On This Day

National League in History

Events in Sport

  • 1876-02-02 Baseball's National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St Louis
  • 1876-04-22 1st official National League baseball game is played; Boston Red Caps beat Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5 at the Jefferson Street Grounds, Philadelphia
  • 1876-04-22 Philadelphia native Tim McGinley of the Boston Red Caps scores baseball National League's 1st run, in Philadelphia
  • 1876-05-02 Ross Barnes hit 1st home run in National League
  • 1880-06-17 Providence Grays MLB pitcher John M. Ward throws a perfect game beating the Buffalo Bisons, 5-0; second perfect game in National League in 6 days; next one takes 84 years
  • 1882-06-24 National League expels umpire Richard Higham from baseball for dishonesty after his links with gambling on games are confirmed
  • 1883-05-01 First National League baseball game in Philadelphia since 1876, Providence Greys beat Philadelphia Quakers, 4-3
  • 1903-07-02 National League MLB batting champion Ed Delahanty, disappears after being removed from a train by force, found dead at bottom of Niagara Falls 2 weeks later
  • 1909-07-30 John Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1909-12-15 Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1913-12-09 John K Tener becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1918-12-10 John Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League for the 2nd time

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1922-09-24 St Louis Cardinals future Baseball Hall of Fame infielder Rogers Hornsby sets National League HR mark at 42

MLB Hall of Fame 2nd Baseman and Manager Rogers Hornsby
MLB Hall of Fame 2nd Baseman and Manager
Rogers Hornsby
  • 1926-07-22 Cincinnati Reds right fielder Curt Walker ties National League record of 2 triples in an inning in a 13-1 rout of the Boston Braves
  • 1928-12-01 National League President John Heydler first to propose a baseball rule change calling for a 10th man, or 'designated hitter', to bat in place of the pitcher; ironically, the NL vote in favour of proposal, but the American League turn it down
  • 1931-02-04 National League adopts a deader baseball
  • 1934-12-11 Ford C Frick becomes president of baseball's National League

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1938-11-01 NL batting champion Ernie Lombardi of the Cincinnati Reds is named National League MVP; first catcher to win award; Boston Red Sox 1st baseman Jimmie Foxx takes AL award

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • 1943-02-09 National League of Baseball seeks a buyer for the Philadelphia Phillies as owner Gerry Nugent falls in arrears
  • 1948-11-30 Baseball's Negro National League disbands
  • 1950-04-20 Balt's Memorial Stadium opens - Orioles of International League
  • 1951-09-16 US National League umpire Frank Dascoli clears the Dodgers bench, ejecting 15 players
  • 1951-09-20 MLB owners elect National League President Ford Frick as 3rd Baseball Commissioner for a 7-year term at a then massive $65,000 per annum

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1951-11-01 Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella wins first of his 3 National League MVP awards

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1953-03-18 MLB National League approves Boston Braves move to Milwaukee (1st shift since 1903)

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1956-03-14 50-year-old baseball pitching star Satchel Paige signs a contract to play for and manage the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro National League

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Satchel Paige
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Satchel Paige
  • 1960-05-19 SF Giants rookie Juan Marichal beats Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0 on debut at Candlestick Park; first National League hurler since 1900 to debut with a one-hitter
  • 1962-02-01 MLB's National League releases its first 162-game schedule due to expansion (18 games between opponents)
  • 1962-11-23 LA Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is named National League MVP

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1966-10-02 Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax wins his 27th game of the season, 6-3 v Philadelphia Phillies; clinches Dodgers 3rd National League pennant in 4 years

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 1969-10-04 MLB holds first league championship games; National League Championship Series: New York Mets beat Atlanta Braves, 9-5; Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3 in American League Championship Series
  • 1970-01-01 Charles "Chub" Feeney becomes president of baseball's National League

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1972-11-02 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton is unanimously selected National League Cy Young Award winner; wins 27 games for Phillies, who as a team win only 57 games

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • 1977-11-02 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton wins his second Cy Young Award, outpointing Tommy John of the LA Dodgers; Carlton leads National League with 23 wins and posts 2.64 ERA

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1981-12-02 Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela becomes 3rd consecutive LA Dodgers player to be named National League Rookie of the Year; Rick Sutcliffe 1979, Steve Howe 1980

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela

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1985-02-21 National League baseball player Tim Raines is awarded a $1.2 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 1986-06-10 A. Bartlett Giamatti succeeds Chub Feeney as President of baseball's National League
  • 1989-02-03 Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • 1990-04-21 National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards

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1993-11-03 Greg Maddux becomes first pitcher since Sandy Koufax to win the National League's Cy Young Award in successive MLB seasons and the first in successive seasons with different teams; Cubs 1992, Braves 1993

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • 1999-09-04 MLB's Cincinnati Reds set a National League record with 9 home runs as they rout the Philadelphia Phillies, 22-3

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1855-02-19 John Morrill, American baseball first baseman and manager (National League pennant: 1877, 78, 83; Boston Red Caps/Beaneaters), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • 1896-05-28 Warren Giles, American baseball National League president, born in Tiskilwa, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • 1930-03-13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), born in South Gate, California (d. 2018)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1932-04-02 John Morrill, American baseball first baseman and manager (National League pennant: 1877, 78, 83; Boston Red Caps/Beaneaters), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 1979-02-07 Warren Giles, American baseball National League president, dies at 82
  • 1994-01-10 Charles "Chub" Feeney, baseball pres (National League), dies at 72
  • 2018-01-13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), dies at 87