Well, I finally made it through the Cleveland home games, only 60 of those as a pattern continues - the better teams in the league got game transferred to their home grounds so that better attendances and as a result, more revenue for both teams was generated.
Cleveland's record: 50-82, 6th place
It is too bad that Cleveland did only play 60 games as their splits show:
H: 33 W 27 L
A: 17 W 55 L
Pretty ugly away from home.
Their lineup for the most part was not very stable - I would love to see or hear of the "stability" of lineups correlated with win percentage - it makes sense that if you are winning you stick with a "winning combination" and do not change much as opposed to a team that is performing poorly is going to be constantly "tinkering" with the lineup. Anyway here is the top breakdown of lineup positions of the (Navy) Blues lineup (this is with 117 of 135 games documented so far):
1 Cub Stricker 2b - 60 games
Mortimer Hogan rf - 38 games
2 Ed McKean ss/lf - 93 games
3 Jay Faatz 1b - 50 games
Pete Hoteling cf - 45 games
4 Jay Faatz 1b - 38 games
Bob Gilks cf/lf - 26 games
Pete Hoteling cf - 22 games
5 Bob Gilks lf/3b - 43 games
Cub Stricker 2b - 19 games
Pete Hoteling cf - 15 games
6 Mike Goodfellow rf/lf - 41 games
Gus Alberts ss/3b - 18 games
7 Gus Alberts 3b/ss - 59 games
John McGlone 3b - 26 games
8 Pop Snyder c - 51 games
Chief Zimmer c - 49 games
As can see, not too many recognizable names pop out at you - I knew of Stricker (from his "Cub" nickname, Zimmer, McKean, and Jim McGuire (acquired later in the season).
As for the pitching staff, Jersey (from guess where? :) ) Bakley (referred to as "Bakely" in most contemporary references that I read) led the team with 61 starts and a 25-33 record. 60 CG's.
Bakley alternated, for the most part, with Billy Crowell (5-13) through mid June and then with "Cinders" (also referred to as the "Other Darby" [there was a "Darby" with Brooklyn]) O'Brien (11-19) through the end of September and finally with George Proeser (3-4).
Stricker played 11 seasons from 1882-93, with 7 different teams in the AA, Players League, and NL.
Chief Zimmer, again, I knew from the 1899 Spiders. He played 20 games for that club and hit .342, which was completely unacceptable! As a result, Louisville took him off of their hands.
Zimmer played in the majors 19 years, from 1884-1903
Jim (Deacon) McGuire was another Long Time catcher who was reknowned for his throwing (out runner) skills.
McGuire had actually played for the NL Philadelphia & Detroit teams in 1888 before catching on with Cleveland.
McGuire played in 26 seasons between 1884 and 1912.
He was the catcher in the infamous Cobb/Detroit boycott game of 1912 which I documented in a previous blog post. He was 48 years old at the time.
Also, in 1895, he caught all 132 games of Washington's games - Frank Hayes of the 1944 Reds would be the next (and last?) to do so.
McKean was at the end of his string when I first encountered him with the 1899 St. Louis Perfectos (which were not quite as good as the Brooklyn Superbas as St. Louis finished in 4th of 12 teams). McKean had a nice steady 13 year career from 1887 to 1899, as the NL Cleveland Spiders starting shortstop.
With the exception of the 1899 season, I wonder if he ever really left Cleveland - born in Grafton (SW of Cleveland), 12 seasons in Cleveland, and buried in Cleveland.
- Jonathan Frankel
- I am a long time baseball fan who became interesting in documenting the "missing" batter strikeouts a few years back as an outgrowth of my interest in the 1899 Cleveland Spiders. Grew up w/ the Big Red Machine. I now follow them and my new hometown, Detroit Tigers. Member of SABR off and on since 1979.
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