Do These MLB Teams Belong to the American League or National League?


By: J.P. Naomi

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Exactly how well do you know Major League Baseball? Well enough to ace this quiz? If you're ready to hit the grand slam of all quizzes, then let's get to it! 

Did you know that the first professional baseball league was known as the National Association? It was started in 1871 and consisted of 25 teams. Today, just two of the original teams continue to play in MLB: the Boston Red Stockings and the Chicago White Stockings. Wait a minute. What we mean is, the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs. Ahh, much better!

As we fast forward more than a century, Major League Baseball has become an incredible success and one of America's favorite pastimes. Divided among two leagues, 30 teams each play 162 games each year for the golden prize - that World Series ring! Whether from the East, Central or West divisions, we challenge you to name the league each team plays in - is it the National League or is it the American League? You've got a 50/50 chance, but only the best can get 100%. Will that be you?

Are you ready for this challenge? It's time to knock this one out of the park, and remember to tip your hat to the crowd! 

The Detroit Tigers play at Comerica Park, but which league are they in?

The Detroit Tigers were established as a member of the American League in 1901! Since then they have won four World Series titles (1935, 1945, 1968, 1984). Their current team manager is Ron Gardenhire.


Established in 1876 and nicknamed the Cubbies, in which league can you find the Chicago Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs are a member of the National League Central division. They play at Wrigley Field, which has a seating capacity of 41, 649. When the Cubbies play at home, they wear a white uniform with blue pinstripes, blue socks and blue hat.


The Toronto Blue Jays have won two World Series titles, now which league are they in?

The Toronto Blue Jays were established in 1977 and won their two title championships in 1992 and 1993. Did you know they are the only Major League Baseball franchise based outside of the U.S.?


Since 1912, the Boston Red Sox have played at Fenway Park, but which league are they in?

The Boston Red Sox are members of the American League East and are joined by the Orioles, Yankees, Rays and Blue Jays. Did you know the Sox have won nine World Series championships and 14 AL pennants?


The Philadelphia Phillies, also known as the Fightin' Phils, are members of which MLB league?

Did you know that the Philadelphia Phillies were previously known as the Philadelphia Quakers? They currently play at Citizens Bank Park located in downtown Philadelphia, which has a seating capacity of 43,035.


Eight Cy Young Award winners have pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers, do know which league they belong to?

The Los Angeles Dodgers were established in 1883 and are considered one of the most successful MLB franchises. They have won six World Series and 23 NL pennants, and have produced 11 NL MVP winners, eight Cy Young winners and 18 Rookie of the Year winners!


They won the World Series just three years into their establishment, in which league do the Arizona Diamondbacks play?

Did you know that the Arizona Diamondbacks team was established in 1998? Since then they have won five NL West division titles, one NL pennant, one Wild Card game and the 2001 World Series.


The Seattle Mariners, managed by Scott Servais, are members of which league?

The Seattle Mariners are one of seven MLB teams who have never won the World Series. Heck, they haven't even won an AL pennant! Perhaps 2019 will be their year... players and fans alike sure hope so!


Established in 1962, which league do the Houston Astros play in?

Did you know that the Houston Astros were part of the National League from 1962 - 2012? They moved to the West Division of the American League in 2013 and won their first World Series title in 2017.


Based in the borough of Queens, the New York Mets are part of which league?

The New York Mets are one of two MLB teams based in New York City - the other being the Yankees, of course. The Mets were established in 1962 to replace both the Dodgers and the Giants who moved across the country to California.


Known as the Washington Senators from 1901 - 1960, which league do the Minnesota Twins play in?

While they've always been in the American League, did you know that this franchise began in Washington DC? Today they play at Target Field and have three World Series titles under their belt.


Once part of the West Division, the Kansas City Royals are now part of the Central Division of which MLB league?

The Kansas City Royals were established in 1969 and are nicknamed The Blue Crew. Throughout the years, the Royals have retired the numbers of four influential players: 5 for George Brett, 10 for Dick Howser, 20 for Frank White, and 42 for Jackie Robinson.


The Atlanta Braves played in the World Series five times during the 1990s, which league did they represent?

Of their five World Series appearances in the 1990s, the Atlanta Braves took home the title just once! In 1995, they defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-2. The MVP of the series was Braves pitcher Tom Glavine.


Which league do the Texas Rangers need to dominate if they want to go to the World Series?

Established in 1961, the Texas Rangers are members of the West Division of the American League. They made it to their first World Series appearance in 2010, but were defeated by the San Francisco Giants.


The Tampa Bay Rays play at the Tropicana Field, but in which league?

Did you know that the Tampa Bay Rays have played at Tropicana Field since 1998? In fact, they were originally known as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays but owner Stuart Sternberg dropped the "Devil" just after the 2007 season.


The Pittsburgh Pirates dress in black, gold and white and play in which league?

Did you know that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been part of the National League since 1887? Since then, the team has won nine NL pennants and five World Series titles, the most recent of which was in 1979.


They play at Miller Park, to which league do the Milwaukee Brewers belong?

Though they were originally members of the American League, the Milwaukee Brewers joined the Central Division of the National League in 1998. They had one appearance in the World Series in 1982 but fell to the St. Louis Cardinals.


The Halos, known as the Los Angeles Angels, won their first World Series in 2002 representing which league?

The Angels have gone through several name changes since 1961, though all have been variations of their current name. Previous names included California Angels, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - and in 2016, they reverted to their original 1961 name: Los Angeles Angels.


Originally known as the Chicago White Stockings, in which league do the Chicago White Sox play?

The Chicago White Sox are one of the eight original franchises of the American League. They have won six AL pennants and three World Series titles, most recently in 2005. Their team colors are black, silver and white.


The Big Red Machine known as the Cincinnati Reds are members of which league?

The Cincinnati Reds were established in 1881 as the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Throughout the years, they have won five World Series titles and nine NL pennants, and they have retired 10 numbers, including number 20 in honor of Frank Robinson.


Based in Washington DC since 2005, the Washington Nationals are members of which league?

While they have always been part of the National League, this franchise was known as the Montreal Expos from 1969 - 2004. They have won five East Division titles, but no pennants or World Series titles just yet.


The Baltimore Orioles are named after the official state bird of Maryland, can you name their league?

Since 1901, the Baltimore Orioles have won three World Series titles and produced several Hall of Famers. These include Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken Jr., and Earl Weaver.


Though they were established in New York, the San Francisco Giants have always been part of which league?

Originally known as the New York Gothams, the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958. They are considered one of the best teams in MLB history. Not only have they won eight World Series titles, they have also won more regular season games than any other team in the league!


The Cleveland Indians play at Progressive Field and are members of which league?

Did you know the original name of the Cleveland Indians was the Grand Rapids Rustlers? The Indians were once part of the East Division of the American League but moved to the Central Division in 1994. They are nicknamed The Tribe.


44 New York Yankees players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, in which league do they play?

After the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Yankees are the second highest valued sports franchise in the United States. Their success is proven in the numbers: 40 AL pennants, 27 World Series championships, 18 division titles, and 44 Hall of Famers.


They have won the second-most championships in MLB history, in which league are the St. Louis Cardinals?

The St. Louis Cardinals have won 11 World Series championships, but they do have a ways to go - the Yankees have 27! Currently the Cardinals are valued at $1.9 billion making them the seventh-most valuable franchise in the MLB.


One of the youngest teams in the MLB, which league do the Miami Marlins belong to?

The Miami Marlins have been part of the East Division of the National League since their establishment in 1993. Originally known as the Florida Marlins, they were renamed in 2012. They are otherwise known as The Fish!


The Colorado Rockies play at Coors Field in downtown Denver, but to which league to they belong?

The Colorado Rockies have been members of the West Division National League since 1993. Their team colors are purple, black and silver, while their home uniform sports pinstripes. Did you know they played at Mile High Stadium during their first two seasons?


As winner of nine championship titles, the Oakland Athletics represent which league?

The Athletic's franchise was founded in Philadelphia in 1901. They moved to Kansas City in 1955 before making their final move to Oakland in 1968. They have produced numerous Hall of Famers including Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson and manager Tony La Russa.


Since 1969, the San Diego Padres, also known as The Dads, have played in which of the following leagues?

Sporting team colors navy blue and white, the San Diego Padres are members of the West Division of the National League. Though they won two NL pennants in 1984 and 1998, they fell short of victory in the World Series both times!


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