Year In Review : 1891 National League

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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.

I n 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.

I n 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.

"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

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

102

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.340

Doubles

Brooklyn

36

Hits

Philadelphia

179

Home Runs

Boston

16

New York

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.453

RBI

Chicago

120

Runs

Philadelphia

141

Slugging Average

Boston

.498

Stolen Bases

Philadelphia

111

Total Bases

Boston

.271

Triples

Boston

20

1891 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

56

ERA

New York

2.37

Games

Chicago

66

Saves

Boston

3

Shutouts

New York

6

Strikeouts

New York

337

Winning Percentage

New York

.724

Wins

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

Base on Balls

Boston

533

Batting Average

New York

.263

Doubles

Brooklyn

200

Hits

Cleveland

1,295

Home Runs

Chicago

60

On Base Percentage

Boston

.337

Runs

Boston

847

Slugging Average

New York

.360

Stolen Bases

Brooklyn

337

Triples

Cincinnati

90

1891 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

126

ERA

Boston

2.76

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,098

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cleveland

24

Fewest Walks Allowed

Boston

364

Saves

Boston

6

Shutouts

New York

11

Strikeouts

New York

651



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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