1899 Season News

Buck Freeman scored 25 home runs during the 1899 season; the second highest total was Bobby Wallace with 12. Although Freeman failed to equal Ned Williamson's record of 27 home runs in a season, recorded in 1884, Freeman's total is generally regarded as the greater achievement owing to the dimensions of Williamson's home ballpark of Lakeshore Park (of Williamson's 27 homers, only 2 were scored away from home). Freeman's tally was not surpassed until 1919, when Babe Ruth scored 29 home runs with the Boston Red Sox.

A motion to change the name of the Western League to the American League was successfully introduced by W.F.C. Golt of Indianapolis.

On September 27, 1899, Jay Parker of Pittsburgh made his Major League debut on the mound and issued two base on balls. He was relieved and both runs scored. Parker never appeared in another Major League game and his lifetime earned run average is technically infinite.
1899 National League
Team Record PCT
Brooklyn Superbas 101-47 .682
Boston Beaneaters 95-57 .625
Philadelphia Phillies 94-58 .618
Baltimore Orioles 86-62 .581
St. Louis Perfectos 84-67 .556
Cincinnati Reds 83-67 .553
Pittsburgh Pirates 76-73 .510
Chicago Orphans 75-73 .507
Louisville Colonels 75-77 .493
New York Giants 60-90 .400
Washington Senators 57-98 .355
Cleveland Spiders 20-134 .130
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Brooklyn Superbas 101 47 0.682 892 6.03 658 4.45 27 32 3.25 463 331 0.948 n/a
Boston Beaneaters 95 57 0.625 858 5.64 645 4.24 39 44 3.26 432 385 0.952 n/a
Philadelphia Phillies 94 58 0.618 916 6.03 743 4.89 31 17 3.47 370 281 0.940 n/a
Baltimore Orioles 86 62 0.581 827 5.59 691 4.67 17 13 3.31 349 294 0.949 n/a
St. Louis Perfectos 84 67 0.556 819 5.42 739 4.89 47 41 3.36 321 331 0.939 n/a
Cincinnati Reds 83 67 0.553 856 5.71 770 5.13 13 26 3.70 370 360 0.947 n/a
Pittsburgh Pirates 76 73 0.510 834 5.60 765 5.13 27 27 3.60 437 334 0.945 n/a
Chicago Orphans 75 73 0.507 812 5.49 763 5.16 27 20 3.37 330 313 0.935 n/a
Louisville Colonels 75 77 0.493 827 5.44 775 5.10 40 33 3.45 323 287 0.939 n/a
New York Giants 60 90 0.400 734 4.89 863 5.75 23 19 4.29 628 397 0.932 n/a
Washington Senators 54 98 0.355 743 4.89 983 6.47 47 35 4.93 422 328 0.935 n/a
Cleveland Spiders 20 134 0.130 529 3.44 1252 8.13 12 43 6.37 527 215 0.937 n/a