What was the world's first professional baseball team?
The first all-professional
baseball team was the Cincinnati Red Stockings. The team became an amateur
baseball club in 1863 but it was in 1869 that they became a professional
There have actually been three
different embodiments of the team. First they were the original team that called
themselves the Red Stockings. They moved on to become another team that became a
charter member of the National League in 1872 and a third was created in 1882.
This is the team still in existence today and they are called the Cincinnati
They began playing under this name
in 1890. It was at this time that they left the American Association and joined
with the National League.
The 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings
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