YEAR IN REVIEW : 1889 American Association

Off the field...

On June 1 st , Americans awoke to the news that Johnstown, Pennsylvania had been devastated by the worst flood in U.S. history. Over 2,200 were dead, with many more homeless. Johnstown was a steel company town with a population of 30,000. It had grown quickly into an industrious community known for the quality of its steel. After a night of heavy rains, the South Fork Dam that protected the city collapsed, sending twenty million tons of water crashing down the narrow valley. Filled with huge chunks of debris, the wall of floodwater grew at times to sixty feet high, tearing downhill at forty miles per hour, leveling everything in its path.

In the National League...

John T. Brush approved a new salary classification plan based on rating players personal habits from A to E. Class "A" players received $2500 dollars while a Class "E" player was paid $1,500 dollars and expected to help clean the clubhouse. The Brotherhood of Professional Baseball Players was displeased with the policy, but managed to avert a strike by proposing the development of a third league.

William Hoy of the Washington Senators became the first outfielder ever to throw out three runners at the plate in a single game. Both deaf and mute from the age of three, Hoy played fourteen years in the majors while hitting .288 with forty home runs and seven-hundred twenty-six runs batted in. In 1901, he also became the first player ever to hit two grand slams in a single game.

On October 29 th , the New York Giants defeated the Brooklyn Trolley-Dodgers in an early nine game version of the "Subway Series" world championship.

In the American Association...

The Louisville Colonels set an unwanted Major League record on June 22 nd after suffering their twenty-sixth consecutive loss.

The Brooklyn Bridegrooms won the American Association pennant after defeating the Columbus Buckeyes 6-1 on October 14 th .

Montgomery Ward organized a third league known as the "Players League" consisting of the Boston Reds, Brooklyn Wonders, Buffalo Bisons, Chicago Pirates, Cleveland Infants, New York Giants, Philadelphia Quakers and Pittsburgh Burghers. It was determined that all players moving into the new league for it's 1890 inaugural season would receive three-year contracts with guaranteed 1888 salaries for the first year and no subsequent pay-cuts.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Gentlemanly and articulate in an age when few ballplayers were, he played as (Harry) Stovey rather than Stowe (his real name) so that his mother would not see his name in box scores." - Jack Kavanagh

1889 American Association Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
118
Baltimore
.372
Philadelphia
39
Baltimore
196
Cincinnati
19
Philadelphia
Baltimore
.450
Philadelphia
119
Philadelphia
152
Philadelphia
.525
Philadelphia
292
Columbus
15

1889 American Association Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Baltimore
55
St. Louis
2.25
Columbus
63
Cincinnati
5
Brooklyn
7
Columbus
368
Brooklyn
.784
Brooklyn
40

1889 American Association

Team Standings

Brooklyn Bridegrooms 93 44 .679 0
St. Louis Browns 90 45 .667 2
Philadelphia Athletics 75 58 .564 16
Cincinnati Red Stockings 76 63 .547 18
Baltimore Orioles 70 65 .519 22
Columbus Colts 60 78 .435 33½
Kansas City Blues 55 82 .401 38
Louisville Colonels 27 111 .196 66½

1889 American Association Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Brooklyn
550
Philadelphia
.275
Philadelphia
239
Philadelphia
1,339
St. Louis
58
Philadelphia
.354
Brooklyn
995
Cincinnati
.382
Cincinnati
96

1889 American Association Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Philadelphia
130
St. Louis
3.00
Fewest Hits Allowed
St. Louis
1,166
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Baltimore
27
Fewest Walks Allowed
Brooklyn
400
Cincinnati
8
Baltimore
10
Brooklyn
St. Louis
617
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In 1888, it was a nickname. In 1889, it was a team name: The Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers were referred to as the Bridegrooms throughout the previous season due to the large number of betrothed players. The nickname stuck and the Bridegrooms were created.

Did you know that the Kansas City Blues were the second (and final [the first was the Columbus Colts on June 14, 1883]) American Association team to score at least one run during every inning of a game? The fabulous feat took place on May 20, 1888 versus the Brooklyn Bridegrooms and the Colts won the high scoring contest 18-12.

The Louisville Colonels experienced what could have been one of the most challenging seasons for any franchise; on June 14, 1889 they lost their twentieth consecutive game and received a $25 fine from their manager just for losing, one day later only six players show up to play and the game is forfeited, eight days later they set the Major League record for consecutive losses (26) and by seasons end they had become the first (and one of only two) American Association team to lose more than one-hundred regular season games.

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