1899 in baseball

1899 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1899 throughout the world.

Contents

  • Champions 1
  • National League final standings 2
  • Events 3
  • Births 4
    • January 4.1
    • February 4.2
    • March 4.3
    • April 4.4
    • May 4.5
    • June 4.6
    • July 4.7
    • August 4.8
    • September 4.9
    • October 4.10
    • November 4.11
    • December 4.12
  • Deaths 5

Champions

National League final standings

Events

Buck Freeman of the Washington Senators leads all batters with 25 home runs during the regular season, more than double hit by Bobby Wallace of the Cleveland Spiders, who finished with 12 homers. Although Freeman failed to equal the record of 27 home runs set by Ned Williamson in the 1884 season, his total is generally regarded as the greater achievement owing to the dimensions of Williamson's home ballpark of Lakeshore Park – Only two of the 27 homers batted by Williamson for the Chicago White Stockings were scored away from home. Freeman's tally was not surpassed until 1919, when Babe Ruth belted 29 home runs for the Boston Red Sox.
Following the season, the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Spiders, Louisville Colonels and Washington Senators were all dropped by the National League, reducing the number of teams to eight for the 1900 season; while Louisville would never sport another major-league level team, the other three cities received charter franchises in the rival American League in 1901 - after being abandoned by the AL in 1971, the National League would return to the nation's capital 106 years later. The National League would remain at eight teams until 1962.

Births

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Deaths

  • January 6 – John Smith, 40, first baseman for the Troy Trojans and Worcester Ruby Legs of the National League in the 1882 season.
  • March 9 – Bill McGunnigle, 44, manager who led Brooklyn to the American Association title in 1889, and the National League pennant the following year after the team switched leagues; as collegiate catcher, was possibly the first at that position to wear a glove.
  • March 16 – Egyptian Healy, 32, pitcher.
  • April 9 – Mike Moynahan, 43, shortstop.
  • April 24 – Pat Luby, 30, pitcher.
  • July 14 – Frank Kreeger, [?], outfielder and pitcher.
  • July 24 – Jim Korwan, 25, pitcher.