1892 Major League Baseball season

1892 Major League Baseball season

The following are the baseball events of the year 1892 throughout the world.  


National League final standings


  • March 4 – Following the collapse of the American Association, the National League holds its first meeting. They decide to split 1892 into two halves, with the winners to meet in a championship series following the regular season.
  • July 13 – The final games of the first half are played.[1]
  • July 15 – Play resumes for the second half of the season after a one-day break.[3]
  • July/August – After Boston cuts some players, it begins the second half slowly and Cleveland takes the lead. Some fans accuse the Boston club of purposely playing poorly "in order to force a playoff at the end of the season", i.e. to generate extra revenue.[Glory Fades Away, by Jerry Lansche, Taylor Publishing, 1991, p. 207]
  • October 17 – The first-half champion Boston Beaneaters and second-half champion Cleveland Spiders begin a five-game series to determine the overall championship. The first game, pitched by Jack Stivetts for the Beaneaters and Cy Young for the Spiders, ends in a 0–0 tie after 11 innings.
  • November 17 – National League magnates conclude a four-day meeting in Chicago where they agree to shorten the 1893 schedule to 132 games and drop the double championship concept. They also pledge to continue to reduce player salaries and other team expenses.









  • January 14 – Silver Flint, 36, catcher with the Chicago White Stockings for eleven seasons who batted .310 for 1881 champions
  • February 10 – Ed Glenn, 31, outfielder for three major league seasons; 1884, 1886, 1888.
  • March 11 – Cinders O'Brien, 24, pitcher for four seasons. Won 22 games for the 1889 Cleveland Spiders.
  • March 18 – Phil Tomney, 28, shortstop for Louisville Colonels from 1888 to 1890.
  • March 29 – Adam Rocap, 38?, outfielder for the 1875 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • April 18 – Ned Bligh, 27, catcher for four seasons, died of Typhoid fever.
  • May 21 – Hub Collins, 28, second baseman for the 1889–90 champion Brooklyn teams who led league in doubles and runs once each
  • July 12 – Alexander Cartwright, 72, pioneer of the sport who formulated the first rules in 1845, developing a new sport for adults out of various existing playground games; established distance between bases at 90 feet, introduced concept of foul territory, set the number of players at nine per team, and fixed the number of outs at three per side and innings at nine; founded Knickerbocker Base Ball Club, the sport's first organized club, in New York City, and spread the sport across the nation into the 1850s
  • October 5 – Dickie Flowers, 42?, shortstop for two seasons in the National Association, 1871–72.
  • November 3 – Edgar Smith, 30, played in four seasons with four different teams from 1883 to 1885, and 1890.
  • December 20 – John Fitzgerald, 26, pitcher for the 1890 Rochester Broncos

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