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From BR Bullpen
Through the years, the leagues have become more similar in rules and style, though the NL maintains a different style of play from the AL by continuing to eschew the designated hitter rule. The NL's style is a game that is less big-offense driven. The difference, arguably, was never so obvious as during the 1970s and 1980s.
Also, during that time, many teams played in multi-purpose stadims that doubled as football stadiums. These stadiums often had playing surfaces made of artificial turf--Astroturf--rather than natural grass. By 2005, however, every NL team had eliminated artificial turf in favor of natural grass.
 League Presidents
- Morgan G. Bulkeley: 1876
- William Hulbert: 1877 to 1882
- Arthur Soden: 1882
- Abraham Mills: 1883 to 1884
- Nicholas Young: 1885 to 1902
- Harry Pulliam: 1903 to 1909
- John Heydler: 1909
- Thomas Lynch: 1910 to 1913
- John K. Tener: 1913 to 1918
- John Heydler: 1918 to 1934
- Ford Frick 1934 to 1951
- Warren Giles: 1951 to 1969
- Chub Feeney: 1970 to 1986
- A. Bartlett Giamatti: 1986 to 1989
- Bill White: 1989 to 1994
- Leonard Coleman: 1994 to 1999
 Further Reading
- Donald Honig: The National League: An Illustrated History, Crown Publishers, New York, NY, 1983. ISBN 0517550415
- Tom Melville: Early Baseball and the Rise of the National League, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2001.
 Related Sites
-  An article examining the differences between the National and American Leagues over the decades in The Hardball Times, part 1.
-  An article examining the differences between the National and American Leagues over the decades in The Hardball Times, part 2.
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