|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.
|National League Teams Stats|
|New York Giants||77||73||0.513||837||5.58||800||5.33||34||21||3.44||587||558||0.932||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|