YEAR IN REVIEW : 1890 National League

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

"There is no doubt that Harry Wright was the father of professional base ball playing." - Henry Chadwick

1890 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
113
New York
.336
Philadelphia
41
Hits
New York
172
New York
Brooklyn
13
New York
Chicago
Chicago
.443
Brooklyn
128
Brooklyn
148
New York
.495
New York
274
Cincinnati
26

1890 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
65
Cincinnati
1.95
Chicago
71
Brooklyn
2
Philadelphia
Chicago
Boston
7
New York
341
Brooklyn
.732
Chicago
42

1890 National League

Team Standings

Brooklyn Bridegrooms 86 43 0 .667 0
Chicago Colts 83 53 2 .613 6
Philadelphia Phillies 78 53 1 .591
Cincinnati Reds 77 55 2 .583 10½
Boston Beaneaters 76 57 1 .571 12
New York Giants 63 68 4 .481 24
Cleveland Spiders 44 88 4 .333 43½
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 23 113 2 .169 66½

1890 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
530
Philadelphia
.269
Philadelphia
220
Chicago
1,271
Chicago
67
Philadelphia
.350
Brooklyn
.884
Brooklyn
.369
Cincinnati
120

1890 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
132
Cincinnati
2.79
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,029
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
New York
14
Fewest Walks Allowed
Boston
354
Chicago
3
Boston
13
New York
612
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On May 1, 1890, George Pinkney was spiked in a game versus Boston and had to leave the field. This ended his consecutive innings played record with more than five-thousand - a feat not matched until Cal Ripken, Jr. took the field during the 1980s.

On June 6, 1890, Harry Wright "watched" his Philadelphia club from the dugout. He was suffering from temporary blindness yet managed his team, thus becoming the only blind manager in history.

On August 16, 1890, Bill Phillips of Pittsburgh became the first pitcher to give up two grand slams, one to Tom Burns and one to Malachi Kittridge , during the same inning.

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