1891 Major League Baseball season

1891 Major League Baseball season

The following are the baseball events of the year 1891 throughout the world.  

Champions

World Series: Boston (NL) declined to meet Boston (AA)

Major league baseball final standings

National League final standings

American Association final standings

Statistical leaders

National League statistical leaders

National League
Type Name Stat
AVG Billy Hamilton PHI .340
HR Harry Stovey BSN 16 Mike Tiernan NYG 16
RBI Cap Anson CHC 120
Wins Bill Hutchinson CHC 44
ERA John Ewing NYG 2.27
Strikeouts Amos Rusie NYG 337

American Association statistical leaders

American Association
Type Name Stat
AVG Dan Brouthers BOS .350
HR Duke Farrell BOS 12
RBI Hugh Duffy BOS 110 Duke Farrell BOS 110
Wins Sadie McMahon BAL 35
ERA Ed Crane CKK 2.45
Strikeouts Jack Stivetts STL 259

Notable seasons

Events

January–March

  • February 6 – The New York Giants' salary list is leaked to the press. It shows a total player payroll of $54,600 with Buck Ewing's $5,500 salary topping the scale.

April–June

  • April 11 – Clark Griffith‚ 21 years old‚ makes his Major League debut‚ pitching for the St. Louis Browns to a 13–5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. After spending much of 1892 and 1893 in the minor leagues‚ Griffith will return to remain active in the majors as a pitcher‚ manager‚ and club owner until his death in 1955.
  • April 22 – In the first game at the third Polo Grounds, Boston beats the New York Giants, 4-3.
  • May 22 – At Cincinnati's League Park, Mickey Welch of the New York Giants hits into a game-ending triple play. Batting with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Welch lines one to shortstop Germany Smith, who catches the ball and tosses it to second baseman, Bid McPhee, who tags the runner caught off second, Charley Bassett. McPhee then relay the ball to first baseman, John Reilly, who toes the sack to retire the runner, Artie Clarke, who was running between bases. The Reds won 8–3.

July–September

  • September 4 – Responding to writers who claim it's time for him to quit, Chicago's 39-year-old player-manager Cap Anson wears a false white beard against Boston. It doesn't help him at the plate – he is hitless in 3 at-bats. The White Stockings beat Boston, 5-3.

October–December

  • November 26 – A series for the championship of the Pacific Coast begins between the champions of the California League (the San Jose Dukes) and the Pacific Northwest League pennant winners (the Portland Webfeet). San Jose wins the opener, 8–6. The series will last until January 10 with San Jose winning 10 games to 9. All the games are played in San José, California.

Births

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Deaths

External links

  • 1891 National League season at baseball-reference.com
  • 1891 American Association season at baseball-reference.com
  • Charlton's Baseball Chronology at BaseballLibrary.com
  • Year by Year History at Baseball-Almanac.com
  • Retrosheet.org