The Forest Citys were a short lived professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio in the early 1870s. Cleveland is a City in the US state of Ohio and the County seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state The actual name of the team, as shown in standings, was Forest City, not "Cleveland". The name "Forest Citys" was used in the same generic style of the day in which the team from Chicago, Illinois was called the "Chicagos". Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. "Forest Cities" is incorrect usage. Modern writers often refer to the club as the "Cleveland Forest Citys", which does not reflect 1870s usage, but does distinguish the team from the Rockford, Illinois professional team that was also called "Forest City". Rockford is a mid-sized city located on both banks of the Rock River in far northern Illinois
Professional baseball begin in Cleveland in 1869, following the lead of the first openly professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, on the other side of Ohio. The Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869 were Baseball 's first openly all-professional team The Forest City club was the first fully salaried Cleveland team, beginning in 1870 as an independent.
In 1871 the Forest Citys joined the first professional league, the National Association. Champions National Association (professional Philadelphia Athletics National Association of Amateur Base Ball Players Star of Brooklyn The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (NAPBBP or simply the National Association (NA was founded in 1871 and lasted through the 1875 season
The Forest Citys' home games were played at the National Association Grounds in Cleveland. National Association Grounds was a Baseball grounds in Cleveland Ohio. Forest City played in the very first National Association game, as the visiting team against the Kekionga club of Fort Wayne, Indiana, by a score of 2-0. The Fort Wayne Kekiongas were a professional Baseball team notable for having won the first professional game of baseball ever played on May 4, 1871. Fort Wayne is a City in northeastern Indiana, United States and the County seat of Allen
The Forest City club's record over its two seasons was poor, winning 16 and losing 35. The small quantity of games was typical in the early years, when teams often played only once a week. The team folded after the 1872 season. Champions National Association: Boston Red Stockings National Association final standings Statistical