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Inferior working conditions and relatively low pay continued to cause acrimony among major league players as the 1900 campaign got underway.  Poor treatment of players by National League owners helped facilitate the establishment of a rival American League the following year, enabling many of the game’s top stars to offer their talents to the highest bidder.  But, at least for one more season, the National League functioned as a single entity in major league baseball, serving as the only channel through which players could earn a living.

Once the season began, it soon became apparent that only three teams had a legitimate chance of capturing the pennant.  The Brooklyn Superbas, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Philadelphia Phillies ended up being the only three clubs in the eight-team league to post a winning record.  Brooklyn won the pennant by finishing the campaign with a record of 82-54.  Pittsburgh placed second, 4 ½ games back, with a mark of 79-60.  Philadelphia finished third, eight games out, with a record of 75-63.  The Boston Beaneaters, Chicago Orphans, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Giants took up the final five spots, with New York finishing last in the circuit, 23 games behind first-place Brooklyn.

The pennant-winning Superbas were led by their outstanding pitcher, “Iron Man” Joe McGinnity, who earned his nickname by routinely working both ends of doubleheaders.  McGinnity posted a record of 28-8, to lead all N.L. hurlers in victories and winning percentage (.778).  The right-hander also topped the circuit with 343 innings pitched, and he placed among the leaders with a 2.94 ERA.   

The second-place Pirates had the league’s best player in Honus Wagner.  The Pittsburgh shortstop finished among the N.L. leaders in every major offensive category, except home runs.  In addition to placing among the league leaders with 100 runs batted in, 107 runs scored, and 201 hits, he topped the circuit with a .381 batting average, 22 triples, 45 doubles, a .573 slugging percentage, and 302 total bases.  The Pirates also featured one of the league’s top pitchers in Rube Waddell, who posted a league-leading 2.37 ERA.  

Meanwhile, third-place Philadelphia’s lineup included outfielder Elmer Flick, who led the league with 110 runs batted in and finished second in the N.L. rankings with 11 home runs, a .367 batting average, a .545 slugging percentage, and 297 total bases.

Outstanding individual achievements over the course of the campaign included the 20th century’s first no-hitter, thrown by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Noodles Hahn against the Philadelphia Phillies during a 4-0 victory on July 12th.  Almost two months later, on September 7th, Kid Nichols of the Boston Beaneaters recorded the 300th win of his career.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1354 4860 816 1423 676 .253 199 81 26 274 1862 .375 .312 .717 78
BSN 1382 4952 778 1403 676 .242 163 68 48 182 1846 .333 .315 .665 107
CHN 1370 4907 635 1276 519 .205 202 51 33 189 1679 .320 .257 .605 130
CIN 1376 5026 703 1335 591 .249 178 83 33 183 1778 .319 .326 .646 108
NY1 1352 4724 713 1317 564 .232 177 61 23 236 1685 .333 .289 .636 80
PHI 1337 4969 810 1439 694 .274 187 82 29 205 1877 .361 .339 .700 113
PIT 1349 4817 733 1312 602 .223 185 100 26 174 1775 .317 .345 .707 110
SLN 1353 4877 744 1420 602 .234 141 81 36 243 1831 .357 .298 .681 80

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 181 81 54 1225 300 405 1645 1370 30 42.070 530 722 104 8 4 22 2
BSN 171 66 72 1240 340 463 962 1263 59 38.920 513 739 116 8 2 36 4
CHN 155 65 75 1270 357 324 98 1375 21 30.850 456 751 137 9 1 25 0
CIN 171 62 77 1274 399 404 0 1383 28 26.120 543 745 118 9 1 31 1
NY1 172 60 78 1208 277 442 158 1423 26 37.610 531 823 113 4 0 32 4
PHI 169 75 63 1249 284 402 0 1506 29 47.190 573 792 116 7 3 23 2
PIT 170 79 60 1230 415 295 1812 1232 24 67.450 418 612 114 11 1 28 1
SLN 167 65 74 1218 325 299 1325 1373 37 39.350 508 748 117 12 0 23 2

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1340 5824 3672 1849 303 .939 0 0 0 0 29
BSN 1336 5808 3720 1815 273 .939 0 0 0 0 49
CHN 1353 6206 3808 1980 418 .916 0 0 0 0 38
CIN 1347 6190 3822 2027 341 .907 0 0 0 0 46
NY1 1328 6084 3617 2028 439 .869 0 0 0 0 37
PHI 1325 6029 3744 1955 330 .923 0 0 0 0 57
PIT 1321 5839 3685 1832 322 .911 0 0 0 0 43
SLN 1322 5813 3648 1834 331 .904 0 0 0 0 32

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Brooklyn Superbas, Elmer Flick, Honus Wagner, Joe McGinnity, Kid Nichols, Noodles Hahn, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rube Waddell

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