Year In Review : 1890 National League

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Due to a growing concern nationwide over economic power in large corporations, the U.S. Congress passed the first measure to prohibit trusts called the "Sherman Antitrust Act". The act, based on the constitutional power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce, declared illegal every contract, combination, or conspiracy in restraint of interstate and foreign trade. A fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for one year was set as the maximum penalties for violating the law.

I n the National League

On Labor Day, the Pittsburgh Alleghenys were swept in a rare triple-header by the home team Brooklyn Bridegrooms 10-9, 3-2 and 8-4. The trio of winning pitchers included Bob Caruthers, Tom Lovett and Adonis Terry.

New York Giants slugger Mike Tiernan became the first player ever to hit a home run from one ballpark into another after launching a thirteenth inning blast off the Boston Beaneaters' Kid Nichols that traveled over the centerfield wall at the Polo Grounds into the adjacent Brotherhood Park.

I n the American Association

The Brooklyn Bridegrooms and Cincinnati Reds moved from the American Association to the National League who had also dropped the Washington Senators. The American Association's Kansas City franchise folded, but the Rochester Hop Bitters, Syracuse Stars, Toledo Maumees and Brooklyn Gladiators were added in their place.

Ledell "Cannonball"” Titcomb tossed a 7-0 no-hitter against the Syracuse Stars on September 15 th .

I n the Players League

The newly developed Players League debuted with eight teams (Boston, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, New York Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) as the Buffalo Bisons recorded the greatest opening day winning margin with a 23-2 victory over the Cleveland Infants.

The short-lived Players League folded in December returning all of their players to their original teams. The Pittsburgh franchise deviated from the agreement though and signed second baseman Louis Bierbauer who had originally belonged to the Philadelphia Phillies. After being accused in the papers of being “Pirates” the team adopted the nickname and refused to return Bierbauer to their cross-state rivals.

"There is no doubt that Harry Wright was the father of professional base ball playing." - Henry Chadwick
1890 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

113

Batting Average

New York

.336

Doubles

Philadelphia

41

Hits

New York

172

New York

Home Runs

Brooklyn

13

New York

Chicago

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.443

RBI

Brooklyn

128

Runs

Brooklyn

148

Slugging Average

New York

.495

Total Bases

New York

274

Triples

Cincinnati

26

1890 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

65

ERA

Cincinnati

1.95

Games

Chicago

71

Saves

Brooklyn

2

Philadelphia

Chicago

Shutouts

Boston

7

Strikeouts

New York

341

Winning Percentage

Brooklyn

.732

Wins

Chicago

42

1890 National League

Team Standings

Brooklyn Bridegrooms

86 43 0 .667 0

Chicago Colts

83 53 2 .613 6

Philadelphia Phillies

78 53 1 .591

Cincinnati Reds

77 55 2 .583 10½

Boston Beaneaters

76 57 1 .571 12

New York Giants

63 68 4 .481 24

Cleveland Spiders

44 88 4 .333 43½

Pittsburgh Alleghenys

23 113 2 .169 66½

1890 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Boston

530

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.269

Doubles

Philadelphia

220

Hits

Chicago

1,271

Home Runs

Chicago

67

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.350

Runs

Brooklyn

.884

Slugging Average

Brooklyn

.369

Triples

Cincinnati

120

1890 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

132

ERA

Cincinnati

2.79

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,029

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

New York

14

Fewest Walks Allowed

Boston

354

Saves

Chicago

3

Shutouts

Boston

13

Strikeouts

New York

612



On May 1, 1890, George Pinkney was spiked in a game versus Boston and had to leave the field. This ended his consecutive innings played record with more than five-thousand - a feat not matched until Cal Ripken, Jr. took the field during the 1980s.

On June 6, 1890, Harry Wright "watched" his Philadelphia club from the dugout. He was suffering from temporary blindness yet managed his team, thus becoming the only blind manager in history.

On August 16, 1890, Bill Phillips of Pittsburgh became the first pitcher to give up two grand slams, one to Tom Burns and one to Malachi Kittridge , during the same inning.

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