1890 Major League Baseball season

1890 Major League Baseball season

The following are the baseball events of the year 1890 throughout the world.  


Inter-league playoff: Brooklyn (NL) declined challenge by Boston (PL)

Inter-league playoff: Louisville (AA) declined challenge by Boston (PL)

Major league baseball final standings

National League final standings

American Association final standings

Players' League final standings

Statistical leaders

National League statistical leaders

National League
Type Name Stat
AVG Jack Glasscock NYG .336
HR Oyster Burns BRO 13
Mike Tiernan NYG 13
Walt Wilmot CHC 13
RBI Oyster Burns BRO 128
Wins Bill Hutchinson CHC 42
ERA Billy Rhines CIN 1.95
Strikeouts Amos Rusie NYG 341

American Association statistical leaders

American Association
Type Name Stat
AVG Jimmy Wolf LOU .363
HR Count Campau STL 9
RBI Spud Johnson COL 113
Wins Sadie McMahon PHA/BAL 36
ERA Scott Stratton LOU 2.36
Strikeouts Sadie McMahon PHA/BAL 291

Players' League statistical leaders

Players' League
Type Name Stat
AVG Pete Browning CLE .373
HR Roger Connor NYI 14
RBI Hardy Richardson BOS 146
Wins Mark Baldwin CHI 34
ERA Silver King CHI 2.69
Strikeouts Mark Baldwin CHI 211



  • January 28 – New York Supreme Court Justice Morgan J. O'Brien rules in favor of John Montgomery Ward's Reserve Clause case, and by extension the Players' League, by ruling baseball contracts lacked mutuality and were therefore unenforceable. This is the first in several rulings that allows the Players' League to proceed as planned.
  • February 1 – The National League finalizes its schedule for 1890, but refuses to release it. Speculation abounds that they are waiting for the Players' League to release their own schedule so that the new circuit may purposely schedule conflicting games in the same cities where both leagues have teams.
  • February 20 – Sam Rice is born in Morocco, Indiana. A quick outfielder with a great arm, Rice will lead the American League in hits twice, in stolen bases once, and collect at least 200 hits on six occasions, while finishing in the top ten in batting average eight times. Rice will gain election to the Hall of Fame in 1963.
  • February 24 – An anonymous group allegedly offers $1 million to purchase the entire National League. The National League, believing the offer a hoax, turns it down. Some believe the offer was made by the Players' League, knowing the new circuit would refuse the offer, so they could point to the refusal as proof that the National League was in much better financial shape than they claimed.
  • March 6 – The National League releases its official schedule although many believe it to be an intentional fake as it includes the Indianapolis Hoosiers and the Washington Nationals, who are rumored to be on the brink of being bought out by the league.
  • March 27 – The Inter-State League rejects an application from an all-black team made up of former Cuban Giants.




  • October 3 – In a game because of darkness after seven, Chicago's Pat Luby beats the Giants, 3-2, for his 17th consecutive win. Amos Rusie is the losing pitcher.
  • November 22 – At the American Association annual meeting in Louisville, the Philadelphia Athletics are expelled for violating the league's constitution. A new team in Philadelphia is admitted, plus entries from Boston, Washington and Cincinnati, replacing Syracuse, Toledo and Rochester.




  • Some sources show 1889
    ** Some sources show 1888


*Some sources show 1889




External links

  • 1890 National League season at baseball-reference.com
  • 1890 American Association season at baseball-reference.com
  • 1890 Players' League season at baseball-reference.com
  • Charlton's Baseball Chronology at BaseballLibrary.com
  • Year by Year History at Baseball-Almanac.com
  • Retrosheet.org
  • Business of Baseball.com article on the formation and history of the Players' League