Defunct Baseball Teams No. 1: Providence Grays
When baseball was first organized in the late 19th century, the majority of its fans lived in the northeast region of the country. At one point, there were five teams in southern New England, and another five in New York state. But before the Yankees, Giants, and Red Sox reigned supreme, the Providence Grays of Rhode Island were a dominant force both in the standings and in the real world. In addition to winning two championships, one recent study suggests that the Grays debuted the first African-American player in 1879, five years before the player previously believed to break the pre-nadir color barrier.