Baseball In The USA
Baseball is considered one of the most
popular sports in the United States along
with football and soccer and many
Americans usually stay home, hold parties,
as well as celebrate a baseball game as if
it were a special and holy event and
missing one would be a sacrilege to all
that is revered. With that said, do you
know that there are 30 teams comprising
the Major League Baseball?
The Major League Baseball was first established in 1869 and is divided into two – The National
League, which has 15 teams, and the American League, which also has the same number of teams
as of 2013. As the teams are aplenty, they are further divided into three divisions – East, West and
Central. The teams that win in their division will have the chance to compete in the World Series as
well as be included in the All-Star Games. Currently, the one holding the most series won is the New
York Yankees, which has 27 series. Next to, it is the National League team, St. Louis Cardinals that
has 11 series under its wings.
American League of Professional Baseball Clubs (AL)
The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs also called as “Junior Circuit” was upped to
major league status in 1901. Since 1903, the League has won 62 titles from the World Series. The
American League includes several major baseball players who have greatly influenced baseball’s
popularity including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The American League comprises of eight original
chartered franchises including the – Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Detroit
Tigers, St. Louise Browns, Kansas City Athletics and the Minnesota Twins.
One of the most popular and, in fact, influential teams that shaped baseball is the New York
Yankees, which gave the American League 27 World Title series as well as 18 division titles and 40
American League pennants. The New York Yankees also has the most numbered Hall of Famers with
a total of 11 baseball managers and 44 baseball players inducted.
The New York Yankees is also considered as the top team in terms of payroll resulting to several top
players to join the team. Famous baseball players would include Babe Ruth, who was traded by the
Boston Red Sox to the Yankees, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford,
Red Ruffing, Bill Dickey, Johnny Murphy and Tony Lazzeri.
Next in terms of popularity is the
Boston Red Sox, which is also known
for their rivalry against the New York
Yankees. The Red Sox, founded in
1901, is also one of the eight original
American League franchises that
formed the League. The team won 7
World Series and 12 pennants until they faced off with the New York Yankees which also contributed
to the so-called “Curse of the Bambino” resulting in the 86 years drought where the team failed to
make it to the World Cup Series. The Boston Red Sox also has several Baseball Hall of Famers
including Wade Boggs, Jimmy Collins, Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, Harry Hooper, Jim Rice, Ted Williams
and Carl Yastrzemski.
National League of Professional Baseball Clubs (NL)
The older league, which formed the Major League Baseball, the NL, also has its own fifteen teams
that faced off with the American League teams in the World Series. The league was formed in 1876
and since then has had its share of wins in the Major League. The NL won 46 World Series with the
St. Louis Cardinals winning 11 World Series titles followed by the San Francisco Giants with seven
World Series. The league was established in 1876 with eight members including – Chicago Cubs,
Philadelphia Athletics, Atlanta Braves, Hartford Dark Blues, Mutual of New York, St. Louise Brown
Stockings, Cincinnati Red stockings and the Louisville Grays. Of the eight original members, only two
remain – Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves as some of the members were expelled or had already
folded during the season.
One of the most famous teams in the National League is St Louis Cardinals who won 11 World Series
and places second to the New York Yankees. The Cardinals also won 18 National League pennants
and is considered as third overall when it comes to appearances. The Cardinals was founded in 1882
and was then known as the St. Louis Brown Stockings. Many famous Cardinal baseball players were
inducted in the Hall of Fame including Stan Musial, Branch Rickey, and Lou Brock, Dizzy Dean, Rogers
Hornsby and others, with 39 players overall.
Formerly known as the New York Giants, the San Francisco Giants is also one of the popular National
League baseball teams, having won 7 World Series and 22 National League pennants. The Giants
was known for its rivalry against the Los Angeles Dodgers as well as with the New York Yankees.
The Giants are also known for having the most baseball players and managers inducted in the Hall
of Fame having 55 baseball players and 11 baseball managers. Some of the baseball players include
Roger Connor, Buck Ewing, Tim Keefe, George Kelly, Travis Jackson, Jim O Rourke, Mickey Welch and
The LA Dodgers, one of the biggest rivals of the San Francisco Giants is also widely popular during
the time, not only because of its rivalry against the Giants but also for winning 6 World Series and
21 National League pennants. The Dodgers also surpassed the Giants in terms of having the most
wins in the West Division title clinching 11 titles. Baseball Hall of Famers includes Roy Campanella,
Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Zack Wheat, Dazzt Vance, Burleigh Grimes, Leo Durocher and Duke
Snider. Numbers retired include 1, 2, 4,19,20,24,32,39,42 and 53.
The Chicago Cubs is one of the two remaining original member of the National League and is still in
existence today. The team has won two World Series, 16 National League pennants and 3 Central
Division titles. Some of the Baseball Hall of Famers for the team includes Ernie Banks, Mordecai
Brown, Kiki Cuyler, Clark Griffith, Gabby Hartnett, Joe Tinker, Billy Williams and Ryne Sandberg
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