On January 20, 1871, The first franchise in the yet-to-be formed National Association of Professional Baseball Players is born. The Boston Red Stockings, the league’s charter franchise, they are incorporated by Ivers Whitney Adams with $15,000 and will be managed by Harry Wright, who founded and managed the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team. Two months later, the National Association will officially open for business, as the ancestors of the future National League’s Braves franchise are born. The franchise will compile a 225-60 (.789) record and will win four pennants during its five-year existence in the National Association.


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