Year In Review : 1899 National League

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When their demand that only union men be employed was refused, members of the Western Federation of Miners dynamited the $250,000 mill of the Bunker Hill Company at Wardner, Idaho, destroying it completely. President William S. McKinley responded by sending in hundreds of black soldiers from Brownsville, Texas with orders to round up the thousands of miners and confine them in specially built cages called "bullpens".

I n the National League

The largest baseball crowd ever to date (24,000+) turned out at the West Side Grounds to watch the Chicago Orphans play the visiting St. Louis Perfectos. The home team Orphans won the contest 4-0 despite a poor showing by pitcher James Callahan who allowed twelve hits.

A motion to change the name of the Western League to the American League was successfully introduced by W.F.C. Golt of Indianapolis.

On October 8 th , three teams played in a single double header at Chicago. Game one pitted the hometown Orphans against the Cleveland Spiders as Jake Taylor tossed his first shut out and thirty-ninth complete game of the season en route to a 13-0 Chicago victory. Game two matched the winners against the Louisville Colonels and ended with another 7-3 Chicago decision, after the game was called due to darkness after only five innings.

"A lovely shade of cardinal." - Anonymous woman describing the new St. Louis uniforms which was overheard by William McHale of the St. Louis Republic
1899 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Baltimore

124

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.410

Doubles

Philadelphia

55

Hits

Philadelphia

238

Home Runs

Washington

25

On Base Percentage

Baltimore

.547

RBI

Philadelphia

137

Runs

Brooklyn

140

Baltimore

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.582

Stolen Bases

Baltimore

77

Total Bases

Philadelphia

338

Triples

Pittsburgh

27

1899 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

40

St. Louis

St. Louis

ERA

Boston

2.50

Games

Pittsburgh

51

Saves

Pittsburgh

3

Shutouts

Boston

5

Strikeouts

Cincinnati

145

Winning Percentage

Brooklyn

.850

Wins

Brooklyn

28

Baltimore

1899 National League

Team Standings

Brooklyn Superbas

101 47 2 .682 0

Boston Beaneaters

95 57 1 .625 8

Philadelphia Phillies

94 58 2 .618 9

Baltimore Orioles

86 62 4 .581 15

St. Louis Perfectos

84 67 4 .556 18½

Cincinnati Reds

83 67 7 .553 19

Pittsburgh Pirates

76 73 5 .510 25½

Chicago Orphans

75 73 4 .507 26

Louisville Colonels

75 77 3 .493 28

New York Giants

60 90 3 .400 42

Washington Senators

54 98 3 .355 49

Cleveland Spiders

20 134 0 .130 84

1899 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Cincinnati

485

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.301

Doubles

Philadelphia

241

Hits

Philadelphia

1,613

Home Runs

St. Louis

47

On Base Percentage

Brooklyn

.368

Runs

Philadelphia

916

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.395

Stolen Bases

Baltimore

364

Triples

Pittsburgh

121

1899 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

147

ERA

Brooklyn

3.25

Fewest Hits Allowed

Boston

1,273

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Baltimore

13

Fewest Walks Allowed

St. Louis

321

Saves

Brooklyn

9

Shutouts

Philadelphia

15

Strikeouts

New York

397



On April 30, 1899, the largest crowd to date watched the Chicago Orphans defeat the St. Louis Perfectos 4-0. The fans, 27,849 in total, watched from the outfield and balls hit into the crowd were counted as singles.

On September 27, 1899, Jay Parker of Pittsburgh made his Major League debut on the mound and issued two base on balls. He was relieved and both runs scored. Parker never appeared in another Major League game and his lifetime earned run average is technically infinite.

Future legends born during this season? Earle Combs on the 14th of May, Kiki Cuyler on the 30th of August, Waite Hoyt on the 9th of September, Pie Traynor on the 11th of November, and Jocko Conlan on the 6th of December.

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