The International Association

This article was written by L. Robert Davids

This article was published in the 1977 Baseball Research Journal


Baseball’s first recognized minor league was organized at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 20, 1877. The first game was played at Lynn, Massachusetts on April 26 with William (Candy) Cummings, who was also president of the new league, losing to the Manchester, New Hampshire team 14-3. The final game of the 1877 season was played on October 2 in London, Ontario, where the champion Tecumsehs beat Pittsburgh 5-2. Here are the final standings of those seven teams competing for the championship. Lynn did not complete the season.

 

City/Club

W

L

Tied

Pct.

 

 

 

 

 

London, Ont. Tecumsehs

14

4

2

.778

Pittsburgh Alleghenys

13

6

0

.684

Rochester, New York

10

8

0

.556

Manchester, New Hampshire

9

10

0

.474

Columbus, Ohio Buckeyes

9

11

2

.450

Guelph, Ont. Maple Leafs

4

12

0

.250

Lynn, Mass. Live Oaks

1

9

0

.100

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