Year In Review : 1889 National League

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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.

I n 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.

I n 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.

"Did you know that he (Dummy Hoy) once threw three men out at home plate in one game? From the outfield, I mean. That was in 1889. And still they don't give him a tumble for the Hall of Fame. It's not right." - Sam Crawford
1889 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

96

Batting Average

Boston

.373

Doubles

Boston

41

Hits

Indianapolis

205

Home Runs

Philadelphia

20

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.486

RBI

New York

130

Runs

New York

147

Slugging Average

New York

.528

Total Bases

Chicago

287

Triples

Washington

19

1889 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

68

ERA

Boston

2.73

Games

Boston

73

Saves

Chicago

2

Boston

New York

Shutouts

Boston

8

Strikeouts

Boston

284

Winning Percentage

Boston

.721

Wins

Boston

49

1889 National League

Team Standings

New York Giants

83 43 .659 0

Boston Beaneaters

83 45 .648 1

Chicago White Stockings

67 65 .508 19

Philadelphia Phillies

63 64 .496 20½

Pittsburgh Alleghenys

61 71 .462 25

Cleveland Spiders

61 72 .459 25½

Indianapolis Hoosiers

59 75 .440 28

Washington Senators

41 83 .331 41

1889 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

538

Batting Average

New York

.282

Doubles

Indianapolis

228

Hits

Indianapolis

1,356

Home Runs

Chicago

79

On Base Percentage

New York

.360

Runs

New York

935

Slugging Average

New York

.393

Triples

New York

77

1889 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Cleveland

132

ERA

Boston

3.36

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,073

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Philadelphia

33

Fewest Walks Allowed

Pittsburgh

374

Saves

Boston

4

Shutouts

Boston

10

Strikeouts

New York

558



Did you know that on May 19, 1889, Dummy Hoy , a Washington center fielder, gunned down a record three baserunners at home plate?

On July 8, 1889, the New York Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Alleghenys 7-5 in the first game ever played at the "new" Polo Grounds.

On August 15, 1889, Cleveland defeated Boston 19-8 and becomes the first team to ever score at least one run during every inning of play .

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