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1890 Louisville Colonels season

The 1890 Louisville Colonels baseball team finished with an 88–44 record and won the American Association championship. The previous season, the Colonels had lost 111 games, the most any team in the major leagues had lost up to that point (the record was broken during the 1890 season by the Pittsburg Alleghenys, who lost 113 games). This "worst to first" transformation was accomplished partly because of new ownership led by Barney Dreyfuss. Competition was also diminished due to the advent of the Players' League and a couple of the best AA teams jumping to the National League.

After the season, Louisville played the NL champions, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, in the 1890 World Series. The Bridegrooms were one of the teams that had jumped to the NL, and had been the champions of the AA in 1889. The World Series wound up in a 3–3–1 tie.

Regular season

Season standings

Opening Day lineup

Roster

1890 Louisville Colonels
Roster
Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders Outfielders Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Ryan, JackJack Ryan 93 337 73 .217 0 35
1B Taylor, HarryHarry Taylor 134 553 169 .306 0 53
2B Shinnick, TimTim Shinnick 133 493 126 .256 1 82
3B Raymond, HarryHarry Raymond 123 521 135 .259 2 51
SS Tomney, PhilPhil Tomney 108 386 107 .277 1 58
OF Hamburg, CharlieCharlie Hamburg 133 485 132 .272 3 77
OF Weaver, FarmerFarmer Weaver 130 557 161 .289 3 67
OF Wolf, JimmyJimmy Wolf 134 543 197 .363 4 98

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Weckbecker, PetePete Weckbecker 32 101 24 .238 0 11
Bligh, NedNed Bligh 24 73 15 .205 1 9
Phelan, DanDan Phelan 8 32 8 .250 0 4
O'Connor, DanDan O'Connor 6 26 12 .462 0 5
Easterday, HenryHenry Easterday 7 24 2 .083 0 1
Roseman, ChiefChief Roseman 2 8 2 .250 0 0
Sweeney, PetePete Sweeney 2 7 1 .143 0 1

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L SV ERA SO
Stratton, ScottScott Stratton 50 49 431 34 14 0 2.36 207
Ehret, RedRed Ehret 43 38 359 25 14 2 2.53 174
Meakim, GeorgeGeorge Meakim 28 21 192 12 7 1 2.91 123
Goodall, HerbHerb Goodall 18 13 109 8 5 4 3.39 46
Daily, EdEd Daily 12 10 93 6 3 0 1.94 31
Jones, MikeMike Jones 3 3 22 2 0 0 3.27 6

1890 World Series

Main article: 1890 World Series

Louisville, champions of the American Association, played the National League champions, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in the 1890 World Series. The series pitted the two most recent American Association champions against each other.

The series winner was to be the first to win four games. Brooklyn started strong, winning the first two games in Louisville, with game 3 called after eight innings with the score tied. Louisville salvaged the fourth game, which was the last one played in Louisville. After Brooklyn won the first game at home to take a 3-1 lead, Louisville came back to win two straight. However, bad weather forced any remaining games to be canceled, with the plan that a deciding game would be played before the 1891 season began. However, due to inter-league disputes, that never occurred, and the series officially ended in a 3-3-1 tie.

References

  • 1890 Louisville Colonels team page at Baseball Reference
Preceded by
Brooklyn Bridegrooms
1889
American Association Championship Season
1890
Succeeded by
Boston Reds
1891


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