American Association of Base Ball Clubs in 1890


The logo of the American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs

The American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs (AA) was established in 1882 (142 years ago) to challenge the older National League (NL).

The American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs (AA) was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio. The new league established teams in cities the NL looked down on including Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville and St. Louis, with the inherent implication of lower morality or social standards in those cities. In contrast to the NL, the AA offered cheaper ticket prices, Sunday games, and alcoholic beverages to its patrons.

1890 was Season 9 of play for the American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs (AA) and took place 134 years ago.


Rival League

Season Length

April 17, 1890 to October 15, 1890

Season Champion

Louisville Colonels

# of Teams


Season Standings

Season Playoffs

There were no championship playoffs as the top team with the most wins at end of season was declared league champion for the season.

World Series

The 1890 World Series was the seventh and final post-season championship series between the Brooklyn Bridegrooms of the National League and the Louisville Colonels of the American Association in Louisville and Brooklyn. The series was played as follows:

Game 1 – October 17, Louisville – Brooklyn won 9–0 (8 innings).

Game 2 – October 18, Louisville – Brooklyn won 5–3.

Game 3 – October 20, Louisville – Tied 7–7 (8 innings).

Game 4 – October 21, Louisville – Louisville won 5–4.

Game 5 – October 25, Brooklyn – Brooklyn won 7–2.

Game 6 – October 27, Brooklyn – Louisville won 9–8.

Game 7 – October 28, Brooklyn – Louisville won 6–2.

The 1890 World Series ended in a 3-3-1 tie as weather and acrimony scuttled future games.

The the weather had become progressively worse as the Series wore on, and prior to Game 7, the two managers agreed that this would be the final game, and if Louisville won the game to square the Series at 3–3–1 (which they did), that there would be a deciding championship game the following spring. Unfortunately for that plan, the championship game was never held. Disputes arose between the National League and the American Association during the winter about the redistribution of players following the dissolution of the Players’ League. The American Association ended its relationship with the National League before the spring of 1891, so the anticipated deciding game was canceled.

Events in Baseball (Thanks to Wikipedia)

Notable Seasons
  • Cleveland Infants left fielder Pete Browning led the PL in batting average (.373) and adjusted OPS+ (169). He was second in the PL in on-base percentage (.459). He was fifth in the PL in slugging percentage (.517) and hits (184).
  • Chicago Pirates pitcher Silver King had a win–loss record of 30–22 and led the PL in earned run average (2.69), adjusted ERA+ (162), and shutouts (4). He was second in the PL in innings pitched (461), wins (30), and strikeouts (185).
  • January 9 – The Brooklyn Gladiators are admitted to the American Association, joining ToledoRochester and Syracuse as new members.
  • January 28 – New York Supreme Court Justice Morgan J. O’Brien rules in favor of John Montgomery Ward‘s Reserve Clause case, and by extension the Players’ League, by ruling baseball contracts lacked mutuality and were therefore unenforceable. This is the first in several rulings that allows the Players’ League to proceed as planned.
  • February 1 – The National League finalizes its schedule for 1890, but refuses to release it. Speculation abounds that they are waiting for the Players’ League to release their own schedule so that the new circuit may purposely schedule conflicting games in the same cities where both leagues have teams.
  • February 20 – Sam Rice is born in Morocco, Indiana. A quick outfielder with a great arm, Rice will lead the American League in hits twice, in stolen bases once, and collect at least 200 hits on six occasions, while finishing in the top ten in batting average eight times. Rice will gain election to the Hall of Fame in 1963.
  • February 24 – An anonymous group allegedly offers $1 million to purchase the entire National League. The National League, believing the offer a hoax, turns it down. Some believe the offer was made by the Players’ League, knowing the new circuit would refuse the offer, so they could point to the refusal as proof that the National League was in much better financial shape than they claimed.
  • March 6 – The National League releases its official schedule although many believe it to be an intentional fake as it includes the Indianapolis Hoosiers and the Washington Nationals, who are rumored to be on the brink of being bought out by the league.
  • March 11 – The Players’ League releases its schedule while claiming it paid no attention to the previously released National League schedule.
  • March 27 – The Inter-State League rejects an application from an all-black team made up of former Cuban Giants.

Future Features