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Boston Beaneaters


[edit] Team History

The Boston Beaneaters was the name by which the Boston, MA National League franchise was known from the 1880s to the early 1900s. That team is sometimes erroneously called the "Braves" in later sources, although than name did not come into use until 1912. The name, which refers to Boston's nickname of "Beantown", derived from the supposed culinary preferences of some of its immigrant inhabitants, was never an official one.

The team was a continuation of the Boston Red Stockings, who began their existence in the National Association in 1871. When the original Red Stockings, the Cincinnati Reds joined the Boston franchise as original members of the National League in 1876, Boston's team became known as the Boston Red Caps to distinguish the two rival franchises. The original Reds did not last long, but when a new Reds team formed as part of the American Association, Boston writers again need a new name for their local team, and settled on "Beaneaters", but they were just as often called the "Boston Nationals", especially after the formation of the rival Boston Americans of the American League in 1901.

As the Boston Beaneaters, the franchise won 6 pennants and appeared in two post-season series, wining the 1892 Championship Series over the Cleveland Spiders.

In 1907, the team was sold to the Dovey brothers and sportswriters christened them the Boston Doves as a result.

[edit] 1883

In their first year as the Beaneaters, the team lead by managers John Morrill and Jack Burdock finished in first place and picked up their seventh overall franchise Pennant, and third National League Pennant. The team finished with a record of 63-35.

[edit] 1884

Still managed by John Morrill, the team fell to second place with a record of 73-38-5.

[edit] 1885

Managed by John Morrill, the team falls to fifth place with a record of 46-66-1 (their worst percentage record up to that point).

[edit] 1886

Finishing in fifth place again, the team increases their win total to 56, and lowers their loss total to 61, but the number of ties remains at 1.

[edit] 1887

The team's managing duties is augmented by the addition of King Kelly to the stewardship of John Morrill. Despite the addition of another manager, the team still ends the season in fifth place (recall that this is a franchise that has won 7 Pennants). Record: 61-60-3-3

[edit] 1888

Having King Kelly return to just being a player seems to have helped the franchise, as the team finishes in fourth place with a record of 70-64-3. Their best results since 1884.

[edit] 1889

Under new 33-year old manager Jim Hart, and in his only year managing the team, the franchise finishes the year in second place with a record of 83-45-5.

[edit] 1890

New manager Frank Selee allows the team to drop back to fifth place, but this time the team has a winning record (76-57-1).

[edit] 1891

Frank Selee returns as manager and leads the team to a first place finish, and the team's second Pennant as the Beaneaters, fourth National League Pennant, and 8th overall Pennant. The team's record: 87-51-2.

[edit] 1892

The team has their best ever season until 1898, winning 102 games, and losing just 48, and with only 2 ties. The team picks up their 9th overall Pennant, (third Beaneater Pennant; Frank Selee still manager).

[edit] 1893

Seeming as if they have returned to their amazing run as the Boston Red Stockings (first incarnation, won 4 Pennants in a row), the team wins their third National League Pennant in a row. The team shows some weakness, though, falling to a record of 86-43-2 (Frank Selee still manager).

[edit] 1894

For the first time since 1890, the team finishes the year out of first place. This time the team finishes with a record of 83-49-1 and third place (just 3 wins less, and 6 losses more than their Pennant winning year of 1893; Frank Selee manages).

[edit] 1895

The team continues to have winning seasons (last losing season back in 1886), but fall to sixth place with a record of 71-60-1-1 under the management of Frank Selee.

[edit] 1896

Still winning, but still out of first place, this time the team raises itself up to fourth place with a record of 74-57-1 under the guidance of Frank Selee.

[edit] 1897

A return to first place, and first Pennant since 1893, the team ends up with a record of 93-39-3 (fifth Beaneater Pennant).

[edit] 1898

Their best year ever (up to that point, and in terms of total wins), winning the same number of games as 1892, but with 1 less loss, the team wins their sixth and final Beaneater Pennant with a record of 102-47-3 still under the management of Frank Selee.

[edit] 1899

Team falls to second place with a record of 95-57-1 (Frank Selee manager).

[edit] 1900

4th place finish, record: 66-72-4; manager: Frank Selee.

[edit] 1901

5th place finish, record: 69-69-2; manager: Frank Selee.

[edit] 1902

3rd place finish, record: 73-64-5; manager: Al Buckenberger.

[edit] 1903

6th place finish, record: 58-80-2; manager: Al Buckenberger.

[edit] 1904

7th place finish, record: 55-98-2; manager: Al Buckenberger.

[edit] 1905

7th place finish, record: 51-103-2; manager: Fred Tenney.

[edit] 1906

8th place finish, record: 49-102-1; manager: Fred Tenney.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Troy Soos: Before the Curse: The Glory Days of New England Baseball, 1858-1918, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2006.
  • Peter Filichia: Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebrations of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks Past and Present, Addison Wesley Publishing Company (March 1993)
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