Philadelphia in the 1881 Eastern Championship Association

By Robert D. Warrington

This article was published in the Spring 2019 Baseball Research Journal.

The Eastern Championship Association (ECA) was formed in 1881 by baseball clubs from New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. Two teams from Philadelphia were among its members, including the first one with the nickname Phillies. The Eastern Championship Association (ECA) was formed in 1881 by baseball clubs from New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. Two teams from Philadelphia were among its members, including the first one with the nickname Phillies. The Association had an unsettled existence — reflecting the institutional instability that afflicted organized baseball in the final . . .

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