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    started a topic 1887-1899 Cleveland Blues/Spiders

    1887-1899 Cleveland Blues/Spiders

    Cleveland joined the American Association for the 1887 season, when they were known as the Clevelands or the Blues (because of their uniform color). The team was owned by Frank Robison, who was later joined by his brother Stanley. Before the 1889 season they moved to the National League and became known as the Spiders.

    The Spiders had their first taste of success in 1892 when they finished 93–56 overall; winning the second half by three games over Boston with a 53–23 record. Other than standout second baseman Cupid Childs, the Spiders had an unremarkable offense. Their success in 1892 was built on pitching strength; Cy Young was the NL's most dominant hurler, and 22-year-old rookie Nig Cuppy had an outstanding year. Following the season, a "World's Championship Series" exhibition was played between Cleveland (the winners of the second half of the 1892 split season) and the first-half winner Boston, but the Spiders could only muster one tie in six games.

    In 1895, the Spiders again finished second, this time to the Baltimore Orioles. Young led the league in wins, and left fielder Jesse Burkett won the batting title with a .409 average. The Spiders won the Temple Cup, an 1890s postseason series between the first- and second-place teams in the NL. Amid fan rowdyism and garbage-throwing, the Spiders won four of five games against Baltimore, including two wins for Cy Young.

    The 1895 championship was the high water mark for the franchise. The following season, Baltimore and Cleveland again finished first and second in the NL, but in the battle for the 1896 Temple Cup, the second-place Spiders were swept in four games. In 1897, despite a winning record, the franchise finished fifth, a season highlighted by Young throwing the first of three career no-hitters. The Spiders again finished fifth in 1898.

    In 1899, the Spiders' owners, the Robison brothers, bought the St. Louis Browns out of bankruptcy; the team became known as the Perfectos. They kept the Spiders as well--a blatant conflict of interest. Believing the Perfectos would draw greater attendance in more densely populated St. Louis, the Robisons transferred most of the Cleveland stars, including future Baseball Hall of Famers Cy Young, Jesse Burkett, and Bobby Wallace to St. Louis. They also shifted a large number of Cleveland home games to the road.

    With a decimated roster, the Spiders made a wretched showing. They finished with a dismal won-lost record of 20–134 (.130), 84 games behind the pennant-winning Brooklyn Superbas and 35 games behind the next-to-last (11th) place Washington Senators.

    The Robisons had announced after buying the Perfectos that they intended to run the Spiders as a "sideshow," and Cleveland fans apparently took them at their word. The Spiders' first 16 home games drew a total of 3,179 fans, or an average of 199 fans per game. Due to these meager attendance figures, the other 11 NL teams refused to come to League Park, as their cut of the revenue from ticket sales did not even begin to cover their hotel and travel expenses. The Spiders were thus forced to play 85 of their remaining 93 games on the road. They played a total of 42 home games during the season, including only eight after July 1, and finished 9–33 (.214) at home and 11–101 (.098) on the road. Only 6,088 fans paid to attend Spiders home games in 1899, for an average of a mere 145 spectators per game in 9,000-seat League Park.

    The team's longest winning streak of the season was two games, which they accomplished only on May 20–21. The Spiders’ opponents scored ten or more runs 49 times in 154 games. Pitchers Jim Hughey (4–30) and Charlie Knepper (4–22) tied for the team lead in wins.

    The 12th-place Spiders were one of four teams contracted out of the National League at the end of the 1899 season (the others were the 11th-place Senators, the ninth-place Louisville Colonels, and the fourth-place Baltimore Orioles, who were bankrupt). The 1899 fiasco played a role in the National League passing a rule which barred one person from owning controlling interest in two clubs.

    The short history above has been adapted from the Wikipedia entry on the Cleveland Spiders.

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    1890 Right Fielder/Pitcher Vince Dailey

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    1890 Pitcher Ezra Lincoln

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    1892 Cleveland Spiders
    Currently available at SCP Auctions

    Standing (L-R): Nig Cuppy (P), Jack O'Connor (RF), Cupid Childs (2B), Patsy Tebeau (3B/Mgr.), Jesse Burkett (LF), Ed McKean (SS), Jake Virtue (1B).
    Kneeling (L-R): George Davis (3B), Jimmy McAleer (CF), Cy Young (P), Chief Zimmer (C), John Clarkson (P).

    1893 NL Cleveland 2.jpg

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    1893 Cabinet photos
    Available at SCP Auctions

    Ed McKean, Shortstop
    McKean cabinet 1893.jpg

    Chief Zimmer, Catcher
    Zimmer cabinet formal 1893.jpg




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    1893 Cabinet photos of Cleveland Pitchers
    Available at SCP Auctions

    John Clarkson
    Clarkson cabinet 1893.jpg

    George Davies
    Davies cabinet 1893.jpg

    Tom Williams
    Williams cabinet 1893.jpg

    Cy Young
    Young cabinet 1893 clean.jpg









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    1891 Cabinet Photos
    Available at SCP Auctions

    George Davis, Center Field
    Davis cabinet 1891.jpg

    Ed McKean, Shortstop
    McKean cabinet 1891.jpg

    Jake Virtue, First Base
    Virtue cabinet 1891.jpg

    Cy Young, Pitcher
    Young cabinet 1891.jpg

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  • RUKen
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    Just added to posts #5 and #10, respectively, images from photos currently available in the Fall 2016 Robert Edwards Auction:

    1890 Cleveland Spiders

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    1895 Cleveland Spiders


    1895 NL Cleveland 2.jpg

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    George Davies, Pitcher, 1892-1893

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    Last edited by RUKen; 03-09-2018, 06:25 AM.

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  • RUKen
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    Just added to post #8, the 1893 Cleveland Spiders:

    1893 NL Cleveland.jpg

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    Jay Faatz, 1B, 1888-1889

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    This improved image of the 1890 Cleveland Spiders has just been added to post #5:

    1890 NL Cleveland 2.jpg

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    Gus Alberts, SS/3B, 1888

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    Sy Sutcliffe, Catcher, 1889


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  • RUKen
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    This composite of the 1892 Cleveland Spiders has just been added to post #7 (with IDs):

    1892 NL Cleveland composite.jpg

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    Cannon Ball Bill Stemmyer, Pitcher, 1888

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