The American Association is founded with the motto "Liberty to All." The members are the Brooklyn Atlantics, Cincinnati Red Stockings, Louisville Colonels(Eclipse (1882-1884) and later as the Louisville Colonels (1885-1891)), Philadelphia Athletics, Pittsburgh Alleghenys and St. Louis Brown Stockings. This AA will be considered a major league.
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- American Association, Brooklyn Atlantics, Cincinnati Red Stockings, Louisville Colonels, Philadelphia Athletics, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, St. Louis Brown Stockings