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The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise started in 1884 as the Brooklyn Atlantics of the American Association, then became the Brooklyn Grays for the 1885-1887 seasons, and then became the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. The franchise were the Bridegrooms from 1888-1890, and then from 1896-1898. From 1891 to 1895, the team dropped the Bride part of their nickname, and played as the Brooklyn Grooms.

As the Bridegrooms, the franchise won two Pennants (one American Association, and one National League) and appeared in two playoffs. The franchise moved from the American Association to the National League beginning in the 1890 season.

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[edit] 1888

In their first season as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, the team finished with a record of 88-52, and in second place (their best finish up to that point). 1888 marks Bill McGunnigle's first managing job with the franchise. No player that played for the 1888 Brooklyn Bridegrooms has been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

[edit] 1889

Bill McGunnigle leads the franchise to their first Pennant, coming in first in the American Association with a record of 93-44. This will be the franchise's last season in the American Association. No player from the 1889 Brooklyn Bridegroom American Association championship season has been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

[edit] 1890

In their first year in the National League, the franchise picks up their first and only Bridegroom National League Pennant. With Bill McGunnigle at manager for the last time, the team finishes with a record of 86-43. No player from the 1890 Brooklyn Bridegroom National League championship season has been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

The franchise dropped the Bride from their nickname and played as the Brooklyn Grooms from 1891-1895, before returning to the Bridegrooms nickname.

[edit] 1896

In their first sesaon since returning to the Bridegroom name after a brief period as the Brooklyn Grooms, the team finishes in tenth place with a record of 58-73 behind the leadership of Dave Foutz in his fourth and last season as the franchise's manager. No player from the 1896 Brooklyn Bridegroom season has been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

[edit] 1897

In their next to last season as the Bridegrooms, the team, under new franchise manager Billy Barnie, finishes the season with a record of 61-71 and in seventh place. No player from the 1897 Brooklyn Bridegroom season has been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

[edit] 1898

In their final season as the Bridegrooms, the team drops all the way down to tenth place under the combined management of Billy Barnie, Mike Griffin (player/manager), and Charlie Ebbets. No player from the 1898 Brooklyn Bridegroom season has been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

The Brooklyn Bridegrooms next played as the Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910, 1913).

[edit] Further Reading

  • Ronald G. Shafer: When the Dodgers Were Bridegrooms: Gunner McGunnigle and Brooklyn's Back-to-Back Pennants of 1889 and 1890, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2011.
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