National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs in 1892


The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NL) was established in 1876 (148 years ago) when a number of its teams broke away from the NA. The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NL) was formed in Chicago, Illinois, by businessman and owner of the Chicago Base Ball Club (now known as the Chicago Cubs), William Hulbert, for the purpose of replacing the NA, which he believed to have been corrupt, mismanaged, full of rowdy, drunken ballplayers, and under the influence of the gambling community. One of the new rules put into place by the new league was that all teams had to be located in cities that had a population of 75,000 or more.

1892 was Season 17 of play for the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NL) and took place 132 years ago. This season was marked by the addition of teams from the now-defunct American Association (AA) which expanded the league from eight to twelve teams.


Major League

Season Length

April 12, 1892 to October 24, 1892

Season Champion

Boston Beaneaters

# of Teams


Season Standings

Season Playoffs

The National League played a split season schedule, with the teams that had the best record in each half of the season meeting in a postseason best-of-nine series, known at the time as the World’s Championship Series.

The first-half champion Boston Beaneaters (102–48) playing the second-half champion Cleveland Spiders (93–56) in a best-of-nine postseason series to determine the overall champion. Boston won the series, 5–0–1.

1October 17Boston – 0, Cleveland – 0 (11)League Park, Cleveland
2October 18Boston – 4, Cleveland – 3League Park, Cleveland
3October 19Boston – 3, Cleveland – 2League Park, Cleveland
4October 21Cleveland – 0, Boston – 4South End Grounds, Boston
5October 22Cleveland – 7, Boston – 12South End Grounds, Boston
6October 24Cleveland – 3, Boston – 8South End Grounds, Boston

World Series

The National League hosted a solo-league ‘World Championship’ between the he first-half champion Boston Beaneaters (102–48) playing the second-half champion Cleveland Spiders (93–56). FanSeeStats does not consider this to be a true World Series, with the last being played the 1891 Season, 133 years ago.

Events in Baseball (Thanks to Wikipedia)

  • March 4 – Following the collapse of the American Association, the National League holds its first meeting. They decide on a split season for 1892, with the winners from each half to meet in a championship series following the regular season.
  • June 6 – Benjamin Harrison becomes the first U.S. president to attend a game while in office, when he watches the Cincinnati Reds defeat the Washington Senators, 7–4 in 11 innings.
  • July 13 – The final games of the first half are played.
  • July 15 – Play resumes for the second half of the season after a one-day break.
  • July/August – After the Boston Beaneaters cut some players, they begin the second half slowly and the Cleveland Spiders take the lead. Some fans accuse the Boston club of purposely playing poorly “in order to force a playoff at the end of the season”—that is, to generate extra revenue.
  • August 6 – Jack Stivetts throws a no-hitter for the Boston Beaneaters in an 11–0 victory over the Brooklyn Grooms.
  • August 22 – Louisville Colonels pitcher Ben Sanders hurls a no-hitter in a 6–2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
  • September 21 – Pitcher John Clarkson of the Cleveland Spiders records his 300th career win.
  • October 15 – On the last day of the season, Bumpus Jones of the Cincinnati Reds makes his major league debut with a 7–1 no-hitter against Pittsburgh, becoming the second pitcher to hurl a no-hitter in his first start.
  • October 17 – The first-half champion Boston Beaneaters and second-half champion Cleveland Spiders begin a best-of-nine “World’s Championship Series” to determine an overall champion. The first game, pitched by Jack Stivetts for the Beaneaters and Cy Young for the Spiders, ends in a 0–0 tie after 11 innings.
  • October 24 – The Beaneaters win their fifth consecutive game over the Spiders to capture the championship.
  • November 1 – Statistics for the first 154-game season show that Dan Brouthers of the Brooklyn Grooms was the top hitter with a .335 batting average, and Cy Young of the Cleveland Spiders the best pitcher with a 36–11 record and a .766 winning percentage.
  • November 17 – National League magnates conclude a four-day meeting in Chicago where they agree to shorten the 1893 schedule to 132 games and drop the split season schedule (the league’s next split season would be 1981). They also pledge to continue to reduce player salaries and other team expenses.

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