American Association

The American Association was founded in 1902 as an independent league, then was established as a Class A minor league with the formation of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (today known as Minor League Baseball, or MiLB).

The league became Class AAA in 1946, was inactive from 1962 – 1969, and then was one of three Triple-A leagues until its teams were folded into the Pacific Coast and International Leagues in 1998.

The ‘American Association’ name was resurrected as an independent league by noted minor league executive Miles Wolff in 2006.  You can see those baseballs here.



George Trautman 1936 – 1945

Frank C. Lane 1947-1948


Bruce Dudley 1949-1953


Edward S. Doherty 1953-1960


James Burris 1961-1962


Allie Reynolds 1969-1971


Joe Ryan 1972-1987


Kenneth Grandquist 1988


Randy Mobley 1990-1991


Branch B. Rickey 1992-1997