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The 1892 Season

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Posted 07-16-2017 at 08:45 PM by bjohn13

Opening Day Lineup
C Tom Daly
1B Jake Beckley
2B Lou Bierbauer
3B Joseph Herr
SS Dave Drew
LF Billy Hamilton
CF Mike Slattery
RF Tommy McCarthy
P Charlie Buffington

Most Common Lineup
C Tom Daly
1B Jake Beckley
2B Lou Bierbauer
3B Joseph Herr
SS Tommy Corcoran
LF Duke Farrell
CF Billy Hamilton
RF TommyMcCarthy

Pitching Staff
SP Charlie Buffington
SP Ed Beatin
SP Nat Hudson
SP Jack Stivetts
SP Mike Smith
RP Ed Coughlin
RP Alex Jones
RP Henry Jones
RP George Nicol

The same core group of players made up the Brooklyn lineup for the fifth consecutive season while the two-man combo of Buffington and Beatin were about to start their fifth season together. Interestingly, the last pitchers not named Buffington or Beatin to pitch 200 innings in a season for Brooklyn were the trio of Henry Porter, Ed Cushman, and Ed Daily in 1884.

On opening day, Brooklyn got word that Amos Rusie was slated to miss the entire season and Cy Young was slated to miss most of the season.

A handful of Brooklyn players really had stand out months in April. Charlie Buffington won the National League Pitcher of the Month award, going 6-2 over 8 starts. Ed Beatin may have even had a better month, posting a 1.60 ERA in 7 starts, but Beatin’s 3-2 record likely precluded him from any discussion for the monthly award.

Brooklyn’s offense was interesting. With Billy Hamilton winning the National League Player of the Month award and posting an astronomical .533 on base percentage on the month, it would seem as if Brooklyn’s offense would dominate. But Hamilton’s classmate Jake Beckley was the only other player providing any offensive punch.

Brooklyn finished the month with a 9-game winning streak which helped to erase a tough start. Going into May, they were 19-10 with a 1 ½ game lead over Cincinnati in the National League.

Brooklyn sent three pitchers; Ren Deagle, Charlie Hallstrom, and Mike Corcoran; over to Baltimore for a young catcher named Tom Hess.

May was Charlie Buffington’s and Ed Beatin’s month. They combined to go 10-0 on the month. Buffington pitched into the ninth with a shutout in five straight games. By the end of the month, Brooklyn had a 4 ½ game lead over Cincinnati in the National League.

Brooklyn concentrated heavily on defense with Drew out of the lineup. With Tommy Corcoran at shortstop and Joseph Herr at third, Brooklyn’s infield provided strength on defense with very little pop on offense.

June was a tough month for Brooklyn. With Mike Slattery and Tommy McCarthy both going on the disabled list again, Brooklyn’s trio of catchers who effectively provided backup in the outfield were having a tough season trying to overcome those losses.

Duke Farrell, Tom Daly, and Lave Cross were all hitting below .250 in the starting lineup. Adding to the trouble, Joseph Herr, Tommy Corcoran, and Lou Bierbauer were all also having miserable seasons. The saving grace on offense was the fact that Billy Hamilton and Jake Beckley were having outstanding seasons.

The pitching staff was stellar with Charlie Buffington winning his 15th game by the midpoint of the season with Ed Beatin turning in 10 within that same time. Nat Hudson surpassed 100 innings pitched with an ERA under 3. Ed Coughlin delivered a tremendous first half from the bullpen, and rookie George Nicol came out of AAA on fire posting a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings pitched in the first half of the season.

Brooklyn closed the month with a three-game series against second place Cincinnati. Brooklyn held a 2 ½ game lead over Cincinnati which was whittled down to a single game with Cincinnati won the first two games of the series. Brooklyn came out of the series with their lead intact when Charlie Buffington was able to deliver his 15th win against Jocko Flynn in the third game of the series. Brooklyn’s lead stood at 1 ½ games at the end of the month.

Brooklyn got off to a terrible start in July as Jake Beckley hit the DL with a hand injury. Brooklyn actually finished the month leading the National League in hitting at .259, but for most of the month, Billy Hamilton was the only player in the lineup who exceeded that average.

Brooklyn played under .500 for the second straight month, and they went into August 4 games behind Cincinnati in third place.

1892 would prove to be a year where the Grooms just could not get healthy. Dave Drew made an appearance in the lineup in August, and after two games, he shattered his knee cap. Brooklyn is hoping he’ll be ready for Spring next year. Tommy McCarthy was knocked out of the lineup again with a groin injury as well.

Brooklyn began to fall further back, as a 12-16 month put them 7 games out of first place.

Brooklyn made a run of it in September, starting off the month by sweeping first place Philadelphia. Going into the first weekend of the month, there were only three games separating the top four teams in the National League with Brooklyn being three games out in fourth place. Unfortunately, they would never get any closer as the bullpen completely fell apart in the final two weeks of the season blowing 4 saves and compiling an overall record of 0-5 on the month. Brooklyn finished the season in fourth place, five games behind the pennant winning Cincinnati Reds.

Former Brooklyn pitcher Mark Baldwin won the American League Pitcher of the Month award for September while Billy Hamilton ended up winning the National League batting title.


Brooklyn Hitting Stats

Brooklyn Pitching Stats

Hitting Leaders

Pitching Leaders

The World Series
The Boston Americans were making their second trip to the World Series with the Cincinnati Reds making their first. The Cleveland Spiders and Philadelphia Athletics remained the only two American League teams to never make it to the World Series while the Boston Beaneaters, the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, the St. Louis Browns, and the Chicago Colts all had yet to represent the National League.

Boston’s offense revolved around the bat of Dusty Miller, and with him on the disabled list, there were definite concerns about them being able to put runs on the board. In the pitching staff, Boston converted three-time reliever of the year award winner Bob Ernslie to a starter, and he turned out to the the staff ace winning 18 games in 38 starts. The rest of the rotation included George Haddock, Old Hoss Radbourn, and Henry Gruber. Adding Hank Gastright from the bullpen gives Boston one of the best pitching staffs in the American League.

Bobby Lowe and Hugh Duffy led Cincinnati offensively, but Cincinnati came into the World Series as a huge favorite due to the success of the one-two punch they had coming out of the rotation. Dick Burns was a 21 game winner who turned in an astounding 1.71 ERA and a phenomenal 0.95 WHIP. Jocko Flynn only won 15, but his 1.71 ERA and 1.05 WHIP were also dominant. With Jesse Duryea and Jim Whitney coming out of the bullpen, Cincinnati led the National League in ERA from both their starters and out of the bullpen.

In an interesting move, Boston elected to move Bob Ernslie to the bullpen for the World Series. But with George Haddock leaving the game in the second inning with elbow problems, Ernslie came in to pitch five innings of relief to earn the win with Boston going up 1-0 in the series.

Game two saw Jocko Flynn pitch a 2-hit shutout through a 60 minute rain delay in the third inning to even the series at a game apiece. Ned Williamson had a two-run home run for Cincinnati in the 4th inning.
The Cincinnati pitching staff continued to dominate into game three with four pitchers combining to pitch a six-hit shutout against the Americans. Billy Otterson has two RBIs for the Reds.

Game four saw Dick Burns pitch five shutout innings while Henry Taylor drove in two to give Cincinnati a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.

In game five, Jocko Flynn gave up two runs in 5 1/3 to earn the win while Hugh Duffy went 3-4 to seal the championship for the Reds. Flynn won the series MVP award.


Amateur Draft
Brooklyn took the following players in the 1892 Amateur Draft:
1. Red Donahue
2. Bill Rotes
3. Con Lucid
4. Seth Sigsby

Offseason Moves
Many moves were made during the 1892 winter meetings.

Brooklyn traded Mike Slattery to the Chicago Colts for Mack Taylor

Brooklyn traded Ed Coughlin to the Baltimore Orioles for Charlie Heard

Brooklyn traded Lou Galvin to the Boston Americans for Mark McGrillis

Brooklyn sent William McCaffrey, Al Maul, and Tom Daly to the St. Louis Browns for Mike Flynn.

Aftter all of that dealing, only three Brooklyn players remain who were taken in the 1884 inaugural draft:

John Cattanach
Tommy McCarthy
Dave Drew
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