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1889 Philadelphia Athletics

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1888 / 1890

75-58, Finished 3rd in American Association (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Bill Sharsig (75-58)
Scored 880 runs, Allowed 787 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 73-60

Ballparks: Jefferson Street Grounds & Gloucester Point Grounds ·
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
Batting - 96, Pitching - 98 · one-year: Batting - 98, Pitching - 97

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1888 / 1890 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from October 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 5, 1888

Purchased Phenomenal Smith from the Baltimore Orioles for $1000 or $1500.

October 14, 1888

Purchased Lave Cross from the Louisville Colonels for $2500 to $3500. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

November 19, 1888

Signed Jack Brennan as a free agent.

March 18, 1889

Signed Ed Knouff as a free agent.

May 27, 1889 (Standings)

Signed John Coleman as a free agent.

May 28, 1889 (Standings)

Released Bill Gleason.

June 8, 1889 (Standings)

Released Ed Knouff.

Released Phenomenal Smith.

June 27, 1889 (Standings)

Purchased Sadie McMahon from Norristown (Middle States).

June 29, 1889 (Standings)

Released Tom Gunning.

September 1, 1889 (Standings)

Released Mike Mattimore.

September 10, 1889 (Standings)

Signed George Bausewine as a free agent.

September 13, 1889 (Standings)

Released John Coleman.

November, 1889

Lou Bierbauer jumped to the Brooklyn Ward's Wonders. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

Lave Cross jumped to the Philadelphia Athletics.

December, 1889

Henry Larkin jumped to the Cleveland Infants. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)


Gus Weyhing jumped to the Brooklyn Ward's Wonders.

January 12, 1890

Harry Stovey jumped to the Boston Reds.

February 1, 1890

Sold Frank Fennelly to the Brooklyn Gladiators. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

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1888 / 1890 Trades and Transactions