1899 Cleveland Spiders season

1899 Cleveland Spiders season

In 1899, the Cleveland Spiders' owners, the Robison brothers, bought the St. Louis Perfectos baseball club, but also retained ownership of the Cleveland club, an obvious conflict of interest that was later outlawed. They decided that a good team in St. Louis would draw more fans, so they proceeded to transfer most of the Cleveland stars, including future Baseball Hall of Famers Cy Young, Jesse Burkett, and Bobby Wallace to St. Louis.

According to various individual pages in baseball-reference.com, most of this activity took place on March 29, 1899, just 17 days before the beginning of the new season:Pitchers

Frank Bates, Nig Cuppy, Cowboy Jones, Pete McBride, Jack Powell, Zeke Wilson, Cy Young to St. Louis
Kid Carsey, Jim Hughey, Harry Maupin, Willie Sudhoff to ClevelandCatchers
Lou Criger, Jack O'Connor to St. Louis
Jack Clements, Joe Sugden to ClevelandInfielders
Jimmy Burke, Cupid Childs, Ed McKean, Ossee Schreckengost, Bobby Wallace to St. Louis
Patsy Tebeau to St. Louis (to be manager)
Joe Quinn, Suter Sullivan, Tommy Tucker to Cleveland
Lave Cross to Cleveland (to be manager)Outfielders
Harry Blake, Jesse Burkett, Emmet Heidrick to St. Louis
Tommy Dowd, Dick Harley to Cleveland

There was further action on June 5:

Willie Sudhoff, Lave Cross back to St. Louis
Frank Bates, Ossee Schreckengost back to Cleveland

Deprived of its talent, the last year of the Spiders team was the worst in major league history, as the club finished 20-134 (.130) and lost 40 of their last 41 games of the season. The 1899 Cleveland team trailed 84 games behind the pennant-winning Brooklyn Superbas. Cleveland was 35 games behind the next-to-last (11th) place Washington club.

Due to lackluster attendance, other NL teams refused to travel to Cleveland's park. The Spiders were thus forced to play the final 36 games of the season on the road, of which they lost 35. In so doing, they set a number of negative records, including one that is truly unbreakable due to baseball's schedule: 109 road losses.

The 1899 Spiders were 11-109 (.092) on the road, and 9-25 (.265) at home. The team's longest winning streak of the season was two games, which they accomplished once: on May 20 and May 21. Spiders opponents scored ten or more runs 49 times in 154 games. Pitchers Jim Hughey (4-30) and Charlie Knepper (4-22) tied for the team lead in wins. 6,088 fans paid for Spider home games in 1899, an average attendance of 179 per game.

Regular season

Opening Day Starters

Season standings

Roster

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Pitchers Catchers Infielders Outfielders Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Joe Sugden 76 250 69 .276 0 14
1B Tommy Tucker 127 456 110 .241 0 40
2B Joe Quinn 147 615 176 .286 0 72
3B Suter Sullivan 127 473 116 .245 0 55
SS Harry Lochhead 148 541 129 .238 1 43
OF Tommy Dowd 147 605 168 .278 2 35
OF Dick Harley 142 567 142 .250 1 50
OF Sport McAllister 113 418 99 .237 1 31

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Charlie Hemphill 55 202 56 .277 2 23
Lave Cross 38 154 44 .286 1 20
Ossee Schreckengost 43 150 47 .313 0 10
Jim Duncan 31 105 24 .229 2 9
Chief Zimmer 20 73 25 .342 2 14
Otto Krueger 13 44 10 .227 0 2
Jack Stivetts 18 39 8 .205 0 2
Louis Sockalexis 7 22 6 .273 0 3
Jack Clements 4 12 3 .250 0 0
George Bristow 3 8 1 .125 0 0
Charlie Ziegler 2 8 2 .250 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jim Hughey 36 283 4 30 5.41 54
Charlie Knepper 27 219.2 4 22 5.78 43
Frank Bates 20 153 1 18 7.24 13
Crazy Schmit 20 138.1 2 17 5.86 24
Harry Colliflower 14 98 1 11 8.17 8
Bill Hill 11 72.1 3 6 6.97 26
Willie Sudhoff 11 86.1 3 8 6.98 10
Kid Carsey 10 77.2 1 8 5.68 11
Jack Harper 5 37 1 4 3.89 14
Highball Wilson 1 8 0 1 9.00 1
Eddie Kolb 1 8 0 1 10.13 1

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA
Harry Maupin 5 25 0 3 12.60

References

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