Major League Baseball Moves/name Changes/expansion Teams by Franchise

Abbreviations:
AA – American Association
AL – American League
IA – Independent Association
NA – National Association
NL – National League

History by Franchise:

New York Mutuals
1857 – Founded in NA
1876 – Moved from NA to NL, then disbanded

Philadelphia Athletics
1860 – Founded in NA
1876 – Moved from NA to NL, then disbanded

Boston Red Stockings
1870 – Founded in NA
1871 – Become Boston Braves
1876 – Become Boston Red Caps and move from NA to NL
1883 – Become Boston Beaneaters
1907 – Become Boston Doves
1911 – Become Boston Rustlers
1912 – Become Boston Braves
1936 – Become Boston Bees
1941 – Become Boston Braves
1953 – Become Milwaukee Braves
1966 – Become Atlanta Braves

Chicago White Stockings
1874 – Founded in NA
1876 – Move from NA to NL
1890 – Become Chicago Colts
1898 – Become Chicago Orphans
1903 – Become Chicago Cubs

Hartford Dark Blues
1874 – Founded in NA
1876 – Move from NA to NL
1877 – Disbanded

St. Louis Brown Stockings
1875 – Founded in NA
1876 – Move to NL
1877 – Disbanded

Cincinnati Red Stockings
1876 – Founded in NL
1880 – Disbanded

St. Louis Grays
1876 – Founded in NL
1877 – Disbanded

Syracuse Stars
1877 – Founded (Independent)
1878 – Move to IA
1879 – Move from IA to NL, then disbanded

Buffalo Bisons
1877 – Founded (Independent)
1878 – Move to IA
1879 – Move from IA to NL
1885 – Disbanded

Indianapolis Blues
1878 – Founded in NL, then disbanded

Milwaukee Grays
1878 – Founded in NL, then disbanded

Providence Grays
1878 – Founded in NL
1885 – Disbanded

Troy Trojans
1879 – Founded in NL
1882 – Disbanded

Cleveland Blues
1879 – Founded in NL
1884 – Disbanded

Worcester Ruby Legs
1880 – Founded in NL
1882 – Disbanded

Detroit Wolverines
1881 – Founded in NL
1888 – Disbanded

New York Gothams
1883 – Founded in NL
1886 – Become New York Giants
1958 – Become San Francisco Giants

Philadelphia Phillies
1883 – Founded in NL

Brooklyn Atlantics
1884 – Founded in AA
1885 – Become Brooklyn Grays
1888 – Become Brooklyn Bridegrooms
1891 – Become Brooklyn Grooms and move to NL
1896 – Become Brooklyn Bridegrooms
1899 – Become Brooklyn Superbas
1911 – Become Brooklyn Dodgers
1913 – Become Brooklyn Superbas
1914 – Become Brooklyn Robins
1932 – Become Brooklyn Dodgers
1958 – Become Los Angeles Dodgers

St. Louis Brown Stockings
1882 – Founded in AA
1892 – Move to NL
1899 – Become St. Louis Perfectos
1900 – Become St. Louis Cardinals

Pittsburgh Pirates
1882 – Founded in AA
1887 – Move to NL

Cincinnati Red Stockings
1882 – Founded in AA
1890 – Become Cincinnati Reds and move to NL
1954 – Become Cincinnati Redlegs
1960 – Become Cincinnati Reds

Baltimore Orioles
1882 – Founded in AA
1892 – Move from AA to NL
1899 – Disbanded

Louisville Eclipse
1882 – Founded in AA
1885 – Become Louisville Colonels
1892 – Move to NL
1899 – Disbanded

St. Louis Maroons
1884 – Founded in NL
1887 – Become Indianapolis Hoosiers
1889 – Disbanded

Kansas City Cowboys
1886 – Founded in NL, then disbanded

Washington Nationals
1886 – Founded in NL
1889 – Disbanded

Cleveland Forest Citys
1887 – Founded in AA
1889 – Become Cleveland Spiders and move to NL
1899 – Disbanded

Brooklyn Gladiators
1890 – Founded in NL, then disbanded

Washington Statesmen
1891 – Founded in AA
1892 – Become Washington Senators and move to NL
1899 – Disbanded

Philadelphia Athletics
1901 – Founded in AL
1955 – Become Kansas City Athletics
1968 – Become Oakland Athletics
1973 – Become Oakland A’s
1980 – Become Oakland Athletics

Cleveland Blues
1901 – Founded in AL
1902 – Become Cleveland Bronchos
1903 – Become Cleveland Naps
1915 – Become Cleveland Indians

Milwaukee Brewers
1901 – Founded in AL
1902 – Become St. Louis Browns
1954 – Become Baltimore Orioles

Boston Americans
1901 – Founded in AL
1903 – Become Boston Pilgrims
1907 – Become Boston Red Sox

Detroit Tigers
1901 – Founded in AL

Washington Senators
1901 – Founded in AL
1961 – Become Minnesota Twins

Chicago White Stockings
1901 – Founded in AL
1903 – Become Chicago White Sox

Baltimore Orioles
1901 – Founded in AL
1903 – Become New York Highlanders
1913 – Become New York Yankees

Los Angeles Angels
1961 – Founded in AL
1965 – Become California Angels
1997 – Become Anaheim Angels
2005 – Become Los Angeles Angels

Washington Senators
1961 – Founded in AL
1972 – Become Texas Rangers

Houston Colt 45’s
1962 – Founded in NL
1965 – Become Houston Astros

New York Mets
1962 – Founded in NL

Kansas City Royals
1969 – Founded in AL

Seattle Pilots
1969 – Founded in AL
1970 – Become Milwaukee Brewers
1998 – Move to NL

Montreal Expos
1969 – Founded in NL
2004 – Become Washington Nationals

San Diego Padres
1969 – Founded in NL

Seattle Mariners
1977 – Founded in AL

Toronto Blue Jays
1977 – Founded in AL

Florida Marlins
1993 – Founded in NL
2012 – Become Miami Marlins

Colarado Rockies
1993 – Founded in NL

Arizona Diamondbacks
1998 – Founded in NL

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1998 – Founded in AL
2008 – Become Tampa Bay Rays

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