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American League's Best Teams Preface

Although an upstart start-up whose significance the established National League first tried to ignore, then to diminish, and finally accepted as a major league, the American League quickly proved itself every bit a competitive equal. Perhaps more importantly, the AL quickly proved its attraction to the American fan base and within two years consistently drew more people to its baseball games than attended National League games. With the two leagues playing independent regular season schedules until the advent of limited inter-league play in 1997- the only inter-league competition being the annual World Series for the major league baseball championship beginning in 1903 between the pennant-winning teams in each league (and "exhibition" All-Star games beginning in 1933 for league bragging rights)- it would be perhaps unfair to call one league superior to the other. But the American League has been far more successful in the World Series, winning 57 of the 96 World Series played in the twentieth century compared to only 39 World Series championships for National League pennant winners. The major reason for this can be summarized by the words "the New York Yankees", baseball's most successful and dominating franchise in history.

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