YEAR IN REVIEW : 1898 National League

Off the field...

The Spanish-American War began after the U.S. Battleship Maine was sunk in Havana Harbor. The loss of the vessel was tremendous shock to the United States since it represented the state of the art of naval shipbuilding in the United States. "Remember the Maine" became the battle cry of the United States Military Forces in 1898 and on April 25 th , the U.S. formally declared war against Spain. Marines and other troops, including Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, helped defeat Spanish forces in the Americas and a treaty was signed in December that gave claims of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guam and the Philippines to the U.S.

In the National League...

On April 16 th , a crowd of approximately one-hundred people (out of four-thousand) was injured after a fire broke out (from a lit cigar) in the grandstands of Sportsman Park in St. Louis during a game between the Browns and visiting Chicago Orphans. In a half-hours time, the entire bleachers and left field stands were completely destroyed.

Pitcher Bill Duggleby of the Philadelphia Phillies, came to bat for the first time in his Major League career and hit a grand slam off the New York Giants. Although Bobby Bonds matched the feat during his first game in 1968, Duggleby still remains as the only player ever to accomplish it with a first at-bat.

On July 5 th , Lizzie Arlington became the first woman ever to play in an organized baseball game after pitching a single inning for Reading in the Eastern League. Atlantic League president Ed Barrow later hired her to participate in exhibition games around the country.

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"To him (Nap Lajoie), every play was easy, whether he glided to his left or right, or raced in to make a pickup and throw on a slow, tricky ground ball." - Sporting News 'Cooperstown: Where The Legends Live Forever'

1898 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Baltimore
112
Baltimore
.385
Philadelphia
43
Baltimore
216
Boston
15
Boston
.480
Philadelphia
127
Baltimore
143
Slugging Average
Brooklyn
.494
Washington
Brooklyn
Philadelphia
58
Boston
286
Brooklyn
22
Washington
Brooklyn

1898 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
42
Chicago
1.88
Boston
50
St. Louis
Boston
4
Philadelphia
5
Cleveland
New York
239
Boston
.765
Boston
31

1898 National League

Team Standings

Boston Beaneaters 102 47 .685 0
Baltimore Orioles 96 53 .644 6
Cincinnati Reds 92 60 .605 11½
Chicago Orphans 85 65 .567 17½
Cleveland Spiders 81 68 .544 21
Philadelphia Phillies 78 71 .523 24
New York Giants 77 73 .513 25½
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 76 .486 29½
Louisville Colonels 70 81 .464 33
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 54 91 .372 52½
Washington Senators 51 101 .336 52½
St. Louis Browns 39 111 .260 63½

1898 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Cleveland
545
Baltimore
.302
Philadelphia
238
Baltimore
1,584
Boston
53
Baltimore
.382
Baltimore
933
Boston
.377
Baltimore
250
Cincinnati
101

1898 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cleveland
142
Chicago
2.83
Fewest Hits Allowed
Boston
1,186
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Pittsburgh
14
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cleveland
309
Boston
8
Chicago
13
New York
558
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On April 22, 1898, Ted Breitenstein tossed a no-hit game versus Pittsburgh. In Baltimore, rookie Jay Hughes , in only his second start, no-hit Boston and this became the first time in Major League history when two no-hitters were tossed on the same date.

Did you know that this was the first season where official scorers were asked to award hits rather than errors on hard hit balls judged difficult to handle? Do you think this should have been done? Is it done correctly today? Share your thoughts with fans on our message board .

On July 9, 1898, Cleveland played a game at home. On August 26, 1898, Cleveland played their final game of the season at home. In between those dates the club only had two additional games at home and were often referred to as the Cleveland 'Nomads' or 'Wanderers' during the season.

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