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First Nine of the Cincinnati (Red Stockings) Base Ball Club, 1869.
First Nine of the Cincinnati (Red Stockings) Base Ball Club, 1869

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How Baseball Began
The first all-professional baseball team was the Cincinnati Red Stockings. It was considered a bold move to decide to openly pay players to play baseball, and it can be credited to Club President Aaron B. Champion, who came up with the idea. In 1869, the Reds' player-manager Harry Wright, known as the "Father of Professional Baseball," and his team toured the country and won 60 games without a single loss. Although the National Association didn't want to support the professional baseball movement, they were overruled. Major League baseball in America had begun.
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