The History of the Cleveland Spiders Baseball Team
The Cleveland Spiders were a Major League Baseball team that played between 1887 and 1899, in the National League, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Spiders played at National League Park from 1889 to 1890 and at League Park from 1891 to 1899.
The Cleveland Spiders were disbanded, along with three other teams after a 20–134 record in 1899, a still-standing Major League record for most losses in a season.
Every Cleveland Spiders player, every Spiders schedule, along with scores from every every game, and team specific trivia appears below, as researched by
"They look skinny and spindly, just like spiders. Might as well call them Spiders and be done with it." - Jonathan Fraser Light in
The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball
(McFarland & Company, 09/01/2017, Page 856)
The Cleveland Spiders traveling secretary received a locket at the completion of the 1899 season. The inscription on the locket read, "The only person who had the misfortune to watch all our games."
The team was often made fun of during road trips and many nicknames were bestowed upon them including the Exiles, Barnstormers, Forsakens & Wanderers.
Did you know that during the final game of their history
, a cigar stand clerk at the Queen City Hotel, pitched for the Cleveland Spiders in his first & only Major League game (he lost 19-3)?