YEAR IN REVIEW : 1890 American Association

Off the field...

Due to a growing concern nationwide over economic power in large corporations, the U.S. Congress passed the first measure to prohibit trusts called the "Sherman Antitrust Act". The act, based on the constitutional power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce, declared illegal every contract, combination, or conspiracy in restraint of interstate and foreign trade. A fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for one year was set as the maximum penalties for violating the law.

In the National League...

On Labor Day, the Pittsburgh Alleghenys were swept in a rare triple-header by the home team Brooklyn Bridegrooms 10-9, 3-2 and 8-4. The trio of winning pitchers included Bob Caruthers, Tom Lovett and Adonis Terry.

New York Giants slugger Mike Tiernan became the first player ever to hit a home run from one ballpark into another after launching a thirteenth inning blast off the Boston Beaneaters' Kid Nichols that traveled over the centerfield wall at the Polo Grounds into the adjacent Brotherhood Park.

In the American Association...

The Brooklyn Bridegrooms and Cincinnati Reds moved from the American Association to the National League who had also dropped the Washington Senators. The American Association's Kansas City franchise folded, but the Rochester Hop Bitters, Syracuse Stars, Toledo Maumees and Brooklyn Gladiators were added in their place.

Ledell "Cannonball" Titcomb tossed a 7-0 no-hitter against the Syracuse Stars on September 15 th .

In the Players League...

The newly developed Players League debuted with eight teams (Boston, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, New York Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) as the Buffalo Bisons recorded the greatest opening day winning margin with a 23-2 victory over the Cleveland Infants.

The short-lived Players League folded in December returning all of their players to their original teams. The Pittsburgh franchise deviated from the agreement though and signed second baseman Louis Bierbauer who had originally belonged to the Philadelphia Phillies. After being accused in the papers of being "Pirates" the team adopted the nickname and refused to return Bierbauer to their cross-state rivals.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"C. Scott Stratton, pitcher in the previous century who hurled 15 straight victories for the Louisville American Association team in 1890, died of a heart attack at Louisville, Ky., March 8." - The Sporting News Obituary (March 8, 1939)

1890 American Association Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Columbus
112
Louisville
.363
Syracuse
33
Louisville
197
St. Louis
9
Philadelphia
.461
Columbus
113
Columbus
140
Philadelphia
.531
Louisville
260
Toledo
20

1890 American Association Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Philadelphia
55
Baltimore
Louisville
2.36
Philadelphia
60
Baltimore
Louisville
4
St. Louis
6
Columbus
Philadelphia
291
Baltimore
Louisville
.708
Philadelphia
36
Baltimore

1890 American Association

Team Standings

Louisville Colonels 88 44 4 .667 0
Columbus Colts 79 55 6 .590 10
St. Louis Browns 78 58 3 .574 12
Toledo Maumees 68 64 2 .515 20
Rochester Rochesters 63 63 7 .500 22
Baltimore Orioles 15 19 4 .441 24
Syracuse Stars 55 72 1 .433 30½
Philadelphia Athletics 54 78 0 .409 34
Brooklyn Gladiators 26 73 1 .263 45½

1890 American Association Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Columbus
545
Louisville
.279
Philadelphia
181
Louisville
1,310
St. Louis
48
St. Louis
.350
St. Louis
870
St. Louis
.370
Toledo
108

1890 American Association Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Rochester
122
Toledo
Louisville
2.57
Fewest Hits Allowed
Columbus
976
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Philadelphia
17
Fewest Walks Allowed
Louisville
293
Louisville
7
Columbus
14
St. Louis
733
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The Brooklyn franchise began as Trolley Dodgers. Several of their players got married, so they became the Bridegrooms. Now that they had dodged trolleys and married wives, they evolved into Gladiators.

Did you know that when the Rochester (8) versus Columbus (3) game played on July 20, 1890 was completed, both teams were arrested? Why? Because it was played on a Sunday!

Jack Stivetts - a picher - hit two home runs during the same game on June 10, 1890, August 6, 1891, and June 12, 1896. This pitching / slugging feat has only been duplicated since by Wes Ferrell (5x) and Don Newcombe (3x).

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