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National League - League history, Teams, NL presidents 1876–1999, Other leagues

baseball professional hulbert

A baseball league that grew out of the first professional league, the National Association (NA). It was founded in 1876 by William Hulbert, then owner of the NA Chicago White Stockings. The NA was a weak league beset by failing franchises and undisciplined players. As president of the new National League (1877–82), Hulbert introduced regular schedules, banned alcohol from baseball grounds, and worked to eliminate game-fixing. At his death (1882) the league was firmly established and the reputation of professional baseball enhanced.

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