Year In Review : 1892 National League

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Owner Andrew Carnegie and plant manager Henry Clay Frick decided to break the steelworkers union at the Carnegie Steel Company plant in Homestead, Pennsylvania. Without warning, they locked out the steelworkers and hired three-hundred armed guards from the Pinkerton National Detective Agency to protect the non-union strikebreakers. When the Pinkertons arrived on barges, armed steelworkers attacked and defeated them in a bloody battle. Later, the state militia was called in to support Carnegie and ended both the labor conflict and the union.

I n the National League

Wilbert Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles set a Major League record after tallying seven hits in seven at-bats as his team topped the St. Louis Browns 25-4. Robinson also set a second record after driving in eleven runs with six singles and a double.

Due to the expanded number of teams, the season was split into two sections with the first concluding on July 15 th and the second ending in October. The schedule consisted of 140-154 games with the addition of Sunday baseball, which was allowed for the first time in the National League.

The Boston Beaneaters defeated the Cleveland Spiders for the World Championship title. Team president Arthur Soden divided the $1000 purse between his thirteen players with each receiving $76.92 (or $12.82 per game).

"I ran like blazes down to first, And the crowd began to yell: Slide, Kelly, Slide!" - George Gaskin
1892 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

St. Louis

136

Batting Average

Brooklyn

.335

Doubles

Philadelphia

37

Hits

Brooklyn

197

Home Runs

Cincinnati

13

On Base Percentage

Cleveland

.443

RBI

Brooklyn

124

Runs

Cleveland

136

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.495

Stolen Bases

Brooklyn

88

Total Bases

Brooklyn

282

Triples

Philadelphia

21

1892 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

67

ERA

Cleveland

1.93

Games

Chicago

75

Saves

Philadelphia

3

Shutouts

Cleveland

9

Strikeouts

Chicago

312

Winning Percentage

Cleveland

.750

Wins

Chicago

36

Cleveland

1892 National League

Team Standings

Boston Beaneaters

(a) 52 22 .703 +2½
(b) 50 26 .658 3
Final 102 48 .680 +8½

Cleveland Spiders

(a) 40 33 .548 16½
(b) 53 23 .697 +3
Final 93 56 .624

Brooklyn Bridegrooms

(a) 51 26 .662
(b) 44 33 .571
Final 95 59 .617 9

Philadelphia Phillies

(a) 46 30 .605 7
(b) 41 36 .532 12½
Final 87 66 .569 16½

Cincinnati Reds

(a) 44 31 .587
(b) 38 37 .507 14½
Final 82 68 .547 20

Pittsburgh Pirates

(a) 37 39 .487 16
(b) 43 34 .558 10½
Final 80 73 .523 23½

Chicago Colts

(a) 31 39 .443 19
(b) 39 37 .513 14
Final 70 76 .479 30

New York Giants

(a) 31 43 .419 21
(b) 40 37 .519 13½
Final 71 80 .470 31½

Louisville Colonels

(a) 30 47 .390 23½
(b) 33 42 .440 19½
Final 63 89 .414 40

Washington Senators

(a) 35 41 .461 18
(b) 23 52 .307 24½
Final 58 93 .384 44½

St. Louis Browns

(a) 31 42 .425 20½
(b) 25 52 .325 28½
Final 56 94 .373 46

Baltimore Orioles

(a) 20 55 .267 32½
(b) 26 46 .361 25
Final 46 101 .313 54½

1892 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Brooklyn

629

Batting Average

Brooklyn

.262

Doubles

Philadelphia

225

Hits

Brooklyn

1,439

Home Runs

Philadelphia

50

On Base Percentage

Brooklyn

.344

Runs

Brooklyn

935

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.367

Stolen Bases

Brooklyn

409

Triples

Baltimore

111

1892 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Louisville

147

ERA

Cleveland

2.41

Fewest Hits Allowed

Boston

1,156

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Philadelphia

24

Fewest Walks Allowed

Cleveland

413

Saves

Brooklyn

5

Philadelphia

Shutouts

Boston

15

Strikeouts

New York

650



King Kelly , who was famous for his one-liners, was asked during the season if he ever drank (alcohol) while playing to which he replied, "Depends on the length of the game!"

Why did we choose a line from the "Slide, Kelly, Slide" song for our page introduction? Because on the 9th of January it became the first baseball related song to appear on the music charts.

On June 6, 1892, President Benjamin Harrision watched Cincinnati defeat Washington 7-4. This was the first time in history where a U.S. President attended a Major League baseball game.

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