Year In Review : 1900 National League

O ff the field...

On September 8 th , a huge hurricane slammed into the coast of Galveston, Texas killing an estimated 6,000-8,000 people. Although storm-warning signals were posted along Louisiana and north Texas coast from the 4 th to the 6 th , no one in the Weather Bureau office associated these conditions to the approach of the storm, which had raked the Florida Keys. Since Galveston was a town on an island that amounted to little more than an unprotected sandbar, the city was completely devastated. The "Galveston Hurricane" tragedy is still considered the worst in U.S. history and was responsible for more American deaths than the legendary Johnstown Flood, the San Francisco Earthquake, the 1938 New England Hurricane and the Great Chicago Fire combined.

I n the National League...

Chicago Colts (Cubs) Jimmy Ryan led a 4-3 victory over Cincinnati Reds pitcher Noodles Hahn with the twentieth leadoff home run of his career.

The National League rules committee stated that: a single umpire (not two) would work each game, a balk rule would allow only a base runner to advance (not the batter), and a change in the shape of home plate to five-sided would be instituted to eliminate the corners of the old one-foot by one-foot plate.

On July 7 th , Boston Braves hurler Kid Nichols tossed his three-hundredth career victory, beating the Chicago Colts (Cubs) 11-4. The pinnacle victory came two months before his thirty-first birthday, making him the youngest pitcher ever to reach win number three-hundred.

"I owe everything I have to them (fans) when I'm out there on the mound. But I owe the fans nothing and they owe me nothing when I am not pitching." - Christy Mathewson
1900 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

115

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.381

Doubles

Pittsburgh

45

Hits

Brooklyn

204

Home Runs

Boston

12

On Base Percentage

St. Louis

.505

RBI

Philadelphia

110

Runs

Philadelphia

132

Slugging Average

Pittsburgh

.573

Stolen Bases

St. Louis

45

New York

Total Bases

Pittsburgh

302

Triples

Pittsburgh

22

1900 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

34

ERA

Pittsburgh

2.37

Games

New York

45

Saves

Brooklyn

4

Shutouts

Chicago

4

Cincinnati

Boston

St. Louis

Strikeouts

Cincinnati

132

Winning Percentage

Brooklyn

.778

Wins

Brooklyn

28

1900 National League

Team Standings

Brooklyn Superbas

82 54 .603 0

Pittsburgh Pirates

79 60 .568

Philadelphia Phillies

75 63 .543 8

Boston Beaneaters

66 72 .478 17

St. Louis Cardinals

65 75 .464 19

Chicago Orphans

65 75 .464 19

Cincinnati Reds

62 77 .446 21½

New York Giants

60 78 .435 23

1900 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

440

Batting Average

Brooklyn

.293

Doubles

Chicago

202

Hits

Philadelphia

1,439

Home Runs

Boston

48

On Base Percentage

Brooklyn

.359

Runs

Brooklyn

816

Slugging Average

Brooklyn

.383

Stolen Bases

Brooklyn

274

Triples

Pittsburgh

100

1900 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

137

ERA

Pittsburgh

3.06

Fewest Hits Allowed

Pittsburgh

1,232

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Chicago

21

Fewest Walks Allowed

Pittsburgh

295

Saves

Brooklyn

4

Shutouts

St. Louis

12

Strikeouts

Pittsburgh

415



On July 7, 1900, Kid Nichols of Boston beat Chicago 11-4 two months before his thirty-first birthday. This victory made him the youngest pitcher to reach the three-hundred wins plateau.

On July 17, 1900, Christy Mathewson made his Major League debut in relief of Ed Doheny . Did you know that "Big Six" gave up six runs, hit three batters, walked two and received the loss during his first game?

On November 14, 1900, the National League referred to the American League as an outlaw league and refused to acknowledge it as an equal.

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