The Metropolitans of the American Association
1882, the American Association was formed as a rival to the National
It placed teams in many large cities, but not in the nation's largest,
New York. The following year, the Metropolitans, which had formed in
as an independent team, joined the league. The team originally had the
same owners as the Giants, which joined the National League in 1883.
Mets were treated by their owners as secondary to the Giants, and
to survive until 1887. The links below lead to summaries of each of the
Mets' AA seasons except the championship year of 1884, which is well
by John O'Malley's article in the 1985 edition of SABR's The
Pastime. Mr. O'Malley has a fine article on the
season of 1880 in the 1980 Baseball Research Journal,
Bet you didn't think there could be Metropolitans news. But there is. I
recently learned that Stats Inc. named Billy Holbert and Frank
to their all-time AA Fielding Team.
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