Contratulations Royals . . .
The original New York Metropolitans Major League franchise won their 1st
pennant in 1884 in the American Association. The franchise dissolved in 1888
and was replaced by . . . wait for it . . . the 1888 Kansas City Cowboys.
Their star player was future Hall of Famer "Sliding
Billy" Hamilton, shown on his 1888 baseball card, who still ranks 3rd
among all-time stolen base leaders (behind only Henderson & Brock).
The American Association vanished into Major League Baseball history after the
1891 season, pre-dating the birth of the American League by 10 years.