American League in History

Events in Sport

  • 1900-01-29 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis
  • 1900-11-13 Baltimore Orioles (now NY Yankees) enter baseball's American League
  • 1901-01-24 1st games played in baseball's American League
  • 1901-04-25 Erve Beck hits American League's 1st home run
  • 1901-05-01 Chicago White Sox outfielder Herm McFarland hits the first grand slam in American League history in a 19-9 win at home against Detroit. The Tigers committed 12 errors
  • 1903-01-09 Baseball's National & American Leagues make peace
  • 1903-01-09 Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase the American League's Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and move it to NYC (later the NY Yankees)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1924-09-14 Walter Johnson selected as the American League MVP

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1943-09-06 Carl Scheib becomes youngest pitcher in American League history at 16years, 8 months
  • 1960-12-14 Washington Senators joins American League
  • 1973-01-11 American League adopts designated hitter rule

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1864-01-06 Ban Johnson, baseball founder (American League), born in Norwalk, Connecticut

Deaths in Sport

  • 1931-03-28 Ban Johnson, American baseball executive, founder and President of the American League, dies after a long illness at 67
  • 1984-09-07 Joe Cronin, American baseball shortstop (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL Pres), dies at 77