1898 Season News

On April 16th, 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.

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. The entire USS Maine Baseball Team was killed save one in February, 1898.
1898 National League
Team Record PCT
Boston Beaneaters 102-47 .685
Baltimore Orioles 96-53 .644
Cincinnati Reds 92-60 .605
Chicago Orphans 85-65 .567
Cleveland Spiders 81-68 .544
Philadelphia Phillies 78-71 .523
New York Giants 77-73 .513
Pittsburgh Pirates 72-76 .486
Louisville Colonels 70-81 .464
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 54-91 .372
Washington Senators 51-101 .336
St. Louis Browns 39-111 .260
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Boston Beaneaters 102 47 0.685 872 5.85 614 4.12 53 37 2.98 470 432 0.951 n/a
Baltimore Orioles 96 53 0.644 933 6.26 623 4.18 12 17 2.90 400 422 0.947 n/a
Cincinnati Reds 92 60 0.605 831 5.47 740 4.87 19 16 3.50 449 294 0.950 n/a
Chicago Orphans 85 65 0.567 828 5.52 679 4.53 18 17 2.83 364 323 0.936 n/a
Cleveland Spiders 81 68 0.544 730 4.90 683 4.58 18 26 3.20 309 339 0.952 n/a
Philadelphia Phillies 78 71 0.523 823 5.52 784 5.26 33 23 3.72 399 325 0.937 n/a
New York Giants 77 73 0.513 837 5.58 800 5.33 34 21 3.44 587 558 0.932 n/a
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 76 0.486 634 4.28 694 4.69 14 14 3.41 346 330 0.946 n/a
Louisville Colonels 70 81 0.464 728 4.82 833 5.52 32 33 4.24 470 271 0.939 n/a
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 54 91 0.372 638 4.40 811 5.59 17 34 4.01 476 294 0.947 n/a
Washington Senators 51 101 0.336 704 4.63 939 6.18 36 29 4.52 450 371 0.929 n/a
St. Louis Browns 39 111 0.260 571 3.81 929 6.19 13 32 4.53 372 288 0.939 n/a