The League Alliance (LA) was a professional baseball league that operated in the late 19th century. It was founded as an alliance of several independent leagues to provide affiliation support to the National League (NL). The LA aimed to provide a platform for talented players and teams from various regional leagues to compete at a higher level. This culminated in two teams from the LA being inducted into the two Major Leagues in 1883.
While the LA had its first season in 1877, there are no records of any other seasons until 1882. In 1882 the LA ran a championship series between New York and Philadelphia, allowing them induction into the NL the following year.
FanSeeStats classifies the League Alliance as an Elite League as it attracted top player talent, was home to some of the richest teams, and these teams would go on to help create or enhance a Major League.
|Year||Champion||# of Teams|
|1882||New York Metropolitans||2|
League Championship Summary
# of seasons: 1
List of teams who won championships sorted by number of championships.
|Team||# of League Championships|
|New York Metropolitans||1 (1882)|
League Dissolution & Legacy
Early in 1883 (140 years ago) the LA folded when the New York Metropolitans and Philadelphia Phillies would go on to join the NL, both teams taking on new names. The Metropolitans was renamed the Gothams and the Phillies was renamed the Quakers.