It was the second year of the National League (1877). The Braves (then known as the Boston Red Caps), in fact, did pretty good. They finished first, seven games ahead.Boston Red Caps 1877

The rest of the league was kind of dicey. Only two teams ( the Braves one of them) showed a profit. Philadelphia was kicked out, for all reasons, for not making a single road trip. And Cincinnati couldn’t even pay their dues and was booted out as well.

But the Braves shined through. It was the start of something.