Year In Review : 1883 American Association

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U.S. Congress created the Civil Service Commission to oversee the hiring for all Government civilian jobs. The service assisted in filling positions in a wide variety of professional, technical, clerical, craft and other occupations. Several years later, it underwent a complete reform by President Theodore Roosevelt who held the ideal that the Government should be the great arbiter of the conflicting economic forces in the Nation, especially between capital and labor, guaranteeing justice to each and dispensing favors to none.

I n the National League

The National League regulated stockings for the first time as Boston wore red, Buffalo; gray, Chicago; white, Cleveland; blue, Providence; light blue, Detroit; brown, Philadelphia; blue and white checks and New York; crimson and black.

Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn tossed an 8-0 no-hitter against the Cleveland Blues on July 25 th . Radbourn was one of the most dominant pitchers of his day winning thirty-one in 1882, forty-nine in 1883 and an incredible sixty games in 1884 (including twenty-six out of the final twenty-seven).

Hugh Daily, a one armed pitcher for Cleveland, threw a 1-0 no-hitter against Philadelphia on September 13 th . Known as "One Arm", Daily pitched six seasons in the Major Leagues compiling a 73-87 record.

I n the American Association

During the pre-season, the American Association and National League agreed to terms of peace including a promise not to raid players from each other’s league.

The American Association champion Philadelphia Athletics lost their first eight post-season exhibition games resulting in the cancellation of a "World Series" against the National League pennant-winning Boston Beaneaters.

"(John) Reilly was one of the major league American Association's stars, and he played his entire career in his hometown of Cincinnati. A smooth-fielding, 6'3" first baseman, Long John tied for the AA lead with eleven home runs in 1884 and led with thirteen HR and one-hundred three RBI in 1888." - Professor / Historian Duane A. Smith
1883 American Association Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Baltimore

34

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.357

Doubles

Philadelphia

31

Hits

Pittsburgh

147

Home Runs

Philadelphia

14

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.394

RBI

Data Not Kept

n/a

n/a

n/a

Runs

Philadelphia

110

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.506

Total Bases

Philadelphia

213

Triples

Columbus

17

1883 American Association Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

68

ERA

Cincinnati

2.09

Games

New York

68

Saves

Pittsburgh

1

n/a

St. Louis

Shutouts

St. Louis

6

Cincinnati

Strikeouts

New York

359

Winning Percentage

St. Louis

.700

Wins

Cincinnati

43

1883 American Association

Team Standings

Philadelphia Athletics

66 32 .673 0

St. Louis Browns

65 33 .663 1

Cincinnati Red Stockings

61 37 .622 5

New York Metropolitans

54 42 .563 11

Louisville Eclipse

52 45 .536 13½

Columbus Colts

32 65 .330 33½

Pittsburgh Alleghenys

31 67 .316 35

Baltimore Orioles

28 68 .292 37

1883 American Association Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

200

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.262

Doubles

Philadelphia

149

Hits

Philadelphia

974

Home Runs

Cincinnati

34

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.300

Runs

Philadelphia

720

Slugging Average

Cincinnati

.363

Triples

Columbus

79

1883 American Association Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

79

ERA

St. Louis

2.23

Fewest Hits Allowed

St. Louis

729

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Louisville

7

St. Louis

Fewest Walks Allowed

Philadelphia

95

Saves

Pittsburgh

1

St. Louis

Shutouts

St. Louis

9

Strikeouts

New York

490



On July 4, 1883, Tim Keefe of the New York Metropolitans pitched both ends of a doubleheader and finished with two complete game victories and allowed a total of three hits.

Did you know that after the Louisville Eclipse played the Pittsburgh Alleghenys on August 20, 1883, the league fined Mike Mansell and George Creamer $100 each for playing drunk?

On September 12, 1883, Cincinnati Red Stockings first baseman John Reilly hit for the cycle. Seven days later Reilly hit for the cycle a second time and became the first Major League player to hit for the cycle twice during the same season .

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