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Pittsburgh Burghers

 

Pittsburgh Burghers

Pittsburgh Burghers
League Players' League
Location Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Ballpark Exposition Park
Year founded 1890
Year disbanded 1890
League championships 0
Colors

Navy blue, white

         
Manager Ned Hanlon

The Pittsburgh Burghers were a baseball team in the Players' League, a short-lived Major League that existed only for the 1890 season. The team included a number of players who had jumped from the National League's Pittsburgh Alleghenys (now the Pittsburgh Pirates), including Hall of Famers Pud Galvin, Ned Hanlon, and Jake Beckley. Hanlon served as the team's Manager. Meanwhile, John Tener, who would go on to represent Pittsburgh in the United States Congress and be elected the 25th Governor of Pennsylvania, finished his pitching career with the Burghers in 1890. Later Tener would become the president of the National League, and a director of the Philadelphia Phillies.

In its only season, the Burghers finished in 6th place with a 60-68 record. Hall Of Fame first baseman Jake Beckley was a powerhouse slugger for the Burghers. He hit .324 with 10 home runs and 120 RBIs. In addition, he led the PL by hitting 22 triples. But even Beckley's fine work could not overcome the weak hitting of the Pittsburgh team in general. The Burghers finished tied for the worst batting average in the loop with a .260 mark. The team played at the Alleghenies' former home, Exposition Park. The stadium and the team was located in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which was not incorporated into the city of Pittsburgh until 1907. The area is currently known today as the North Side of Pittsburgh, and the site of Exposition Park was later used for Three Rivers Stadium.

In an indirect way, it can be argued that the Burghers, alone among the old Players' League franchises, still exist today. Nearly all of the Alleghenys' stars had jumped to the upstart league. The remains of the Alleghenys made a wretched showing, finishing with what is still the worst record in franchise history (and the second-worst in National League history). The resulting drain on attendance led Alleghenys owner

See also

References

  1. ^ Purdy, Dennis (2006). The Team-by-Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball.  

External links

  • Baseball Reference
  • Was there a baseball field that the Pittsburgh Pirates played in before Forbes Field in Oakland? -Pittsburgh City Paper June 12, 2008
  • Baseball In Pennsylvania Chapter One: Baseball in Pittsburgh -ExplorePAHistory.com
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