Year In Review : 1896 National League

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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.

I n 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.

"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

Base on Balls

Boston

110

Batting Average

Cleveland

.410

Doubles

Philadelphia

44

Hits

Cleveland

240

Home Runs

Philadelphia

13

Washington

New York

On Base Percentage

Boston

.477

RBI

Philadelphia

126

Runs

Cleveland

160

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.631

Stolen Bases

Baltimore

87

Total Bases

Cleveland

317

Triples

Louisville

21

New York

1896 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Pittsburgh

44

ERA

Cincinnati

2.45

Games

Pittsburgh

52

Saves

Cleveland

3

Shutouts

Pittsburgh

5

Cleveland

Strikeouts

Cleveland

140

Winning Percentage

Baltimore

.781

Wins

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

Base on Balls

Washington

516

Batting Average

Baltimore

.328

Doubles

Philadelphia

234

Hits

Baltimore

1,548

Home Runs

Philadelphia

49

On Base Percentage

Baltimore

.393

Runs

Baltimore

995

Slugging Average

Baltimore

.429

Stolen Bases

Baltimore

441

Triples

Baltimore

100

1896 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

118

ERA

Cleveland

3.46

Fewest Hits Allowed

Cincinnati

1,240

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Pittsburgh

18

Fewest Walks Allowed

Cleveland

280

Saves

Cleveland

5

Shutouts

Cincinnati

12

Strikeouts

Pittsburgh

18



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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