YEAR IN REVIEW : 1895 National League

Off the field...

English novelist, journalist, sociologist, and historian H.G. Wells published his first novel, "The Time Machine", a parody of English class division and a satirical warning that human progress was not inevitable. In the story, the "Time Traveler" landed in the year 802701 to find two types of people: the Eloi, a weak species, who lived above ground, and the Morlocks, a carnivorous group of creatures that lived below. Much of the realism of the story was achieved by carefully studied technical details and was based on the basic principles regarding time as the fourth dimension.

In the National League...

Before a game with the visiting Cleveland Spiders, the entire Chicago Colts team was arrested for "inciting, aiding and abetting the forming of a noisy crowd on a Sunday". Reverend W.W. Clark and the "Sunday Observance League" had protested the concept of baseball on Sunday and instigated the police action. After owner Jim Hart posted bail, 10,000 fans remained to watch the "wanted men" beat the visitors 13-4.

On February 6 th , George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born in Baltimore, Maryland.

In the Temple Cup (prelude to the World Series) the Baltimore Orioles (87-43) met the Cleveland Spiders (84-46) with the Spiders winning the title in five games thanks to the arm of an "up-and-comer" named Cy Young.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Zane Grey is renowned for his thrilling plots, his unforgettable gunmen and his incomparably satisfying action. But there are deeper and more abiding reasons to read this master storyteller." - Marian Kester Coombs

1895 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Philadelphia
96
Washington
Cleveland
.409
Philadelphia
49
Cleveland
225
Philadelphia
18
Philadelphia
.500
Philadelphia
165
Philadelphia
166
Philadelphia
.654
Philadelphia
97
Philadelphia
352
Washington
22

1895 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
46
Washington
2.45
Pittsburgh
56
Philadelphia
3
Boston
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh
4
Baltimore
Baltimore
New York
Cleveland
New York
201
Baltimore
.838
Cleveland
35

1895 National League

Team Standings

Baltimore Orioles 87 43 2 .669 0
Cleveland Spiders 84 46 1 .646 3
Philadelphia Phillies 78 53 2 .595
Chicago Colts 72 58 3 .554 15
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 71 60 2 .542 16½
Boston Beaneaters 71 60 1 .542 16½
Pittsburgh Pirates 71 61 3 .538 17
Cincinnati Reds 66 64 2 .508 21
New York Giants 66 65 1 .504 21½
Washington Senators 43 85 4 .336 43
St. Louis Browns 39 92 5 .298 48½
Louisville Colonels 35 96 2 .267 52½

1895 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Washington
518
Philadelphia
.330
Philadelphia
272
Philadelphia
1,664
Philadelphia
61
Philadelphia
.394
Philadelphia
1,068
Philadelphia
.450
Cincinnati
326
Cincinnati
105

1895 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
119
Baltimore
3.80
Fewest Hits Allowed
Baltimore
1,216
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Pittsburgh
17
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cleveland
346
Philadelphia
7
Baltimore
10
New York
409
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Why did we choose a quotation about author Zane Grey? On the 15th of June, he appeared in his first Minor League ballgame. His baseball career would be short lived, but the novelist would go on to write more than ninety-books and have more than one-hundred films made from his classics.

Most fans know that the rules state the home team must supply baseballs for the game. However, did you know that on May 23, 1895, Louisville forfeited a game to Brooklyn because they ran out of baseballs?

On June 3, 1895, Roger Connor hit his one-hundred twenty-second career home run. This historic shot passed Harry Stovey and made Connor the all-time home run king of the nineteenth century.

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