YEAR IN REVIEW : 1891 National League

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

"He is a baseball Edison. He eats base ball, breathes base ball, thinks base ball, and incorporates base ball in his prayers." - Cincinnati Enquirer

1891 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Philadelphia
102
Philadelphia
.340
Brooklyn
36
Philadelphia
179
Boston
16
New York
Philadelphia
.453
Chicago
120
Philadelphia
141
Boston
.498
Philadelphia
111
Boston
.271
Boston
20

1891 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
56
New York
2.37
Chicago
66
Boston
3
New York
6
New York
337
New York
.724
Chicago
44

1891 National League

Team Standings

Boston Beaneaters 87 51 .630 0
Chicago Colts 82 53 .607
New York Giants 71 61 .538 13
Philadelphia Phillies 68 69 .496 18½
Cleveland Spiders 65 74 .468 22½
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 61 76 .455 25½
Cincinnati Reds 56 81 .409 30½
Pittsburgh Pirates 55 80 .407 30½

1891 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
533
New York
.263
Brooklyn
200
Cleveland
1,295
Chicago
60
Boston
.337
Boston
847
New York
.360
Brooklyn
337
Cincinnati
90

1891 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
126
Boston
2.76
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,098
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Cleveland
24
Fewest Walks Allowed
Boston
364
Boston
6
New York
11
New York
651
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baseball almanac fast facts

On May 1, 1891, League Park opened in Cleveland. On the mound for the Spiders was Cy Young who defeated the Reds 12-3.

On August 25, 1891, the "peace agreement" was broken when the Boston Beaneaters signed crosstown Boston Red Stockings star player and future hall of famer King Kelly .

Do players steal more bases today then fifty years ago? How about one-hundred years ago? Discuss history on our message board and share with them the fact that Billy Hamilton stole more than one-hundred bases for three consecutive seasons over a century ago.

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