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Reach Calls It Quits
Sixteen years earlier, Al Reach and John Rogers were the two men primarily responsible for bringing a Major League baseball franchise to Philadelphia after they won the rights to the Worcester No Names through a lottery drawing. Reach, like Harry Wright, had been English-born, and had been playing professional baseball in the U.S. since the early 1860s; he served as Quakers/Phillies team president from 1883 until 1899 when he sold his interest to Rogers. Rogers was a lawyer and politician. The two endured a stormy relationship over the years, often disagreeing over team policy, until this year when Reach decided to cash in his chips. Lawyer Rogers is seen as one of the baseball executives responsible for establishing the reserve clause that for nearly 100 years gave franchises the right to prevent players from moving from one team to another as a free agent.
On the field, teams played a 154-game schedule for the second time; the Phillies won 94 games, but trailed the Billy Hamilton-led Boston Beaneaters who won 95, and the Brooklyn Superbas who won 101. The Phillies were first in attendance with 388, 933.
People wanted to see the big boppers – Ed Delahanty hit .410, a career high, the third time he had hit over .400. In major league history only Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby could match this feat. Nap Lajoie hit .378, Elmer Flick .342. The team scored 916 runs. The pitching was good, they led the league with 15 shutouts – Wiley Piatt (23-15), Red Donahue (21-8), and Chick Fraser (21-12), all won more than 20 games; Al Orth was 14-3.
Cy Young, now with the St. Louis Perfectos, was 26-16 on the year with 40 complete games and four shutouts, two against the Phllies.By max blue