YEAR IN REVIEW : 1883 American Association

Off the Field...

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.

In 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.

In 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"(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

Baltimore
34
Pittsburgh
.357
Philadelphia
31
Pittsburgh
147
Philadelphia
14
Pittsburgh
.394
Data Not Kept
n/a
n/a
n/a
Philadelphia
110
Philadelphia
.506
Philadelphia
213
Columbus
17

1883 American Association Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
68
Cincinnati
2.09
New York
68
Pittsburgh
1
n/a
St. Louis
St. Louis
6
Cincinnati
New York
359
St. Louis
.700
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

Philadelphia
200
Philadelphia
.262
Philadelphia
149
Philadelphia
974
Cincinnati
34
Philadelphia
.300
Philadelphia
720
Cincinnati
.363
Columbus
79

1883 American Association Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
79
St. Louis
2.23
Fewest Hits Allowed
St. Louis
729
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Louisville
7
St. Louis
Fewest Walks Allowed
Philadelphia
95
Pittsburgh
1
St. Louis
St. Louis
9
New York
490
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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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