YEAR IN REVIEW : 1893 National League

Off the field...

A group of unemployed American workers nicknamed "Coxey's Army" marched on Washington D.C. to protest the unemployment caused by the "Panic of 1893" and to lobby for the government to create jobs building roads and other public works improvements. Led by the populist reformer Jacob Coxey, it was the first significant popular protest at the capital city in U.S. history, and spawned the expression "Enough food to feed an Army".

In the National League...

The National League owners established a new post-season contest for a best-of-seven playoff series known as the Temple Cup (named after Pittsburgh Pirates president Chase Temple). It was determined that the winning team would be awarded a two-foot tall silver cup valued at $800 dollars after winning the series a minimum of three times.

The pitcher's mound was moved to sixty feet, (plus six inches after an error on the handwritten instructions) in response to the alleged speed of Amos Rusie "The Hoosier Thunderbolt". A distance of ninety-three feet between the bases was also proposed along with a 12x4 inch slab of rubber to replace the pitcher's box.

On August 16 th , Bill Hawk of the Baltimore Orioles became the first pitcher ever to toss a no-hitter (over the Washington Senators) from the new sixty foot-six inch mound distance.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Base ball is business now and I am trying to arrange our games to make them successful and make them pay, irrespective of my feelings, and to the best of my ability." - Harry Wright

1893 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
121
Boston
.363
Philadelphia
37
Philadelphia
222
Philadelphia
19
Philadelphia
.490
Philadelphia
146
Boston
149
Philadelphia
.583
Louisville
66
Philadelphia
347
St. Louis
29

1893 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
50
St. Louis
3.18
New York
56
Saves
New York
2
Pittsburgh
Chicago
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Baltimore
Pittsburgh
4
New York
New York
208
Pittsburgh
.750
Boston
Pittsburgh
36

1893 National League

Team Standings

Boston Beaneaters 86 43 .667 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 81 48 .628 5
Cleveland Spiders 73 55 .570 12½
Philadelphia Phillies 72 57 .558 14
New York Giants 68 64 .515 19½
Cincinnati Reds 65 63 .508 20½
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 65 63 .508 20½
Baltimore Orioles 60 70 .462 26½
Chicago Colts 56 71 .441 29
St. Louis Browns 57 75 .432 30½
Louisville Colonels 50 75 .400 34
Washington Senators 40 89 .310 46

1893 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
561
Philadelphia
.301
Philadelphia
246
Philadelphia
1,553
Philadelphia
80
Pittsburgh
.377
Philadelphia
1,011
Philadelphia
.431
New York
299
Pittsburgh
127

1893 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
114
St. Louis
St. Louis
4.06
Fewest Hits Allowed
Pittsburgh
1,232
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Chicago
26
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cleveland
356
Chicago
5
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh
8
New York
395
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On June 14, 1893, George Davis of the Giants became the first player to hit a triple and a home run during the same inning.

On August 7, 1893, future hall of famer and thirteen year veteran Roger Connor , who was a left handed hitter, switched to the other side of the plate for the first time in his Major League career and hit two home runs and a single.

Did you know that after the season was over Harry Wright suggested a rule change where the umpires would keep the ball and strike count to themselves? He felt this would increase offense and make the games more profitable.

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