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Boston Base Ball Association. "The National Association of Professional Baseball Players" was chartered in 1871 with 10 Original teams, including the "Boston Red Stockings" run by the Boston Base Ball Association. Boston won every championship between 1872 and 1875. After the 1875 season the Boston Red Stockings, Chicago White Stockings, New York Mutuals, Hartford Dark Blues, and St. Louis Brown Stockings all left the "National Association" in order to join the newly formed "National League". This caused the "National Association" to fold.
With the move, came changes. Before the first season Boston lost most of its star players including Al Spalding, Jim White, Ross Barnes, and Cal McVey to Chicago, and thus ended there string of Championships. That same year Boston also changed it's name to the "Boston Red Caps." That name lasted until 1883 when they became "The Boston Beaneaters." After the Dove brothers bought the team, they were renamed the "Boston Doves" in 1907. In 1909, it changed again to the "Boston Pilgrims". Finally, in 1912 the name was changed to the "Boston Braves" and remained that until 1952 except for years 1936-40, when they where called the "Boston Bees". The team moved to Milwaukee in 1953 to became the "Milwaukee Braves" and finally to Atlanta in 1966 and are now know as the "Atlanta Braves."
Much of the early history of this company and team can be researched at the Baseball Hall of Fame, where a large collection of papers belonging to Frederick E. Long can be found. Long was the Treasurer for the company from 1871-1888.
Stock. Issued in 1876, when the team joined the National League. #43. A very rare, early and important piece of Baseball history.
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