The Gulf League was an independent American minor baseball league that played in the 1886 season. The four–team league franchises were based in Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana, with each city hosting two teams. The Acid Iron Earths won the league championship.

Gulf League
ClassificationIndependent (1886)
SportMinor League Baseball
Inaugural season1886
Replaced bySouthern League
PresidentJ.G. Brien (1886)
No. of teams4
CountryUnited States of America
Most titles1
Acid Iron Earths (1886)


On April 7, 1886, the "Gulf League" finalized plans to play in the 1886 season. Teams were to be placed in Columbus, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, Montgomery, Alabama, New Orleans, Louisiana, Pensacola, Florida and Selma, Alabama, with play beginning on April 24, 1886.[1]

Ultimately, the league formed as a four–team league, based in two cities.[2] The Moblie team and the Acid Iron Earths team were both based in Mobile, Alabama.[3][4] The New Orleans team and the Robert E. Lee's team were based in New Orleans, Louisiana.[5][6][7][8]

On June 16, 1886, J.G. Brien, of the Robert E. Lee's was announced as the Gulf League president; Richard Sheridan of the Acid Iron Earths, vice president; Charles Shaffer of Mobile, treasurer; and F. McKeough, of New Orleans, secretary.[9]

The "Acid Iron Earth" team was so named because medicine and tonic was being made from the so named "Acid Iron Earth" in Alabama.[9] The Acid Iron Earth Company was founded in April, 1886.[10] The team was also the first known professional team to travel to another country, playing exhibition games in Cuba.[8]

The Gulf League began play on June 20, 1886, with the season ending on Oct 31, 1886.[9]

In the final standings, the 1886 Gulf League champion was Acid Iron Earth. They finished with a (20–11) record, finishing 1.0 game ahead of 2nd place Mobile (19–12). They were followed by New Orleans (15–15) and the Robert E. Lees (7–23).[11]

In 1887, the Gulf League did not resume play.[2] The Mobile Swamp Angels and New Orleans Pelicans teams began play as members of the 1887 Southern League.[12][13]

Cities representedEdit

Yearly standingsEdit

1886 Gulf League

Team standings W L PCT GB Managers
Acid Iron Earths 20 11 .645 - John Kelly
Mobile 19 12 .612 1.0 J.F. Petty
New Orleans 15 15 .500 5.5 Rudolph Lion
Robert E. Lee's 7 23 .233 5.5 Conrad Leithman

No Playoffs Scheduled.



  1. ^ "Motley Crowd, April 7, 1886". Diamonds in the Dusk: 1. 18 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Gulf League (No Classification) Encyclopedia and History".
  3. ^ "1886 Acid Iron Earths Statistics".
  4. ^ "1886 Mobile Statistics".
  5. ^ "1886 New Orleans Statistics".
  6. ^ "1886 Robert E. Lee's Statistics".
  7. ^ "Minors have long tradition of wacky names".
  8. ^ a b Cuhaj, Joe; Carraway-Hinckle, Tamra (January 7, 2004). Baseball In Mobile. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781439612484 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ a b c Dickinson, Charles (5 July 2018), Transcribed Pages from the Charles Dickson Papers on Mobile Baseball (PDF), pp. 6–9
  10. ^ "Acid Iron Earth Co. :: Alabama (US) :: OpenCorporates".
  11. ^ a b "1886 Gulf League (GL) Minor League Baseball Standings on".
  12. ^ "1887 Mobile Swamp Angels Statistics".
  13. ^ "1887 New Orleans Pelicans Statistics".

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