YEAR IN REVIEW : 1889 National League

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

"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

New York
96
Boston
.373
Boston
41
Indianapolis
205
Philadelphia
20
Pittsburgh
.486
New York
130
New York
147
New York
.528
Chicago
287
Washington
19

1889 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
68
Boston
2.73
Boston
73
Chicago
2
Boston
New York
Boston
8
Boston
284
Boston
.721
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

New York
538
New York
.282
Indianapolis
228
Indianapolis
1,356
Chicago
79
New York
.360
New York
935
New York
.393
New York
77

1889 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cleveland
132
Boston
3.36
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,073
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Philadelphia
33
Fewest Walks Allowed
Pittsburgh
374
Boston
4
Boston
10
New York
558
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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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