YEAR IN REVIEW : 1892 National League

Off the field...

Owner Andrew Carnegie and plant manager Henry Clay Frick decided to break the steelworkers union at the Carnegie Steel Company plant in Homestead, Pennsylvania. Without warning, they locked out the steelworkers and hired three-hundred armed guards from the Pinkerton National Detective Agency to protect the non-union strikebreakers. When the Pinkertons arrived on barges, armed steelworkers attacked and defeated them in a bloody battle. Later, the state militia was called in to support Carnegie and ended both the labor conflict and the union.

In the National League...

Wilbert Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles set a Major League record after tallying seven hits in seven at-bats as his team topped the St. Louis Browns 25-4. Robinson also set a second record after driving in eleven runs with six singles and a double.

Due to the expanded number of teams, the season was split into two sections with the first concluding on July 15 th and the second ending in October. The schedule consisted of 140-154 games with the addition of Sunday baseball, which was allowed for the first time in the National League.

The Boston Beaneaters defeated the Cleveland Spiders for the World Championship title. Team president Arthur Soden divided the $1000 purse between his thirteen players with each receiving $76.92 (or $12.82 per game).

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I ran like blazes down to first, And the crowd began to yell: Slide, Kelly, Slide!" - George Gaskin

1892 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
136
Brooklyn
.335
Philadelphia
37
Brooklyn
197
Cincinnati
13
Cleveland
.443
Brooklyn
124
Cleveland
136
Philadelphia
.495
Brooklyn
88
Brooklyn
282
Philadelphia
21

1892 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
67
Cleveland
1.93
Chicago
75
Philadelphia
3
Cleveland
9
Chicago
312
Cleveland
.750
Chicago
36
Cleveland

1892 National League

Team Standings

Boston Beaneaters (a) 52 22 .703 +2½
(b) 50 26 .658 3
Final 102 48 .680 +8½
Cleveland Spiders (a) 40 33 .548 16½
(b) 53 23 .697 +3
Final 93 56 .624
Brooklyn Bridegrooms (a) 51 26 .662
(b) 44 33 .571
Final 95 59 .617 9
Philadelphia Phillies (a) 46 30 .605 7
(b) 41 36 .532 12½
Final 87 66 .569 16½
Cincinnati Reds (a) 44 31 .587
(b) 38 37 .507 14½
Final 82 68 .547 20
Pittsburgh Pirates (a) 37 39 .487 16
(b) 43 34 .558 10½
Final 80 73 .523 23½
Chicago Colts (a) 31 39 .443 19
(b) 39 37 .513 14
Final 70 76 .479 30
New York Giants (a) 31 43 .419 21
(b) 40 37 .519 13½
Final 71 80 .470 31½
Louisville Colonels (a) 30 47 .390 23½
(b) 33 42 .440 19½
Final 63 89 .414 40
Washington Senators (a) 35 41 .461 18
(b) 23 52 .307 24½
Final 58 93 .384 44½
St. Louis Browns (a) 31 42 .425 20½
(b) 25 52 .325 28½
Final 56 94 .373 46
Baltimore Orioles (a) 20 55 .267 32½
(b) 26 46 .361 25
Final 46 101 .313 54½

1892 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Brooklyn
629
Brooklyn
.262
Philadelphia
225
Brooklyn
1,439
Philadelphia
50
Brooklyn
.344
Brooklyn
935
Philadelphia
.367
Brooklyn
409
Baltimore
111

1892 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Louisville
147
Cleveland
2.41
Fewest Hits Allowed
Boston
1,156
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Philadelphia
24
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cleveland
413
Brooklyn
5
Philadelphia
Boston
15
New York
650
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King Kelly , who was famous for his one-liners, was asked during the season if he ever drank (alcohol) while playing to which he replied, "Depends on the length of the game!"

Why did we choose a line from the "Slide, Kelly, Slide" song for our page introduction? Because on the 9th of January it became the first baseball related song to appear on the music charts.

On June 6, 1892, President Benjamin Harrision watched Cincinnati defeat Washington 7-4. This was the first time in history where a U.S. President attended a Major League baseball game.

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