Sioux City Cornhuskers

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Team History[edit]

When the American League began as the Western League in 1894, one team led practically all season and took home the title - the Sioux City Cornhuskers of Sioux City, IA. The club averaged 10.5 runs per game, second in the league. The top pitcher was Bill Hart (29-16, 3.71), who led the league in ERA and was third in victories. Bert Cunningham (33-18, 4.22) was second in the WL in wins and innings (456), third in strikeouts (151) and tied for the lead in complete games (45). Outfielders George Hogreiver (.350/~.395/.595, 93 SB) and Frank Genins (.374/~.428/.545, 86 SB) were first and second in the league in steals and both were in the top 3 in outfield fielding percentage. Hogreiver had 20 or more doubles (30), triples (a league-leading 27) and homers (20). 2B Ace Stewart (.317/~.386/.559) fell a triple shy of that trifecta. Catcher Frank Kraus (.359/~.485/.502) was second in the WL with 79 walks and led in OBP (using BB+H over AB+BB as a very simplistic OBP measure). The Cornhuskers went 74-51 but drew poorly and were replaced the next season by the St. Paul Apostles.


Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1888 21-38 -- William Bryan / James Powell Team began play July 4 and later disbanded
1889 59-61 4th James Powell none
1890 55-64 5th James Powell none
1891 66-57 1st Al Buckenberger none League Champs
1894 74-52 1st Bill Watkins none League Champs
1900 49-48 3rd Jack Glasscock none
1902 56-40 3rd Ed Kirby none