates History
1891 - 2020
Pittsburgh Alleghenys
1887 - 1890
Pittsburgh Alleghenys (AA)
1882 - 1886

Roster | Schedule | Stats St. Louis Cardinals Official Logo

St. Louis Cardinals History
1900 - 2020
St. Louis Perfectos
1899 - 1899
St. Louis Browns
1892 - 1898
St. Louis Browns (AA)
1883 - 1891
St. Louis Brown Stockings (AA)
1882 - 1882

Roster | Schedule | Stats Tampa Bay Rays Official Logo

Tampa Bay Rays History
2008 - 2020
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1998 - 2007

Roster | Schedule | Stats Texas Rangers Official Logo

Texas Rangers History
1972 - 2020
Washington Senators
1961 - 1971

Roster | Schedule | Stats San Francisco Giants Offical Logo

San Francisco Giants History
1958 - 2020
New York Giants
1885 - 1957
New York Gothams
1883 - 1884

Roster | Schedule | Stats Washington Nationals Official Logo

Washington Nationals History
2005 - 2020
Montreal Expos
1969 - 2004

Official Teams of Yesteryear

DEFUNCT Franchises No Longer In Existence

All American League Teams
Are Still Active
Baltimore Orioles
1892 - 1899
Baltimore Orioles (AA)
1882 - 1891
Buffalo Bisons
1879 - 1885
Cincinnati Red Stockings
1876 - 1877
Cincinnati Reds
1878 - 1880
Cleveland Blues
1879 - 1884
Cleveland Spiders
1889 - 1899
Cleveland Blues (AA)
1887 - 1888
Providence Grays
1878 - 1885
Troy Trojans
1879 - 1882

Team-by-Team Items of Interest

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This single section links out to more than one-hundred fifty thousand pages of baseball history. Every team roster, every team schedule, every score from every game from every team, every uniform number worn, every known salary, nearly every Opening Day roster and so much more.

Ever wonder who the roster included in 1986? How about in 1956? Baseball Almanac has the answer as we maintain roster data on EVERY team in Major League history. We also challenge you to find more accurate uniform numbers on any other site anywhere on the Internet. You won't, except for here at Baseball Almanac (unless they copied it from us!).

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