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Their were two Brooklyn teams to play under the Greys moniker. The first team was formed during the winter of 1882 by editor George Taylor of the New York Herald. With financial backing from Charlie Byrne, Joe Doyle and Ferdinand Abell, Taylor was able to put a team together in time for the 1883 season. The team applied for membership in the Interstate Association on January 16, 1883, and were admitted on March 31st. In their only season in the I.A. the team produced a 40-28 record and won the league pennant. On November 24th the team was admitted into the American Association for the 1884 season.
The Brooklyn Grays were also in the 1884 Eastern League. They entered the league July 13th and were expelled July 16th. They had a record of 0-2. The manager was surnamed Endler.
In their first full season as the Brooklyn Grays, the team continued to play in Washington Park, were managed by Charlie Byrne and Charlie Hackett and finished in fifth place (in a 8 team league) in the American Association. No player that played for the 1885 Brooklyn Grays have been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.
The team improved in their second season to a franchise high third place (8 team league) finish with a record of 76-61 under the management of Charlie Byrne. No player that played for the 1886 Brooklyn Grays have been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.
In their last year as the Brooklyn Grays, the team dropped back to a sixth place finish (8 team league) with a record of 60-74 in Charlie Byrne's last year as a manager. Every year the franchise was in business, the team played a little bit better, until this year.
The Brooklyn Grays next played as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (1888-1890; 1896-1898).
Sources: Terry, James L. Long Before the Dodgers: Baseball in Brooklyn, McFarland and Co., Inc. (C) 2002 pg. 124-30 http://www.luckyshow.org/baseball/CyclonesDucks.htm