1872 Baltimore Canaries
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The 1872 Baltimore Canaries did quite well, finishing second in the NA in their first season in the association. The team posted a record of 35-19, tying the 1872 Mutuals for the most games played in the season. However, the Canaries went 0-7 against the 1872 Boston Red Stockings, who topped the association.
Although the team was new, the players had all played in the association in 1871, mostly with Troy or the Washington Olympics. The team's average age was 24.5, with three players who were 27 and none who were under 20.
The 1872 team's top hitter, by far, was the diminuitive Davy Force who hit .432 on a team which hit .290 in a league which hit .286. Force had virtually no power, though, with only four extra-base hits, while Lip Pike had 26 extra-base hits. George Hall had the most doubles and triples while Pike had the most homers. Pike led the team in RBI while Dick Higham was the top run-scorer.
The Canaries used only two pitchers. Bobby Mathews, although only 20, was already a veteran of amateur and NA ball, and went 25-18. Cherokee Fisher, one of the oldest players on the team at age 27, was 10-1 with the third-best ERA in the association.
The Canaries would play well again in 1873 but do terribly in their last year, 1874. Most of the 1872 players would carry over to the 1873 team but not a single one would appear in the 1874 team as they spread around the league to other teams.