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8 Facts About the National League

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The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, known simply as the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest current professional team sports league.

Major League Baseball is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each, who take turns batting and fielding.

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Founded on February 2, 1876, to replace the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, it is sometimes called the Senior Circuit, in contrast to MLB's other league, the American League, which was founded 25 years later.

The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, or simply the National Association, was founded in 1871 and continued through the 1875 season.

Vanarama National League Highlights Show - Matchday 6 by BT Sport

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Both leagues currently have 15 teams.

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The two league champions of 1903 arranged to compete against each other in the inaugural World Series.

The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League champion team and the National League champion team.

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After the 1904 champions failed to reach a similar agreement, the two leagues formalized the World Series as an arrangement between the leagues.

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National League teams have won 48 of the 112 World Series contested from 1903 to 2016.

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The 2016 National League champions are the Chicago Cubs.

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Bill Giles serves as the honorary president of the National League.

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