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I've been trying to compile a history of NL franchises (including the 19th century clubs)... this is what I've come up with -- was hoping anyone could provide insight into any errors they spot.

Thanks

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NATIONAL LEAGUE of PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL CLUBS 1876 - PRES

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ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 1998-PRES

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ATLANTA BRAVES 1871-PRES

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Boston Red Stockings (NA) 1871-1875

Boston Red Stockings 1876-1882

Boston Beaneaters 1883-1906

Boston Doves 1907-1910

Boston Rustlers 1911-1911

Boston Braves 1912-1935

Boston Bees 1936-1940

Boston Braves 1941-1952

Milwaukee Braves 1953-1965

Atlanta Braves 1966-Pres

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BALTIMORE ORIOLES 1882-1899

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Baltimore Orioles (AA) 1882-1891

Baltimore Orioles 1892-1899

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BROOKLYN HARTFORDS 1874-1877

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Hartford Dark Blues (NA) 1874-1875

Hartford Dark Blues 1876-1876

Brooklyn Hartfords 1877-1877

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BUFFALO BISONS 1879-1885

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CHICAGO CUBS 1871-PRES

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Chicago White Stockings (NA) 1871-1875

Chicago White Stockings 1876-1889

Chicago Colts 1890-1897

Chicago Orphans 1898-1901

Chicago Cubs 1902-Pres

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CINCINNATI RED STOCKINGS 1876-1880

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CINCINNATI REDS 1882-PRES

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Cincinnati Red Stockings (AA) 1882-1889

Cincinnati Reds 1890-1953

Cincinnati Redlegs 1953-1958

Cincinnati Reds 1959-Pres

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CLEVELAND BLUES 1879-1884

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CLEVELAND SPIDERS 1887-1899

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Cleveland Spiders (AA) 1887-1888

Cleveland Spiders 1889-1899

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COLORADO ROCKIES 1993-PRES

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DETROIT WOLVERINES 1881-1888

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FLORIDA MARLINS 1993-PRES

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HOUSTON ASTROS 1962-PRES

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Houston Colt .45s 1962-1964

Houston Astros 1965-Pres

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INDIANAPOLIS BLUES 1878-1878

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INDIANAPOLIS HOOSIERS 1887-1889

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KANSAS CITY COWBOYS 1886-1886

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LOS ANGELES DODGERS 1884-PRES

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Brooklyn Atlantics (AA) 1884-1884

Brooklyn Grays (AA) 1885-1887

Brooklyn Bridegrooms (AA) 1888-1889

Brooklyn Bridegrooms 1890-1890

Brooklyn Grooms 1891-1895

Brooklyn Bridegrooms 1896-1898

Brooklyn Superbas 1899-1910

Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers 1911-1912

Brooklyn Dodgers 1913-1913

Brooklyn Robins 1914-1931

Brooklyn Dodgers 1932-1957

Los Angeles Dodgers 1958-Pres

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LOUISVILLE COLONELS 1882-1899

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Louisville Eclipse (AA) 1882-1884

Louisville Colonels (AA) 1885-1891

Louisville Colonels 1892-1899

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LOUISVILLE GRAYS 1876-1877

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MILWAUKEE BREWERS 1969-PRES

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Seattle Pilots (AL) 1969-1969

Milwaukee Brewers (AL) 1970-1997

Milwaukee Brewers 1998-Pres

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MILWAUKEE GRAYS 1878-1878

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NEW YORK METS 1962-PRES

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NEW YORK MUTUALS 1871-1876

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New York Mutuals (NA) 1871-1875

New York Mutuals 1876-1876

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PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS 1871-1876

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Philadelphia Athletics (NA) 1871-1875

Philadelphia Athletics 1876-1876

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PHILADELPHIA PHILLES 1883-PRES

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PITTSBURGH PIRATES 1882-PRES

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Pittsburgh Alleghenies (AA) 1882-1886

Pittsburgh Alleghenies 1887-1889

Pittsburgh Innocents 1890-1890

Pittsburgh Pirates 1891-Pres

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PROVIDENCE GRAYS 1878-1885

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ST. LOUIS BROWN STOCKINGS 1875-1877

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St. Louis Brown Stockings (NA) 1875-1875

St. Louis Brown Stockings 1876-1877

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ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1882-PRES

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St. Louis Browns (AA) 1882-1891

St. Louis Browns 1892-1898

St. Louis Perfectos 1899-1899

St. Louis Cardinals 1900-Pres

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ST. LOUIS MAROONS 1884-1886

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St. Louis Maroons (UA) 1884-1884

St. Louis Maroons 1885-1886

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SAN DIEGO PADRES 1969-PRES

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 1883-PRES

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New York Giants 1883-1957

San Francisco Giants 1958-Pres

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SYRACUSE STARS 1879-1879

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TROY TROJANS 1879-1882

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WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1886-1889

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WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1969-PRES

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Montreal Expos 1969-2004

Washington Nationals 2005-Pres

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WASHINGTON SENATORS 1891-1899

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Washington Statesmen (AA) 1891-1891

Washington Senators 1892-1899

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WORCESTER WORCESTERS 1880-1882

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It might just be the editor in me but it seems like it would be cleaner if you put single years as single years. For example, instead of 1874-1874 just 1874. Baseball is nice in that the season isn't spread over two calendar years.

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Three questions/comments --

1. Not that I want to start the debate, but what about the Philadelphia Blue Jays?

2. Were the Dodgers really known as the Brooklyn Robins for that long a period? I thought it was a much shorter timeframe (not that I have research to back that up, mind you).

3. Were the Troy Trojans a different team than the Troy Haymakers? And if so, were the Haymakers an NL or AA team? Again, no research -- just asking/issue-spotting.

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It might just be the editor in me but it seems like it would be cleaner if you put single years as single years. For example, instead of 1874-1874 just 1874. Baseball is nice in that the season isn't spread over two calendar years.

T'would be your opinion... fortunately for you this file wasn't created for OMMF :)

Three questions/comments --

1. Not that I want to start the debate, but what about the Philadelphia Blue Jays?

2. Were the Dodgers really known as the Brooklyn Robins for that long a period? I thought it was a much shorter timeframe (not that I have research to back that up, mind you).

3. Were the Troy Trojans a different team than the Troy Haymakers? And if so, were the Haymakers an NL or AA team? Again, no research -- just asking/issue-spotting.

1. Unofficially -- After consulting newspaper articles from the time the Blue Jays name was announced it became very clear that they never officially changed their name from Phillies

2. According to the Baseball Encyclopedia (but then again they also said the Philadelphia Blue Jays was official)

3. No idea, they may have been... it'll give me something to look up

About the Giants, this is the accurate naming through time:

New York Gothams (1883?85)

New York Giants (1885?1957)

San Francisco Giants (1958?present)

Thank you sir

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I have been doing some research on that... did have a Excel database with team name, year, record and etc... I have to wonder, since MLB dont even include ties as well.. so is it required to have ties included in the stats or just a informal thing? I'm curious as to that... plus the American League as well that I have done research too... one thing doe bug me, the Boston Red Sox history.. I know they started out as the Boston Americans but I could have swore I saw Pilgrams and Invaders and etc in the the history book but also in Wikipedia as well... so that the main beef I have with the Red Sox history that all.... the rest all good...

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Plus this...

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ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1882-PRES

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St. Louis Browns (AA) 1882-1891

St. Louis Browns 1892-1898

St. Louis Perfectos 1899-1899

St. Louis Cardinals 1900-Pres

I know that the St. Louis Cardinals started out as the St. Louis Brown Stockings in 1882 but was mentoined as St. Louis Browns later on in 1893 or so.. also it was mentoined that the Brown Stockings and Browns names have been swtiched around in the first few years of the team history... so hmm..

Also this...

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PHILADELPHIA PHILLES 1883-PRES

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That is incorrect.. the Philadelphia Phillies started out as the Philadelphia Quakers in 1883 and changed to Phillies in 1890 so it would be like this

Philadelphia Quakers 1883-1889

Philadelphia Phillies 1890-present

Also, this...

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PITTSBURGH PIRATES 1882-PRES

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Pittsburgh Alleghenies (AA) 1882-1886

Pittsburgh Alleghenies 1887-1889

Pittsburgh Innocents 1890-1890

Pittsburgh Pirates 1891-Pres

Change the name Alleghenies to Allegheneys and ya have that....

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There was word that the Troy Haymakers (later Troy Trojans) were the same NY Gothams (later Giants).

I don't think so. Troy was disbanded and some players from that team followed to play in NY.

GO GIANTS!!! It always is the nicest sports nickname ever.

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There was word that the Troy Haymakers (later Troy Trojans) were the same NY Gothams (later Giants).

I don't think so. Troy was disbanded and some players from that team followed to play in NY.

GO GIANTS!!! It always is the nicest sports nickname ever.

That picture of Papelbon in your sig looks like he's leve-banging the Invisible Woman.

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Ah, one question for NJTank or a Mets fan...

When the Mets were conceived in the early '60s, there are some nicknames in dance aside of the Metropolitans... which were they?

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CHICAGO CUBS 1871-PRES

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Chicago White Stockings (NA) 1871-1875

Chicago White Stockings 1876-1889

Chicago Colts 1890-1897

Chicago Orphans 1898-1901

Chicago Cubs 1902-Pres

The White Stockings did not play in 1872 & 1873 due to the Great Chicago Fire.

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Yes, Flasah, but it didn't mean that the White Stockings ceased to exist.

This thread is supposedly for correct or confirm the naming and periods of the NL teams. :)

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Chris:

I actually spent quite a bit of time doing this very same project myself a while back (not just for the NL or even baseball, but for all four major North American sports).

This is a copy of the baseball section of my history list:

  1. [1] Boston Red Stockings (NA 1871~1875); Boston Red Caps (NL 1876~1882); Boston Beaneaters (NL 1883~1906); Boston Doves (NL 1907~1910); Boston Rustlers (NL 1911); Boston Braves (NL 1912~1935); Boston Bees (NL 1936~1940); Boston Braves (NL 1941~1952); Milwaukee Braves (NL 1953~1965); Atlanta Braves (NL 1966~ )
  2. [2] Chicago White Stockings (NA 1871~1875, NL 1876~1889); Chicago Colts (NL 1890~1897); Chicago Orphans (NL 1898~1901); Chicago Cubs (NL 1902~ )
  3. Cleveland Forest Citys (NA 1871~1872)
  4. Fort Wayne Kekiongas (NA 1871)
  5. New York Mutuals (NA 1871~1875, NL 1876)
  6. Philadelphia Athletics (NA 1871~1875, NL 1876)
  7. Rockford Forest Citys (NA 1871)
  8. Troy Haymakers (NA 1871~1872)
  9. Washington Olympics (NA 1871~1872)
  10. Baltimore Lord Baltimores (NA 1872~1874)
  11. Brooklyn Atlantics (NA 1872~1875)
  12. Brooklyn Eckfords (NA 1872)
  13. Middletown Mansfields (NA 1872)
  14. Washington Nationals (NA 1872~1873, 1875)
  15. Baltimore Marylands (NA 1873)
  16. Elizabeth Resolutes (NA 1873)
  17. Philadelphia Whites (NA 1873~1875)
  18. Hartford Dark Blues (NA 1874~1875, NL 1876~1877)
  19. Keokuk Westerns (NA 1875)
  20. New Haven Elm Citys (NA 1875)
  21. Philadelphia Centennials (NA 1875)
  22. St. Louis Brown Stockings (NA 1875, NL 1876~1877)
  23. St. Louis Red Stockings (NA 1875)
  24. Cincinnati Red Stockings (NL 1876~1877); Cincinnati Reds (NL 1878~1880)
  25. Louisville Grays (NL 1876~1877)
  26. Indianapolis Hoosiers (NL 1878)
  27. Milwaukee Cream Citys (NL 1878)
  28. Providence Grays (NL 1878~1885)
  29. Buffalo Bisons (NL 1879~1885)
  30. Cleveland Blues (NL 1879~1884)
  31. Syracuse Stars (NL 1879)
  32. Troy Trojans (NL 1879~1882)
  33. Worcester Ruby Legs (NL 1880~1882)
  34. Detroit Wolverines (NL 1881~1888)
  35. Baltimore Orioles (AA 1882~1891, NL 1892~1899)
  36. [3] Cincinnati Red Stockings (AA 1882~1889); Cincinnati Reds (NL 1890~1952); Cincinnati Redlegs (NL 1953~1958); Cincinnati Reds (NL 1958~ )
  37. Louisville Eclipse (AA 1882~1884); Louisville Colonels (AA 1885~1891, NL 1892~1899)
  38. Philadelphia Athletics (AA 1882~1890)
  39. [4] Pittsburgh Alleghenys (AA 1882~1886, NL 1887~1890); Pittsburgh Pirates (NL 1891~ )
  40. [5] St. Louis Brown Stockings (AA 1882); St. Louis Browns (AA 1883~1891, NL 1892~1898); St. Louis Perfectos (NL 1899); St. Louis Cardinals (NL 1900~ )
  41. Columbus Buckeyes (AA 1883~1884)
  42. [6] New York Gothams (NL 1883~1884); New York Giants (NL 1885~1957); San Francisco Giants (NL 1958~ )
  43. New York Metropolitans (AA 1883~1887)
  44. [7] Philadelphia Quakers (NL 1883~1889); Philadelphia Phillies (NL 1890~1943); Philadelphia Blue Jays (NL 1944~1945); Philadelphia Phillies (NL 1946~ )
  45. Altoona Mountain Citys (UA 1884)
  46. Baltimore Monumentals (UA 1884)
  47. Boston Reds (UA 1884)
  48. [8] Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (AA 1884~1888); Brooklyn Bridegrooms (AA 1889, NL 1890~1898); Brooklyn Superbas (NL 1899~1910); Brooklyn Dodgers (NL 1911~1913); Brooklyn Robins (NL 1914~1931); Brooklyn Dodgers (NL 1932~1957); Los Angeles Dodgers (NL 1958~ )
  49. Chicago Browns (UA 1884); Pittsburgh Stogies (UA 1884)
  50. Cincinnati Outlaw Reds (UA 1884)
  51. Indianapolis Hoosiers (AA 1884)
  52. Kansas City Unions (UA 1884)
  53. Milwaukee Cream Citys (UA 1884)
  54. Philadelphia Keystones (UA 1884)
  55. Richmond Virginians (AA 1884)
  56. St. Louis Maroons (UA 1884, NL 1885~1886)
  57. St. Paul Saints (UA 1884)
  58. Toledo Blue Stockings (AA 1884)
  59. Washington Nationals (AA 1884)
  60. Washington Nationals (UA 1884)
  61. Wilmington Quicksteps (UA 1884)
  62. Kansas City Cowboys (NL 1886)
  63. Washington Statesmen (NL 1886~1889)
  64. Cleveland Blues (AA 1887~1888); Cleveland Spiders (NL 1889~1899)
  65. Indianapolis Hoosiers (NL 1887~1889)
  66. Kansas City Cowboys (AA 1888~1889)
  67. Columbus Buckeyes (AA 1889~1891)
  68. Boston Reds (PL 1890, AA 1891)
  69. Brooklyn Gladiators (AA 1890)
  70. Brooklyn Wonders (PL 1890)
  71. Buffalo Bisons (PL 1890)
  72. Chicago Pirates (PL 1890)
  73. Cleveland Infants (PL 1890)
  74. New York Giants (PL 1890)
  75. Philadelphia Quakers (PL 1890); Philadelphia Athletics (AA 1891)
  76. Pittsburgh Burghers (PL 1890)
  77. Rochester Broncos (AA 1890)
  78. Syracuse Stars (AA 1890)
  79. Toledo Maumees (AA 1890)
  80. Cincinnati Kellys (AA 1891)
  81. Milwaukee Brewers (AA 1891)
  82. Washington Senators (NL 1892~1899)
  83. [9] Baltimore Orioles (AL 1901~1902); New York Highlanders (AL 1903~1912); New York Yankees (AL 1913~ )
  84. [10] Boston Somersets (AL 1901~1902); Boston Pilgrims (AL 1903~1906); Boston Red Sox (AL 1907~ )
  85. [11] Chicago White Stockings (AL 1901~1903); Chicago White Sox (AL 1904~ )
  86. [12] Cleveland Blues (AL 1901~1904); Cleveland Naps (AL 1905~1914); Cleveland Indians (AL 1915~ )
  87. [13] Detroit Tigers (AL 1901~ )
  88. [14] Milwaukee Brewers (AL 1901); St. Louis Browns (AL 1902~1953); Baltimore Orioles (AL 1954~ )
  89. [15] Philadelphia Athletics (AL 1901~1954); Kansas City Athletics (AL 1955~1967); Oakland Athletics (AL 1968~ )
  90. [16] Washington Nationals (AL 1901~1956); Washington Senators (AL 1957~1960); Minnesota Twins (AL 1961~ )
  91. Baltimore Terrapins (FL 1914~1915)
  92. Brooklyn Tip-Tops (FL 1914~1915)
  93. Buffalo Buffeds (FL 1914); Buffalo Blues (FL 1915)
  94. Chicago Chi-Feds (FL 1914); Chicago Whales (FL 1915)
  95. Indianapolis Hoosiers (FL 1914); Newark Peppers (FL 1915)
  96. Kansas City Packers (FL 1914~1915)
  97. Pittsburgh Rebels (FL 1914~1915)
  98. St. Louis Terriers (FL 1914~1915)
  99. [17] Los Angeles Angels (AL 1961~1964); California Angels (AL 1965~1996); Anaheim Angels (AL 1997~2004); Los Angeles Angels (AL 2005~ )
  100. [18] Washington Senators (AL 1961~1971); Texas Rangers (AL 1972~ )
  101. [19] Houston Colt .45s (NL 1962~1964); Houston Astros (NL 1965~ )
  102. [20] New York Mets (NL 1962~ )
  103. [21] Kansas City Royals (AL 1969~ )
  104. [22] Montréal Expos (NL 1969~2004); Washington Nationals (NL 2005~ )
  105. [23] San Diego Padres (NL 1969~ )
  106. [24] Seattle Pilots (AL 1969); Milwaukee Brewers (AL 1970~1997, NL 1998~ )
  107. [25] Seattle Mariners (AL 1977~ )
  108. [26] Toronto Blue Jays (AL 1977~ )
  109. [27] Colorado Rockies (NL 1993~ )
  110. [28] Florida Marlins (NL 1993~ )
  111. [29] Arizona Diamondbacks (NL 1998~ )
  112. [30] Tampa Bay Devil Rays (AL 1998~ )

I e-mailed you the whole thing that I completed in case you want it.

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