1899 Major League Baseball season

1899 Major League Baseball season

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

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. The National League would remain at eight teams until 1962.

Births

January

February

March

April

May

  • May 2 – Skinny O'Neal
  • May 2 – Gale Staley
  • May 7 – Eddie Pick
  • May 8 – Fritz Henrich
  • May 10 – Freddie Maguire
  • May 12 – Tod Dennehey
  • May 14 – Earle Combs
  • May 23 – Frank Kelliher
  • May 23 – Charlie Niebergall
  • May 25- Hal Elliott
  • May 25 – Jimmie Keenan
  • May 28 – Bob Rice
  • May 29 – Art Reinhart

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.
  • December 14 – Harry Dooms, 32, outfielder.