YEAR IN REVIEW : 1890 Players 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

"The Players' League was a case of skilled laborers attempting to regain control over the sale of their product (baseball games) from the profit driven entrepreneurs who controlled the established major leagues." - Ethan Lewis in A Structure To Last Forever":The Players' League And The Brotherhood War of 1890 (2001)

1890 Players League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Brooklyn
123
Cleveland
.373
Cleveland
40
Chicago
191
New York
14
Boston
.466
Boston
146
Chicago
161
New York
.548
Philadelphia
282
Pittsburgh
22
Pittsburgh

1890 Players League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
53
Chicago
2.69
Chicago
58
Cleveland
3
Brooklyn
New York
Chicago
4
Chicago
206
Boston
.720
Chicago
33

1890 Players League

Team Standings

Boston Red Stockings 81 48 .628 0
Brooklyn Wonders 76 56 .576
New York Giants 74 57 .565 8
Chicago Pirates 75 62 .547 10
Philadelphia Quakers 68 63 .519 14
Pittsburgh Burghers 60 68 .469 20½
Cleveland Infants 55 75 .423 26½
Buffalo Bisons 36 96 .273 46½

1890 Players League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
652
Cleveland
.285
Boston
223
New York
1,393
New York
66
Boston
.376
New York
1,018
New York
.405
Philadelphia
113
Pittsburgh

1890 Players League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Buffalo
125
Chicago
3.39
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,216
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Brooklyn
26
Fewest Walks Allowed
Pittsburgh
334
Brooklyn
7
Pittsburgh
7
Chicago
460
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Did you know that seventeen percent of American Association and fifty-five percent of the National League players left their league to play in the Player's League?

On May 8, 1890, Willie McGill , who was only sixteen years old, of the Cleveland Infants pitched a 14-5 complete game victory versus the Buffalo Bisons.

On July 23, 1890, Harry Stovey hit his 100th career home run and became the first Major League player to reach that once magical plateau.

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