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National Association

BALTIMORE LORD BALTIMORES
1872 - 1874 Newington Park
BALTIMORE CANARIES
1873 Newington Park
BOSTON RED STOCKINGS
1871 - 1875 South End Grounds
BROOKLYN ATLANTICS
1872 Capitoline Grounds
1873 - 1875 Union Grounds
BROOKLYN ECKFORDS
1872 Union Grounds
CHICAGO WHITE STOCKINGS
1874 - 1875 23rd Street Grounds
1871 Lake Front Park
ELIZABETH RESOLUTES
1873 Waverly Fairgrounds (Waverly, NJ)
FOREST CITYS OF CLEVELAND
1871 - 1872 National Association Grounds
FOREST CITYS OF ROCKFORD
1871 Fairgrounds Park
FORT WAYNE KEKIONGAS
1871 Kekionga Base Ball Grounds
HARTFORD DARK BLUES
1874 - 1875 Hartford Ball Club Grounds
KEOKUK WESTERNS
1875 Perry Park
MIDDLETOWN MANSFIELDS
1872 Mansfields Park
NEW HAVEN ELM CITYS
1875 Howard Avenue Grounds
NEW YORK MUTUALS
1871 - 1875 Union Grounds
PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS
1871 - 1875 Jefferson Park
PHILADELPHIA CENTENNIALS
1875 Jefferson Park
PHILADELPHIA WHITES
1873 - 1875 Jefferson Park
ST. LOUIS BROWN STOCKINGS
1875 Grand Avenue Park
ST. LOUIS RED STOCKINGS
1875 Red Stocking Base-Ball Park
TROY HAYMAKERS
1871 - 1872 Haymaker's Grounds
WASHINGTON OLYMPICS
1871 - 1872 Olympic Grounds
WASHINGTON NATIONALS
1872 Olympic Grounds
WASHINGTON NATIONALS
1875 Olympic Grounds
WASHINGTON BLUE LEGS
1873 Olympic Grounds

The National Association (NA) was a very loose league to play in. Anyone could join provided they pay the $10 ($200 today) entry fee and play each other team at least five times. The teams made their own schedules. Bill James says the National Association was like the USA under the Articles of Confederation versus the National League is to the USA under the Constitution. Their was no central authority, no consistency in umpiring, field conditions, or ticket prices. Teams would often schedule games then not show up to play them and haggle over how the gate was to be split. Players would jump from one team to another. This paved the way for some of the stronger teams to form the National League.

2003-16 Paul Healey.