Last modified: 2020-12-26 by rick wyatt
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images from Pete Loeser, 25 January 2019
The oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada is that of baseball. Today it is organized under the direction of the "Major League Baseball" organization, or MLB. It is divided into two "leagues". A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league divided into three conferences. The NL is the oldest, started in 1876, and AL was started in 1901. The first professional team, or franchise, was started in Cincinnati in 1869. Before that time there were some unorganized teams and local leagues, with some players paid under the table, some not, but certainly nothing official or professional. During this time there were no contracts and players often jumped from one team or league to another.
Pete Loeser, 25 January 2019
|MLB Teams Arranged by Divisions and Cities|
|AL East||Baltimore Orioles||Boston Red Sox||New York Yankees||Tampa Bay Rays||Toronto Blue Jays||AL Central||Chicago White Sox||Cleveland Indians||Detroit Tigers||Kansas City Royals||Minnesota Twins||AL West||Houston Astros||Los Angeles Angels||Oakland Athletics||Seattle Mariners||Texas Rangers||NL East||Atlanta Braves||Miami Marlins||New York Mets||Philadelphia Phillies||Washington Nationals||NL Central||Chicago Cubs||Cincinnati Reds||Milwaukee Brewers||Pittsburgh Pirates||St. Louis Cardinals||NL West||Arizona Diamondbacks||Colorado Rockies||Los Angeles Dodgers||San Diego Padres||San Francisco Giants|
|MLB Teams in Alphabetical Order by Mascots/Team Names|
So, every year the championship of the league is at stake, in the form of a pennant. Originally this appears to have been an actual pennant, but nowadays the wording allows for it actually being a flag. Either way, it appears to still exists in the cloth, but as there are only some 200 of those, they do not feature very prominently in the media. So:
What happens to these pennants? Depending on the sport, one might imagine:
Obviously, there may be a fixed size for these pennants, and even if totally
regulated, the separate leagues may still have different designs. (And do the
winners of the divisions get anything for coming out on top?)
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 September 2020
There may have been an actual pennant in the early days of the sport, but now
the term "pennant" is figurative. Teams receive trophies for winning divisions,
leagues and the overall World Series.
The teams fly actual flags on their stadiums. The types and sizes vary. A team with only one World Series might showcase their flag differently than a team with 20+ Championships. There could be one flag or dozens.
We supply the flags for the Orioles stadium. There are only flags for the highest level achieved and no flags for division titles. There are 3 World Series and 3 American League Champions flags in the set. The sets are made in multiple sizes.
Rick Wyatt, 12 September 2020