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The Atlantic League was a minor league baseball league that operated between 1896 and 1900 in the Northeastern United States. It was the successor of the Pennsylvania State League, which had operated from 1892 to 1895. The name has subsequently been reused twice, for another short-lived league in 1914, and for a contemporary independent minor league.

Atlantic League (1896–1900)
FormerlyPennsylvania State League
CeasedJune 1900
No. of teams8
CountryUnited States
Most titlesRichmond Bluebirds (2)
ClassificationClass A, Class B



Ed Barrow was president of the Atlantic League for three of its five seasons.

League championsEdit

Season Champion Record Class League
1896 Newark Colts 82–61 (.573) A 6 teams  [1]
1897 Lancaster Maroons 90–45 (.667) B 8 teams [2]
1898 Richmond Bluebirds 77–44 (.636) B 8 teams [3]
1899 Richmond Bluebirds 63–25 (.716) A 8 teams [4]
1900 Scranton Miners 26–7 (.788) 8 teams [5]

  In 1896, two teams relocated during the season, and standings show eight different teams; at any point in time, there were six teams active.

Source: [6]


Team City 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900
Allentown Peanuts Allentown, Pennsylvania      Y  Y  Y
Elmira Elmira, New York          Y
Harrisburg Ponies Harrisburg, Pennsylvania          Y12
Hartford Bluebirds Hartford, Connecticut  Y  Y      
Hartford Cooperatives      Y    
Jersey City Jersey City, New Jersey          Y
Lancaster Maroons Lancaster, Pennsylvania  Y12  Y  Y  Y  
New Haven Texas Steers New Haven, Connecticut  Y12        
New York Metropolitans New York, New York  Y12        
Newark Colts Newark, New Jersey  Y  Y  Y  Y  Y
Norfolk Jewels Norfolk, Virginia    Y  Y    
Paterson Silk Weavers Paterson, New Jersey  Y  Y  Y    
Paterson Giants        Y  
Philadelphia Athletics Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Y12  Y      Y12
Reading Coal Heavers Reading, Pennsylvania    Y  Y  Y  Y
Richmond Bluebirds Richmond, Virginia    Y  Y  Y  
Scranton Miners Scranton, Pennsylvania        Y  Y
Wilkes-Barre Coal Barons Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania        Y  Y
Wilmington Peaches Wilmington, Delaware  Y        
Total league size 6 8 8 8 8


In 1896, New Haven moved to Lancaster on July 3, while New York was expelled on July 13 and replaced by Philadelphia.
In 1899, Paterson disbanded on July 4, and Scranton followed on July 9.
In 1900, Philadelphia moved to Harrisburg, and Newark and Jersey City disbanded June 2.
The league disbanded June 12, 1900.

See alsoEdit


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  6. ^ "Atlantic League". Retrieved July 15, 2019.