American Association of Base Ball Clubs in 1891


The logo of the American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs

The American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs (AA) was established in 1882 (141 years ago) to challenge the older National League (NL).

The American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs (AA) was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio. The new league established teams in cities the NL looked down on including Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville and St. Louis, with the inherent implication of lower morality or social standards in those cities. In contrast to the NL, the AA offered cheaper ticket prices, Sunday games, and alcoholic beverages to its patrons.

1891 was Season 10 of play for the American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs (AA) and took place 132 years ago. This would be the AA‘s last season of play as due to declining attendance and teams bolting to the more established NL.


Rival League

Season Length

April 8, 1891 to October 6, 1891

Season Champion

Boston Reds

# of Teams


Season Standings

Season Playoffs

There were no championship playoffs as the top team with the most wins at end of season was declared league champion for the season.

World Series

Events in Baseball (Thanks to Wikipedia)

Notable Seasons
  • Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Billy Hamilton leads the NL with 179 hits, 111 stolen bases, 141 runs scored, and a .340 batting average. His .874 OPS and 155 OPS+ both rank second in the league.
  • Chicago Colts pitcher Bill Hutchinson has a record of 44-19 and leads the NL with 561 innings pitched and 44 wins. His 261 strikeouts rank second in the league. He has a 2.81 earned run average and a 123 ERA+.
  • January 16 – An agreement is signed between the National League, American Association, and Western Association which creates a three man panel to settle any and all disputes between the three leagues. The agreement occurs two days after the National League allowed the American Association to place a team in Boston, a move the NL’s Boston Beaneaters opposed.
  • January 30 – The Boston Reds purchase the contract of second baseman Cupid Childs from the Syracuse Stars for $2,000.
  • February 1 – The New York Giants sell the contract of Jesse Burkett to the Cleveland Spiders
  • February 6 – The New York Giants‘ salary list is leaked to the press. It shows a total player payroll of $54,600 with Buck Ewing‘s $5,500 salary topping the scale.
  • October 4 – On the final day of the American Association season, Ted Breitenstein of the St. Louis Browns throws a no-hitter against the Louisville Colonels, in an 8–0 Browns win. It is Breitenstein’s first major league start. He faced the minimum number of batters, 27, allowing just one base on balls. It was also the last no-hitter thrown in the American Association, as the league folded following the season.
  • November 26 – A series for the championship of the Pacific Coast begins between the champions of the California League (the San Jose Dukes) and the Pacific Northwest League pennant winners (the Portland Webfeet). San Jose wins the opener, 8–6. The series will last until January 10 with San Jose winning 10 games to 9. All the games are played in San Jose, California.

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