National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs in 1894


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.

1894 was Season 19 of play for the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NL) and took place 130 years ago.


Major League

Season Length

April 19, 1894 to September 30, 1894

Season Champion

Baltimore Orioles

# of Teams


Season Standings

Season Playoffs

In 1894, the National League had the top two teams in the standings at the end of the year play a best of seven series for the Temple Cup. The Pirates’ president, William Chase Temple, had an $800 trophy minted and he donated it to the league. Much like the long running Stanley Cup and the Temple Cup’s baseball predecessor, the Dauvray Cup (awarded 1887–1893), there was only one actual Temple Cup to be passed along to each baseball season’s winning team and city.

The 2nd placed New York Giants defeated the 1st placed Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 0 to win the 1st Temple Cup.

World Series

There was no World Series Championship, with the last being played the 1891 Season, 133 years ago.

Events in Baseball (Thanks to Wikipedia)

Notable seasons
  • Boston Beaneaters center fielder Hugh Duffy set the MLB single-season record for batting average (.440). He also led the NL in hits (237), home runs (18), total bases (374), and runs scored (160). He was second in the NL in slugging percentage (.694) and runs batted in (145). He was third in the NL in on-base percentage (.502) and adjusted OPS+ (173).
  • New York Giants pitcher Amos Rusie had a win–loss record of 36–13 and led the NL in wins (36), earned run average (2.78), adjusted ERA+ (188), and strikeouts (195). He was second in the NL in innings pitched (444).
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