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Major League Baseball Team NamesConsidered "America's favorite pastime," the game of baseball was introduced in the early 1800s and soon caught fire with the public. As more and more people became interested in the game, baseball was institutionalized by the National Association of Base Ball Players in 1858. The Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first professional team in 1869.
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The National League was instituted in 1876, while the American League was instituted in 1903. The first World Series, in which the champions of each league faced off, was played in 1903.
A Negro League was also instituted in the early 1900s, but in 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson and removed the color barrier in baseball. As more and more African American players were signed on to teams in the National League and American League, the Negro League dissolved.
Today, there are 14 teams in the American League and 16 teams in the National League. Each year, the champions of each of these leagues face off in the World Series, which is held each October. For those who can't make it into their favorite stadium, baseball games are well broadcast on both television and radio, and sports paraphernalia of all sorts is available for all Major League teams.
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