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American Association (20th century)

This article is about the former minor league that existed from 1902 to 1962 and 1969 to 1997. For other uses, see American Association (disambiguation).
American Association (20th century)
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Sport Baseball
Founded
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No. of teams 32 (Total)
Country United States
Ceased
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Last champion(s) Buffalo Bisons (1)
Most titles Louisville Colonels (15)

The American Association was a minor league baseball league at the Triple-A level of baseball in the United States from

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History

For most of the American Association's existence, in both incarnations, it comprised teams primarily from the central part of the United States. The league's attendance base began to be eroded significantly in the 1950s and early 1960s due to expansion and westward migration of major league teams into several of the AA's larger member cities: Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Kansas City, Missouri; and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota. By

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After the

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With major league expansion in

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In the early 1990s, with significant cities like Buffalo, Denver, Indianapolis, and others in the league, the American Association published a media guide with a league map on the cover and the question "Can It Be the Third Major League?" The President of the American Association at the time was Branch Rickey III, grandson of Branch Rickey, who integrated major league baseball in 1947 and later headed up the proposed Continental League, which was to be a third major league.

After the

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The Buffalo Bisons were the last league champions in 1997, and the trophy is still in their possession.

Interleague play

On and off, from

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From

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From

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Complete team list

1902–62 Team timeline

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1969–97 Team timeline

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League champions

Awards

External links