1889 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1889 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball


Major league baseball final standings

National League final standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 8343 0.659 47–15 36–28
Boston Beaneaters 8345 0.648 1 48–17 35–28
Chicago White Stockings 6765 0.508 19 37–30 30–35
Philadelphia Quakers 6364 0.496 20½ 43–24 20–40
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 6171 0.462 25 40–28 21–43
Cleveland Spiders 6172 0.459 25½ 33–35 28–37
Indianapolis Hoosiers 5975 0.440 28 32–36 27–39
Washington Nationals 4183 0.331 41 24–29 17–54

American Association final standings

American Association W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 9344 0.679 50–19 43–25
St. Louis Browns 9045 0.667 2 51–18 39–27
Philadelphia Athletics 7558 0.564 16 46–22 29–36
Cincinnati Red Stockings 7663 0.547 18 47–26 29–37
Baltimore Orioles 7065 0.519 22 40–24 30–41
Columbus Solons 6078 0.435 33½ 36–33 24–45
Kansas City Cowboys 5582 0.401 38 35–35 20–47
Louisville Colonels 27111 0.196 66½ 18–46 9–65

Statistical leaders

National League statistical leaders

National League
AVGDan Brouthers BOS.373
HRSam Thompson PHQ20
RBIRoger Connor NY130
WinsJohn Clarkson BOS49
ERAJohn Clarkson BOS2.73
StrikeoutsJohn Clarkson BOS284

American Association statistical leaders

American Association
AVGTommy Tucker BAL.372
HRBug Holliday CIN19Harry Stovey PHA19
RBIHarry Stovey PHA119
WinsBob Caruthers BKN40
ERAJack Stivetts STL2.25
StrikeoutsMark Baldwin CLB368




  • March 7 – Pittsburgh Allegheny players, Bill Kuehne and Ed Morris, are arrested and charged with operating a gambling house out of their billiard parlor. The charges against both are dropped when the prosecution's star witness fails to appear in court to testify against them.
  • March 20 – A New York City sporting goods house receives an order from Japan for baseball equipment. The corresponding letter states that a league will soon be formed as the game has been played there for several months already.
  • April 17 – The American Association season begins.
  • April 23 – New York Governor David Hill vetoes a bill from the state legislature that would block the street construction at the Polo Grounds.
  • April 29 – The New York Giants play their first home game at the St. George Cricket Grounds on Staten Island. The right-fielder plays on a stage used for theatre productions in the multi-purpose complex.




  • September 1 – After having led the American Association all but three days of the season, the St. Louis Browns fall out of first place by losing in extra innings to the Columbus Solons.
  • September 3 – Con Daily of the Indianapolis Hoosiers makes the final out in a 7–6 loss to the Boston Beaneaters just after the umpire had apparently called time. Given a second chance, Daily hits a two-run single to give the Hoosiers an 8–7 win.
  • September 7 – In a critical two-game series, the St. Louis Browns leave the field in Brooklyn in the ninth inning leading 4–2 claiming it is too dark to continue play. Umpire Fred Goldsmith disagrees and forfeits the game to the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. Several Browns players are hit by thrown bottle as they leave the park.
  • September 8 – Citing safety concerns, the Browns fail to show for their game against Brooklyn and forfeit for the second day in a row, giving the Bridegrooms a 4½ game lead over the Browns.
  • September 11 – In a season that will have 135 rainouts between the two leagues, every scheduled game in both leagues is postponed due to rain on this day.
  • September 23 – The American Association, in an emergency meeting, overturns the forfeit by the St. Louis Browns on September 7 and awards them a 4–2 victory. The ruling draws the Browns back to within 4½ games of the Brooklyn Bridegrooms.
  • September 25 – The Brotherhood of Professional Base-Ball Players' organizational plan for a new Players' League is leaked to the press in New York City. It calls for clubs to be owned jointly by players and capitalists.
  • September 27 – Out of the pennant race, the Philadelphia Quakers make a largely symbolic move by releasing Brotherhood activists outfielder George Wood, who is batting .251, and pitcher Dan Casey, who has a 6–10 record.
  • October 5 – The New York Giants clinch the National League pennant on the last day of the season with a 5–3 win coupled with the Boston Beaneaters 6–1 loss. It was the first time in major league history that the pennant was determined on the last day of the season.
  • October 6 – The Brooklyn Bridegrooms complete their home schedule with a 9–0 victory. Brooklyn sets a new National League season attendance record by drawing 353,690 fans in a season.
  • October 15 – Having to win their final five games to win the American Association pennant, the St. Louis Browns lose in their first try, giving the flag to the Brooklyn Bridegrooms who have already completed their season.
  • October 18 – The Brooklyn Bridegrooms take Game 1 of the best-of-11 World Series with a 12–10 victory over the New York Giants.
  • October 19 – The Giants even the series by taking Game 2 by a score of 6–2.
  • October 22 – The Bridegrooms take Game 3 by a score of 8–7 in a game called because of darkness that ends with the Giants having the bases loaded and one out in the top of the ninth inning.
  • October 23 – In another game called early by darkness, New York scores five runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at seven, only to see the Bridegrooms win it on a three-run homer by Oyster Burns in the bottom of the sixth.
  • October 24 – The Giants win Game 5 by a score of 11–3.
  • October 25 – New York evens the series at three games apiece by tying the game at 1 with a run in the ninth inning. The Giants then win it in the 11th inning as Hank O'Day outlasts Adonis Terry in the 2–1 extra inning thriller.
  • October 26 – New York wins again, taking an 11–7 triumph over the Bridegrooms.
  • October 28 – The Giants win their fourth straight game by defeating Brooklyn 16–7.
  • October 29 – The New York Giants win their second consecutive World Series title by beating the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, 3–2, for their fifth straight win in taking the series 6 games to 3.




^Someş sources show 1890





  • Nemec, David (1994). The Beer and Whiskey League: The Illustrated History of the American Association-Baseball's Renegade Major League. New York: Lyons & Burford, Publishers ISBN 1-55821-285-X
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