YEAR IN REVIEW : 1891 American Association

Off the field...

America's most famous concert venue; Carnegie Hall opened in New York with guest conductor Peter Illich Tchaikovsky on the podium. Inside, the elegant and breathtaking 2,800-seat auditorium still remains as one of the worlds finest. For over one-hundred years, the hall has attracted the world's leading orchestras and solo or group performers including Bernstein, Ellington, Fitzgerald, Garland, Sinatra, Dylan, and the Beatles among thousands of others.

In the National League...

At twenty years old, Amos Rusie of the New York Giants became the youngest pitcher ever to toss a no-hitter after blanking the Brooklyn Trolley-Dodgers 6-0 on July 31 st .

The Boston Beaneaters won the National League Pennant, while their cross-town rival Reds took the American Association title. For undisclosed reasons, the National League champs declined an invitation for a playoff resulting in no baseball Championship for the first time since 1883.

In the American Association...

Shortstop John J. McGraw debuted for the Baltimore Orioles on August 26 th as the "Blackbirds" defeated the Columbus Buckeyes 6-5.

Ted Breitenstein of the St. Louis Browns became the first pitcher ever to debut with a no-hitter after shutting out the Louisville Colonels 8-0 on October 4 th .

The American Associated folded in December leaving the Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels and Washington Senators to be absorbed into the National League the following season.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I found it (being deaf since birth) no handicap. I could feel the tiniest foul tip and when on the bases I had my own secret way of knowing when a batter made a foul tip. The yelling of the opposition was useless as far as I was concerned." - Dummy Hoy

1891 American Association Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
119
Boston
.350
Philadelphia
35
Boston
189
Boston
12
Boston
.471
Boston
110
Boston
Boston
177
Boston
.512
Boston
276
Boston
21

1891 American Association Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Baltimore
53
Cincinnati
2.45
St. Louis
64
Boston
2
Boston
Boston
5
Columbus
Baltimore
St. Louis
259
Boston
.763
Baltimore
35

1891 American Association

Team Standings

Boston Red Stockings 93 42 4 .689 0
St. Louis Browns 85 51 3 .623
Milwaukee Brewers 21 15 0 .583 22½
Baltimore Orioles 71 64 4 .526 22
Philadelphia Athletics 73 66 4 .525 22
Columbus Colts 61 76 1 .445 33
Cincinnati Porkers 43 57 2 .430 32½
Louisville Colonels 54 83 2 .396 40
Washington Senators 44 91 4 .326 49

1891 American Association Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
651
Boston
.274
Philadelphia
182
Boston
1,341
St. Louis
58
Boston
.367
Boston
1,028
Boston
.380
Philadelphia
123

1891 American Association Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Philadelphia
135
Boston
3.03
Fewest Hits Allowed
St. Louis
1,106
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Columbus
29
Fewest Walks Allowed
Louisville
464
Boston
7
Boston
9
Louisville
St. Louis
621
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On August 17, 1891 the Cincinnati Porkers disbanded after their one-hundred second game enabling the Western League Milwaukee Brewers to be "brought-up" to take their place.

Did you know that the first Major League baseball game ever played in Minnesota featured the American Association Milwaukee Brewers defeating the Columbus Colts 5-0 in Athletic Park. on October 2, 1891?

The final American Association season ended with a BANG when the St. Louis Browns allowed Ted Breitenstein to pitch his first ever Major League game on the final day of the season (October 4, 1891). The rookie hurler did not disappoint as he came within one walk of a perfect game and ended with an 8-0 no-hitter versus the defending champion Louisville Colonels.

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