CLEVELAND SPIDERS

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 Baseball Almanac .

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"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)

Cleveland Spiders

Franchise Facts At-A-Glance

Cleveland Blues (AA)
1887 - 1888
1887 1888
Cleveland Spiders (NL)
1889 - 1899
1889
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
Bold Seasons : Uniform Numbers Worn
Cleveland Blues (AA)
1887 - 1888
1887 1888
Cleveland Spiders (NL)
1889 - 1899
1889
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
Bold Seasons : Box Scores Available
Cleveland Spiders 100 Wins Seasons
Year Record Manager
None n/a n/a
Cleveland Spiders 100 Loss Seasons
Year Record Manager
1899 20-134 Lave Cross
" " " " Joe Quinn
Cleveland Spiders No-Hitters
Name IP Date
Cy Young 9.0 09-18-1897
Bold = Perfect Game
Cleveland Spiders Cycle Hitters
Name Inn. Date
Larry Twitchell 9.0 08-15-1889
Bold = Natural Cycle
Cleveland Spiders Cy Young Winners
Year Name Position
None n/a n/a
Cleveland Spiders MVP Winners
Year Name Position
None n/a n/a
Cleveland Spiders Rookies of the Year
Year Name Position
None n/a n/a
Cleveland Spiders Retired Numbers
# Name Position
n/a None n/a
Cleveland Spiders Batting Champions
Year Name #
1895 Jesse Burkett .409
1896 Jesse Burkett .410
Cleveland Spiders ERA Champions
Year Name #
1892 Cy Young 1.93
Cleveland Spiders Home Run Champions
Year Name #
None n/a n/a
Cleveland Spiders Strikeout Champions
Year Name #
1896 Cy Young 140
Cleveland Spiders A.A. Pennants
Year Record Manager
None n/a n/a
Cleveland Spiders World Championships
Year Opponent M.V.P.
1895 Baltimore Orioles n/a
Cleveland Spiders N.L. Pennants
Year Record Manager
None n/a n/a
Cleveland Blues (AA) Team Statistics Tool
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Cleveland Spiders (NL) Team Statistics Tool
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Cleveland Spiders Franchise Facts At-A-Glance
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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 Eddie Kolb , 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)?

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