Originally Posted by HeatherC1212
Since when??! I've thought for most of my life that the Reds were the first professional baseball team but your comment puzzles me because that's the first I've heard of it.
Count me as another who's glad that they don't just retire numbers all the time but make the players earn it.
The Reds were the 1st professional team, the Reds lost a game and the fans lost interest thus the disbanded and the majority of the team went to Boston and formed the "Red Stockings" which became the Beaneaters, which became the Doves, Rustlers and finally the Braves.
They were in the National Association, a league that preceded the National League, the Reds had a charter team in the NL, they had money issues in year one and a few years later they were tossed for wanting to sell beer.
They and some other midwest teams formed the American Association (Beer and Whiskey league) they played throughout the 80's.
In 1890 the players in both leagues formed a "Players League" and that essentially ruined the AA as big league because they lost their flagship teams to the NL as it tried to face off the Players League.
The AA teams that are in the NL are:
When the NL started the Cubs were in the 1st season (1876), only they and the Braves have played continuously in the NL since then.