The American League grew out of the minor league Western League (founded 1893) which renamed itself the American League in October 1899. The league declared itself a major league on January 28, 1901, and played its first major league season that year.
There is no difference in the baseballs used in either league of the MLB.
There is no difference between baseballs used in the National and American Leagues. They use the same baseballs made under the same guidelines listed in the Official MLB Rules.
1978 Rawlings All Star Game BaseballsRawlings started to make All-Star baseballs in 1979 that features The All-Star logo. Before 1979 Official Major League baseballs were used. National league baseballs were used when the game was played in a National League Park, and American League baseballs in American League parks. Rawlings first started to make World Series baseballs in 1978 that features The World Series logo.
The National League Spalding baseballs along with the American League Reach Baseballs (owned by Spalding) were used in Major league baseball for about 100 years until Rawlings took over in 1977, and Rawlings have been making major league baseballs ever since.
Rawlings... They manufacture for both the AL and NL (American and National League).
American League baseballs with the Reach Trademark had Red & Blue stitching, and the National LeagueSpalding Trademark baseballs had Black & Red stitching up until about 1934/35 when in both league started using only red stitching.For more information, and pictures of the different Official Major League baseballs that were used, visit the link I left below. -Steven KeyMan
American League baseballs with the Reach Trademark had Red & Blue stitching, and the National League Spalding Trademark baseballs had Black & Red stitching up until about 1934/35 when in both league started using only red stitching. Reach was producing American League baseballs until Rawlings took over around 1970, and Rawlings have been making major league baseballs ever since.Your baseball could be dated by the name of the league president stamped on the baseball. For a list of League presidents, pictures, and values of the baseballs see Related Links below.
Before 1978 official league baseballs were used in the world series. When the World Series was played in the American League ballpark, an official American League baseball was used, National League ballpark, National League baseball. The baseballs were not specially marked for the World Series. Rawlings started to make World Series baseballs in 1978 that features The World Series logo.
1950's Official Major League BaseballsThe value of the baseballs will vary depending on which league the baseballs are from, and the League president that is stamped on the ball.Official American League baseballs from the 1950's had a Reach Trademark and the William Harridge league president stamping until 1959 which had the stamping of League President Joe Cronin. They could have a value of about $200. for the 1959 baseballs and up to $400. for the older William Harridge stamped baseballs. The National League Spalding Trademark baseballs with the Ford Frick and Warren Giles stampings have a value of about $200.-$250. These price are general and will vary based on age and condition