1883 Philadelphia Quakers season

1883 Philadelphia Quakers
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Al Reach, John Rogers
Manager(s) Bob Ferguson, Blondie Purcell
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The 1883 Philadelphia Quakers season was the first in the franchise's existence. The team was founded earlier in the year as a replacement for the Worcester franchise. It was the first year Philadelphia was represented in the National League since the original Athletics were disbanded in 1876. The American Association's Philadelphia Athletics had been founded a year earlier.

The team opened the year managed by Bob Ferguson; however, he was fired as manager after a disappointing 413 start[1] and replaced by Blondie Purcell. The team finished the season 1781, worst in the National League.[1]

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Beaneaters 6335 0.643 41–8 22–27
Chicago White Stockings 5939 0.602 4 36–13 23–26
Providence Grays 5840 0.592 5 34–15 24–25
Cleveland Blues 5542 0.567 31–18 24–24
Buffalo Bisons 4945 0.521 12 36–13 13–32
New York Gothams 4650 0.479 16 28–19 18–31
Detroit Wolverines 4058 0.408 23 23–26 17–32
Philadelphia Quakers 1781 0.173 46 9–40 8–41

Record vs. opponents

1883 National League Records

Boston 7–77–710–410–47–714–08–6
Buffalo 7–75–97–79–5–18–59–57–7
Chicago 7–79–56–89–59–512–27–7
Cleveland 4–107–78–69–5–17–6–212–28–6
Detroit 4–105–9–15–95–9–18–611–3–12–12
New York 7–75–85–96–7–26–812–25–9
Philadelphia 0–145–92–122–123–11–12–123–11
Providence 6–87–77–76–812–29–511–3


1883 Philadelphia Quakers
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager

Player stats


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
CEmil Gross5723171.307125
1BSid Farrar9937788.233029
2BBob Ferguson8632985.258027
3BBlondie Purcell97425114.268132
SSBill McClellan8032675.230133
OFBill Harbridge7328062.221021
OFJack Manning98420112.267037
OFFred Lewis3816040.250018

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
John Coleman9035483.234032
Frank Ringo6022142.190012
Fred Warner3914132.227013
Jack Neagle187312.16404
Conny Doyle166815.22103
James Pirie5193.15800
Art Benedict3154.26704
Joe Mulvey3126.50003
Abe Wolstenholme3111.09100
Bill Gallagher280.00000
Hardie Henderson282.25001
Charlie Kelly271.14300
Piggy Ward150.00000
Edgar Smith143.75001
Buck Gladmon140.00000
Charlie Waitt131.33300
John Kelly130.00000
Bill White110.00000


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
John Coleman65538.112484.87159
Art Hagan171371145.4539
Blondie Purcell1180264.3930
Jack Neagle861.1176.9013
Charlie Hilsey326035.548
Hardie Henderson190119.002
Edgar Smith170115.432
Alonzo Breitenstein15019.000

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bob Ferguson10009.000


  1. 1 2 "Bob Ferguson managerial record". Baseball Reference. Archived from the original on June 22, 2008. Retrieved August 4, 2008.


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