Year In Review : 1898 National League

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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.

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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.

"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

Base on Balls

Baltimore

112

Batting Average

Baltimore

.385

Doubles

Philadelphia

43

Hits

Baltimore

216

Home Runs

Boston

15

On Base Percentage

Boston

.480

RBI

Philadelphia

127

Runs

Baltimore

143

Slugging Average

Brooklyn

.494

Washington

Brooklyn

Stolen Bases

Philadelphia

58

Total Bases

Boston

286

Triples

Brooklyn

22

Washington

Brooklyn

1898 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

St. Louis

42

ERA

Chicago

1.88

Games

Boston

50

St. Louis

Saves

Boston

4

Shutouts

Philadelphia

5

Cleveland

Strikeouts

New York

239

Winning Percentage

Boston

.765

Wins

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

Base on Balls

Cleveland

545

Batting Average

Baltimore

.302

Doubles

Philadelphia

238

Hits

Baltimore

1,584

Home Runs

Boston

53

On Base Percentage

Baltimore

.382

Runs

Baltimore

933

Slugging Average

Boston

.377

Stolen Bases

Baltimore

250

Triples

Cincinnati

101

1898 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Cleveland

142

ERA

Chicago

2.83

Fewest Hits Allowed

Boston

1,186

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Pittsburgh

14

Fewest Walks Allowed

Cleveland

309

Saves

Boston

8

Shutouts

Chicago

13

Strikeouts

New York

558



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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