The 1876 Athletics

After 1875, the National Association was in big trouble. The teams refused to take long road trips, players were fixing games, and Boston club was kicking everybody’s ass. So in 1876 a new league was formed. It was called the National League, and it is the same National League that the Phillies play in today. The first game in National League history took place in front of 3,000 people at the Jefferson Street Grounds in Philadelphia. The Athletics, who had come to the NL from the NA, took on the Boston Red Stockings (the forerunner not to the Red Sox, but to the modern day Atlanta Braves.) The Red Stockings edged the Athletics, 6-5, helped in part by 11 Philadelphia errors. Late in the season, out of the pennant race, the Athletics decided to not take a western road trip. The decision would cost them, as they were kicked out of the league. This would mark the end of pro baseball in Philly in the 1870s, but baseball would return with a vengeance in the early 1880s.

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  1. Professional baseball WAS actually played in Philadelphia from 1877 to 1883, it just wasn’t “major league” baseball. The original Athletics carried on as an independent for one more season, and then were followed by a series of reorganized Athletics teams, usually consisting of the players from the previous season who didn’t get snatched up by major league squads.

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