March 12 in baseball history: New York joins the AL
Submitted by BTGrimes on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 9:00am
‘I didn't know that'
NEW YORK, NEW YORK | MARCH 12, 1903 - The New York Yankees are synonymous with Major League Baseball, especially the American League. Did you know they were not one of the original American League teams (actually they were, but why let the facts stand in the way of a good story?). Let me explain:
This much is true; there was no American League team in New York City when the AL was established in 1901. New York officially got a team on this date in 1903 when the owners approved a franchise move. The franchise that would become the New York Yankees (The team was known as the New York Highlanders until 1913) existed in Baltimore as the Orioles, not the Orioles currently taking up residence by Chesapeake Bay, those Orioles trace their origins back to Milwaukee as the Brewers, no not the current Brewers, the Brewers of old that became the St. Louis Browns, which then moved to Baltimore and became the current Orioles. Clear as pine tar?
This is a list of the charter American League franchises and what became of them:
• Cleveland Blues - Name changed to Bronchos in 1902, Naps in 1903 and finally Indians, which they remain, in 1914.
It appears the Detroit Tigers is the only charter AL franchise to neither move nor change its name in the slightest.
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