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Quakers No More; A Third Place Phillies Finish and a Plus .500 Season
The Quakers became the Phillies and the New York Gothams became the Giants.
Once again, the league composition changed, the Cleveland Blues replaced by the St. Louis Maroons. Once again the team opened with a long homestand; from May 2 until June 1; they went 14-9 including
two 5-game winning streaks. After beating the Giants in New York on June 2, the Phillies reached their season high water mark with a 15-9 record. But it was a tough June, and on the last day of the month, after breathing Midwestern air in Chicago and St.Louis for a week, the Phillies fell to the Maroons, dropping below .500 from where it took them three months to recover.
Edward Sylvester Nolan, better known as The Only Nolan, was not much help. The Only One somehow squeezed into Harry Wright’s pitching rotation in the month of July, and between the 14th and the
31st managed to lose five games. The Only was still on the team in October, holding the league champion Chicago White Stockings to 11 runs in a 12-11 Phillies win that pushed the team to a 56-54final win-loss total, the first winning record in team history, and a third place finish, but a
numbing 30 games behind the winners.
For the new Phillies, Charlie Ferguson hit .306 playing leftfield when not pitching. On the mound he won 26 games and lost 20 with a 2.22 ERA. On August 29, the lad pitched a no hit-no run game, a 1-0 win over the Providence Grays’ lefthander Dupee Shaw. Two days earlier, Ferguson had shutout“Old Hoss” Radbourn in a 3-0 Phillies’ win.
Defensively, the team took a big step up with “only” 447 errors, 89 fewer than in 1884, and but 104 passed balls, half as many as before. And this year, only three catchers, but still 116 errors.
Attendance jumped again, to 150,698 compared to the league average 94,063.
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Tags - Philadelphia Quakers, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Gothams, New York Giants, Cleveland Blues, St.Louis Maroons, Chicago White Stockings, The Only Nolan, Old Hoss Radbourn, Dupee Shaw, Charlie Ferguson, the Statue of Liberty.
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