1896 Season News

On July 12th, Ed Delahanty of the Philadelphia Phillies hit four inside-the-park homers (for seven RBIs) off Bill Terry of the Chicago Colts. Despite the standout performance, Delahanty and his teammates still fell 9-8.

On April 16, 1896, the Philadelphia Phillies set the Opening Day attendance record for the 19th Century with 24,500 fans.

In December, Princeton University’s Professor Charles E. Hinton introduced baseball’s first automated pitching machine.
1896 National League
Team Record PCT
Baltimore Orioles 90-39 .698
Cleveland Spiders 80-48 .625
Cincinnati Reds 70-50 .606
Boston Beaneaters 74-57 .565
Chicago Colts 71-57 .555
Pittsburgh Pirates 66-63 .512
New York Giants 64-67 .489
Philadelphia Phillies 62-68 .477
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 58-73 .443
Washington Senators 58-73 .443
St. Louis Browns 40-90 .308
Louisville Colonels 38-93 .290
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Baltimore Orioles 90 39 0.698 995 7.71 662 5.13 23 22 3.67 339 302 0.945 n/a
Cleveland Spiders 80 48 0.625 840 6.56 650 5.08 28 27 3.46 280 336 0.950 n/a
Cincinnati Reds 77 50 0.606 783 6.17 620 4.88 20 27 3.67 310 219 0.951 n/a
Boston Beaneaters 74 57 0.565 860 6.56 761 5.81 36 57 3.78 397 277 0.934 n/a
Chicago Colts 71 57 0.555 815 6.37 799 6.24 34 30 4.41 467 353 0.933 n/a
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 63 0.512 787 6.10 741 5.74 27 18 4.30 439 362 0.941 n/a
New York Giants 64 67 0.489 829 6.33 821 6.27 40 33 4.54 403 312 0.933 n/a
Philadelphia Phillies 62 68 0.477 890 6.85 891 6.85 49 39 5.20 387 243 0.941 n/a
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 58 73 0.443 692 5.28 764 5.83 28 39 4.25 400 259 0.945 n/a
Washington Senators 58 73 0.443 818 6.24 920 7.02 45 24 4.61 435 292 0.927 n/a
St. Louis Browns 40 90 0.308 593 4.56 929 7.15 37 40 5.33 456 279 0.936 n/a
Louisville Colonels 38 93 0.290 653 4.98 997 7.61 37 48 5.12 541 288 0.916 n/a