A New League
At the end of the 1891 season, the American Association folded and four of its teams were incorporated into the National League. From 1892 until 1899 the National League would operate with 12 teams. The new National League teams were: the St. Louis Browns, the Louisville Colonels, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Washington Nationals.
In 1892, the new league would play a 154 game schedule divided into two halves. The Phillies (46-30-1) finished third in the first half, fifth (41-36-1) in the second half, and fourth (87-66) overall.

From 1892 through 1898 the National League was dominated by the Boston Beaneaters (four pennants) led by outfielder Hugh Duffy and pitchers Kid Nichols and “Happy Jack” Shivetts who both went 35-16 in 1882 as the Beaneaters won 102 games.  In 1892, their first year in the National League, the Baltimore Orioles finished last, but they quickly turned that around winning consecutive pennants in 1894,1895, and 1896  spurred by strong pitching from Sadie McMahon, and outstanding play from outfielder Wee Willie (5’4”, 140 lbs) Keeler, infielder John “Mugsie” McGraw, and catcher Uncle Wilbert Robinson.

On the face of it, the 1892 Phillies were not as good as might have been expected considering their three stars outfield, and that righthander Gus Weyhing won 32 games.
Billy Hamilton stole only 57 bases and scored 132 runs, hitting ,330 with an on base percentage of .423 as he grabbed 81 walks. Sam Thompson hit.305 with 104 RBIs and struck only 19 times in 679 plate appearances. First baseman Roger Connor led the team with 12 homeruns.

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