YEAR IN REVIEW : 1896 National League

Off the field...

The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece as young men and women converged from all over the world to compete in various sports and represent their country. Frenchman, Baron Pierre de Coubertin believed that international competitions between amateur athletes would help promote friendly relationships between people from different countries and he assembled seventy-nine delegates from twelve countries to attend the international congress for the re-establishment of the Olympic Games. The first competition held was the first heat of the 100m which was won by Francis Lane (USA), in a time of 12.5 sec. Unlike today, the original Olympic medals were all silver and only awarded to the top winner of an event.

In the National League...

On July 12 th , Ed Delahanty of the Philadelphia Phillies hit four inside-the-park homers (for seven RBIs) off Bill Terry of the Chicago Colts. Despite the standout performance, Delahanty and his teammates still fell 9-8.

The Baltimore Orioles (90-29), winners of three consecutive pennants, met the second-place Cleveland Spiders (80-48) for a classic rematch of the Temple Cup. The defending champion Spiders were swept the playoffs 7-1, 7-2, 6-2 and 5-0.

In December, Princeton University's Professor Charles E. Hinton introduced baseball's first automated pitching machine.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"A lefthanded line-drive hitter and clever bunter, his (Jesse Burkett) ability to foul pitches off was one of the reasons for the introduction of the rule making foul balls strikes." - Jack Kavanagh

1896 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
110
Cleveland
.410
Philadelphia
44
Cleveland
240
Philadelphia
13
Washington
New York
Boston
.477
Philadelphia
126
Cleveland
160
Philadelphia
.631
Baltimore
87
Cleveland
317
Louisville
21
New York

1896 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Pittsburgh
44
Cincinnati
2.45
Pittsburgh
52
Cleveland
3
Pittsburgh
5
Cleveland
Cleveland
140
Baltimore
.781
Pittsburgh
30
Boston

1896 National League

Team Standings

Baltimore Orioles 90 39 .698 0
Cleveland Spiders 80 48 .625
Cincinnati Reds 77 50 .606 12
Boston Beaneaters 74 57 .565 17
Chicago Colts 71 57 .555 18½
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 63 .512 24
New York Giants 64 67 .489 27
Philadelphia Phillies 62 68 .477 28½
Washington Senators 58 73 .443 33
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 58 73 .443 33
St. Louis Browns 40 90 .308 50½
Louisville Colonels 38 93 .290 53

1896 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Washington
516
Baltimore
.328
Philadelphia
234
Baltimore
1,548
Philadelphia
49
Baltimore
.393
Baltimore
995
Baltimore
.429
Baltimore
441
Baltimore
100

1896 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
118
Cleveland
3.46
Fewest Hits Allowed
Cincinnati
1,240
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Pittsburgh
18
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cleveland
280
Cleveland
5
Cincinnati
12
Pittsburgh
18
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On April 7, 1896, Pete Cassidy of the Louisville Colonels became the first active player to get an X-ray.

On April 16, 1896, the Philadelphia Phillies set the Opening Day attendance record for the 19th Century with 24,500 fans.

Jesse Burkett finished the 1896 season leading the National League with a .410 batting average. Did you know that he was the first player in history to hit .400 in back-to-back seasons?

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