League Alliance


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 “Rival League” as it was created by interests that supported the National League to attract and develop top player talent. Its two teams would go on to enhance a Major League.


Rival League

Seasons Summary

YearChampion# of Teams
1882New York Metropolitans2
League Alliance Seasons Summary

League Championship Summary

# of seasons: 1

List of teams who won championships sorted by number of championships.

Team# of League Championships
New York Metropolitans1 (1882)
League Alliance Championship Summary

League Dissolution & Legacy

Early in 1883 (141 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.

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