There were eight teams in the original American League. All eight teams are still around, though only the Tigers are still in the same city with the same name.
The Original 1876 American League
Fourteen teams make up the American League today. The only major difference between an AL team and an NL team is the use of the designated hitter. Pitchers don't bat in games played in AL ballparks. Nowadays, most people think the American League has better teams than the National League. For example, the AL has won 13 of the last 15 All-Star Games; in interleague play, the AL has beaten the NL in eight straight years. Still, recent World Series champions have come from both leagues.