Year In Review : 1894 National League

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Thomas Edison’s corporation established the first motion-picture studio, featuring his newest invention, "The Kinetograph". Soon after, the first peephole Kinetoscope parlor opened at 1155 Broadway in New York City where spectators could watch Edison’s short films for 25¢. A few years later, people watched movies in theaters on big movie screens using a modern projector approach. To this day, the motion picture is still considered one of Edison’s top three contributions to society along with his electric light system and the phonograph.

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On May 30 th , Boston Beaneater Bob Lowe became the first player ever to hit four home runs in a single game. All four were hit over the wall off Cincinnati’s Elton Chamberlain as Boston went on to a 20-11 victory. Teammate Hugh Duffy capped off a phenomenal season (under modern rules) after posting a .440 batting average, a .690 slugging average, eighteen home runs, one-hundred forty-five runs batted in, fifteen triples and fifty-one doubles. Unfortunately his team finished in third place behind the Baltimore Orioles and New York Giants.

In a game between Princeton and Yale, George Case and Dutch Carter invented the squeeze play eight years before it debuted in the major leagues.

The Philadelphia Phillies outfield finished the season with a cumulative .400 batting average – the best ever from a single team. Sam Thompson hit .404, Ed Delahanty posted an even .400 and Billy Hamilton followed close behind with a .399. The next best outfield came from the Detroit Tigers in 1925 who combined for a .380 average.

"If he (Charlie Bennett) felt the punishment, he took it as stoically as an Indian warrior." - Part of eulogy at Charlie Bennett's funeral in 1927
1894 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

126

Batting Average

Boston

.440

Doubles

Boston

51

Hits

Boston

237

Home Runs

Boston

18

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.523

RBI

Boston

145

Runs

Philadelphia

192

Slugging Average

Boston

.694

Stolen Bases

Philadelphia

98

Total Bases

Boston

374

Triples

Baltimore

31

1894 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

St. Louis

46

ERA

New York

2.78

Games

St. Louis

56

Saves

Baltimore

4

Cleveland

Shutouts

Cleveland

3

Boston

New York

Strikeouts

New York

195

Winning Percentage

New York

.786

Wins

New York

36

1894 National League

Team Standings

Baltimore Orioles

89 39 .695 0

New York Giants

88 44 .667 3

Boston Beaneaters

83 49 .629 8

Philadelphia Phillies

71 57 .555 18

Brooklyn Bridegrooms

70 61 .534 20½

Cleveland Spiders

68 61 .527 21½

Pittsburgh Pirates

65 65 .500 25

Chicago Colts

57 75 .432 34

St. Louis Browns

56 76 .424 35

Cincinnati Reds

55 75 .423 35

Washington Senators

45 87 .341 46

Louisville Colonels

36 94 .277 54

1894 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Washington

617

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.349

Doubles

Boston

272

Hits

Philadelphia

1,732

Home Runs

Boston

103

On Base Percentage

Baltimore

.418

Runs

Boston

1,220

Slugging Average

Boston

.484

Stolen Bases

Chicago

327

Triples

Baltimore

150

1894 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

117

ERA

New York

3.83

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,292

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Baltimore

31

Fewest Walks Allowed

Boston

411

Saves

Baltimore

11

Shutouts

Cleveland

6

Strikeouts

New York

395



Why did Baseball Almanac choose a Charlie Bennett quote? On the 9th of January, Bennett slipped while boarding a train in Kansas and the veteran catcher had his left foot cut off and his right leg was crushed. During the 1894 season , the city of Detroit renamed their ballpark Bennett Park in his honor.

On May 30, 1894 , Bobby Lowe of Boston became the first Major League player to hit four home runs during one game of play.

On August 6, 1894, Jimmy Bannon hit a grand slam. On August 7, 1894, Bannon hit another grand slam and became the first player to ever hit grand slams during consecutive games.

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