YEAR IN REVIEW : 1894 National League

Off the field...

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.

In the National League...

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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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

Philadelphia
126
Boston
.440
Boston
51
Boston
237
Boston
18
Philadelphia
.523
Boston
145
Philadelphia
192
Boston
.694
Philadelphia
98
Boston
374
Baltimore
31

1894 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
46
New York
2.78
St. Louis
56
Baltimore
4
Cleveland
Cleveland
3
Boston
New York
New York
195
New York
.786
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

Washington
617
Philadelphia
.349
Boston
272
Philadelphia
1,732
Boston
103
Baltimore
.418
Boston
1,220
Boston
.484
Chicago
327
Baltimore
150

1894 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
117
New York
3.83
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,292
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Baltimore
31
Fewest Walks Allowed
Boston
411
Baltimore
11
Cleveland
6
New York
395
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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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