The American Association is one of the great names in the history of professional baseball leagues in the United States. The first American Association was formed in 1902 as an independent minor league for the larger cities in the midwestern area of the U.S. The original members of the league were the St. Paul Apostles, the Minneapolis Millers, the Kansas City Cowboys, the Toledo Mud Hens, the Indianapolis Indians, the Louisville Colonels, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Columbus (OH) Senators. The following year (1903), the American Association joined the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (the minor league organization), and for the next half century the league was arguably the most influential minor league in all of baseball. Great players such as Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and more starred in league ballparks, and the Junior World Series was a major event in the U.S. sporting world. In 1944 more than 50,000 fans showed up for a crucial JWS game between Louisville and Baltimore.
In 2016, the American Association stretches from Canada all the way to southern Texas and as far east as Indiana. Manitoba, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri are all represented in the 12-team league, which will feature three divisions.
The three divsion winners plus one wild card will qualify for the postseason. Each postsesaon series will be a best-of-five format.
American Association Teams
- Gary SouthShore
- Kansas City
- Sioux City
- Sioux Falls
- St. Paul
Learn more about the American Association by visiting their website