1882 St. Louis Brown Stockings season

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1882 St. Louis Brown Stockings
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 37–43 (.463)
League place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) Chris von der Ahe
Manager(s) Ned Cuthbert
Stats ESPN.com
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The 1882 St. Louis Brown Stockings season was the first professional baseball season played by the team now known as the St. Louis Cardinals. The team began in the earlier St. Louis Brown Stockings franchise, which played in the National Association in 1875 and later in the National League from 1876 to 1877. After a scandal over game-fixing, combined with financial problems, the Brown Stockings left the league, and continued to play as an independent team from 1878 to 1881. German immigrant, Chris von der Ahe purchased the team prior to the 1882 season and placed it in the new American Association. The Brown Stockings posted a 37–43 record (5th place) in their first season in the American Association. The team played at the Grand Avenue Grounds, which would later be renamed Sportsman's Park, at the corner of Grand Avenue and Dodier Street in north St. Louis.

Building the team[edit]

Assembling the Browns was a collaborative effort. Von der Ahe secured membership in the American Association, built enthusiasm for his new beer-selling venture, and provided funds to bring players to St. Louis. Von der Ahe's baseball knowledge may have been lacking, but others' efforts made up for his shortcomings. St. Louis developed a team that went on to win four American Association titles in the next ten years.

On the advice of team adviser Al Spink, Von der Ahe signed a skilled young first baseman playing in Dubuque, Iowa, Charlie Comiskey (later of Chicago White Sox fame).[1]

Ned Cuthbert, a former pro player in St. Louis, had retired to bartending in the city. He also had influenced Von der Ahe's decision to venture into ownership of the team, and still was prominent in local baseball circles, so Von der Ahe hired Cuthbert to be his first captain, with all the duties of a field manager. Cuthbert used his experience to round up several players from the East, but most of the first-year Browns were St. Louis lads; brothers Jack and Bill Gleason, pitcher Jumbo McGinnis, outfielder George Seward, and catcher Tom Sullivan.[citation needed]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day came on a beautiful May 2 afternoon at Sportsman's Park, site of the first professional baseball field laid out by Gus Solari 16 years earlier. Owner Chris von der Ahe made certain the first game was memorable for approximately 2,000 fans, who paid a quarter apiece to watch.[2] He hired a band to brighten the mood beforehand, then trotted out a team in new white uniforms with brown caps, brown stockings, and brown trim.

They had played numerous local nines in some April exhibitions. McGinnis was the first pitcher, who would start 45 of the team's 80 games.[3] Jack Gleason had the franchise's first hit, a leadoff single in the first, and scored the first run on Comiskey's three-base hit. The Browns won 9-7, with McGinnis not only getting the complete-game victory, but contributing 2 doubles as well.

The Browns were tied for first in the six-team league late in May and were 8 games over .500, just a game behind first-place Cincinnati. In late June.[clarification needed] But a stretch in which the Browns lost 16 games more than they won in a matter of seven weeks ended any hopes of contending.[4]

The Browns drew more than 175,000 customers during the season, and found early heroes in Comiskey, among the most productive offensive players in the league, and the workhorse McGinnis.

Season standings[edit]

American Association W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Red Stockings 55 25 0.688 31–11 24–14
Louisville Eclipse 42 38 0.525 13 26–13 16–25
Philadelphia Athletics 41 34 0.547 11½ 21–18 20–16
Pittsburg Alleghenys 39 39 0.500 15 17–20 22–19
St. Louis Brown Stockings 37 43 0.463 18 24–20 13–23
Baltimore Orioles 19 54 0.260 32½ 7–25 12–29


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1882 American Association Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Team BAL CIN LOU PHI PIT STL
Baltimore 2–14 3–13 4–7 7–7–1 3–13
Cincinnati 14–2 11–5 10–6 10–6 10–6
Louisville 13–3 5–11 5–11 10–6 9–7
Philadelphia 7–4 6–10 11–5 6–10 11–5
Pittsburg 7–7–1 6–10 6–10 10–6 10–6
St. Louis 13–3 6–10 7–9 5–11 6–10


Roster[edit]

1882 St. Louis Brown Stockings
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

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Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Pos=Position, G=Games played, AB=At bats, R=Runs scored, H=Hits, 2B=Doubles, 3B=Triples, HR=Home runs, SB=Stolen bases, BB=Base on balls, Avg.=Batting average, Slg=Slugging percentage

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR SB BB Slg
C Sullivan, SleeperSleeper Sullivan 51 188 24 34 3 3 .181 0 0 3 .229
1B Comiskey, CharlesCharles Comiskey 78 329 58 80 9 5 .243 1 0 4 .310
2B Smiley, BillBill Smiley 59 240 30 51 4 2 .213 0 0 6 .246
3B Gleason, JackJack Gleason 78 331 53 84 10 1 .254 2 0 27 .308
SS Gleason, BillBill Gleason 79 347 63 100 11 6 .288 1 0 6 .363
OF Walker, OscarOscar Walker 76 318 48 76 15 7 .239 7 0 10 .396
OF Cuthbert, NedNed Cuthbert 60 233 28 52 16 5 .223 0 0 17 .335
OF Seward, GeorgeGeorge Seward 38 144 23 31 1 1 .215 0 0 12 .236

Other batters[edit]

G=Games played, AB=At bats, R=Runs scored, H=Hits, 2B=Doubles, 3B=Triples, HR=Home runs, SB=Stolen bases, BB=Base on balls, Avg.=Batting average, Slg=Slugging percentage

Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR SB BB Slg
McCaffery, HarryHarry McCaffery 38 153 23 42 8 6 .275 0 0 3 .405
Fusselback, EddieEddie Fusselback 35 136 13 31 2 0 .228 0 0 5 .243
Brown, EdEd Brown 17 60 4 11 0 0 .183 0 0 4 .183
Morton, CharlieCharlie Morton 9 32 2 2 0 1 .063 0 0 2 .125
Crotty, JoeJoe Crotty 8 28 2 4 1 0 .143 0 0 3 .179
Decker, FrankFrank Decker 2 8 0 2 0 0 .250 0 0  ? .250
Shoupe, JohnJohn Shoupe 2 7 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

W=Wins, L=Losses, ERA=Earned run average, G=Games played, GS=Games started, CG=Complete games, IP=Innings pitched, H=Hits allowed, R=Runs allowed, ER=Earned runs allowed, HR=Home runs allowed, BB=Base on balls, SO=Strikeouts, WHIP=Walks plus hits per inning pitched

Player W L ERA G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
McGinnis, JumboJumbo McGinnis 25 18 2.60 45 45 43 388.1 391 241 112 2 53 134 1.14
Schappert, JohnJohn Schappert 8 7 3.52 15 14 13 128.0 131 99 50 2 32 38 1.27
Dorr, BertBert Dorr 2 6 2.59 8 8 8 66.0 53 39 19 0 1 34 0.82
Critchley, MorrieMorrie Critchley 0 4 4.24 4 4 4 34.0 43 31 16 3 7 2 1.47
Doyle, JohnJohn Doyle 0 3 2.63 3 3 3 24.0 41 33 7 0 3 5 1.83
Hogan, EddieEddie Hogan 0 1 1.13 1 1 1 8.0 10 7 1 0 0 4 1.25
Mitchell, BobbyBobby Mitchell 0 1 7.71 1 1 0 7.0 12 13 6 0 2 2 2.00

Other pitchers[edit]

W=Wins, L=Losses, ERA=Earned run average, G=Games played, GS=Games started, CG=Complete games, SV=Saves, IP=Innings pitched, H=Hits allowed, R=Runs allowed, ER=Earned runs allowed, HR=Home runs allowed, BB=Base on balls, SO=Strikeouts, WHIP=Walks plus hits per inning pitched

Player W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Fusselback, EddieEddie Fusselback 1 2 4.70 4 2 2 1 23.0 34 24 12 0 2 3 1.57
Comiskey, CharlesCharles Comiskey 0 1 0.00 2 1 1 0 8.0 12 8 0 0 3 2 1.88

Relief pitchers[edit]

W=Wins, L=Losses, ERA=Earned run average, G=Games played, SV=Saves, IP=Innings pitched, H=Hits allowed, R=Runs allowed, ER=Earned runs allowed, HR=Home runs allowed, BB=Base on balls, SO=Strikeouts, WHIP=Walks plus hits per inning pitched

Player W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Brown, EdEd Brown 0 0 0.00 1 0 2.0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography of Charles Comiskey". UMKC. 
  2. ^ Kittel, Jeff. "The Restoration of 1881: Chris Von der Ahe and the Creation of Modern St. Louis Baseball". This Game Of Games. Weebly.com. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "1882 St. Louis Brown Stockings - Pitching Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "1882 St. Louis Brown Stockings - Schedule and Results". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "1882 St. Louis Brown Stockings Roster". Baseball-Almanac.com. Baseball-Almanac, Inc. Retrieved 22 December 2016.