American League


Definition of American League

the American League
: one of the two major leagues in professional U.S. baseball Detroit, Boston, and Baltimore all have teams in the American League.

Note: The American League was founded in 1901. In games played between teams in the American League, the designated hitter bats in place of the pitcher.

— compare national league

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Other Words from American League

American Leaguer noun
Players in the National League for years have tended to stay further back in the box than American Leaguers, and on the whole their batting averages have been higher. — Ted Williams, The Science of Hitting, 1972

First Known Use of American League

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“American League.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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