1896 Philadelphia Phillies
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Owner(s)Al Reach, John Rogers
Manager(s)Billy Nash
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Preseason

1896 Philadelphia Phillies (April 1896)
1896 Philadelphia Phillies (April 1896)

Baseball pioneer and former Phillies manager Harry Wright had passed away in October 1895. The National League declared April 13, 1896 to be "Wright Day", and the Phillies, along with the other clubs playing that day, dedicated their gate receipts to a memorial in Wright's memory. Wright's arrival as Phillies manager in 1884 brought immediate credibility to the fledging organization, and he exerted a positive influence on the growth of baseball in the area.

The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "Harry Wright came to this city in the zenith of his powers as a base ball manager, and what he did for the development of the local end of the national game of base ball is a matter of history. It was here that he passed the evening of his life, beloved by all whose good fortune it was to know him. Here it was that he had his little home stake, and here in the impressive silence of beautiful West Laurel Hill his mortal remains lie buried. His work was an honor to Philadelphians, who will doubtless turn and give substantial evidence of their appreciation of that honor."[1]

The Inquirer rallied the city's amateur base ball organizations to attend the game in numbers.[2] 4,000 fans attended the Phillies exhibition game at Philadelphia Ball Park against the Atlantic League Philadelphia Athletics, raising $1,400 for the Wright memorial.[3]

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 90 39 0.698 49–16 41–23
Cleveland Spiders 80 48 0.625 43–19 37–29
Cincinnati Reds 77 50 0.606 12 51–15 26–35
Boston Beaneaters 74 57 0.565 17 42–24 32–33
Chicago Colts 71 57 0.555 18½ 42–24 29–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 63 0.512 24 35–31 31–32
New York Giants 64 67 0.489 27 39–26 25–41
Philadelphia Phillies 62 68 0.477 28½ 42–27 20–41
Washington Senators 58 73 0.443 33 38–29 20–44
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 58 73 0.443 33 35–28 23–45
St. Louis Browns 40 90 0.308 50½ 27–34 13–56
Louisville Colonels 38 93 0.290 53 25–37 13–56

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS BR CHI CIN CLE LOU NYG PHI PIT STL WSH
Baltimore 5–7 6–6 7–4–2 10–2 3–8–1 10–2 9–3 12–0 9–2 9–3 10–2
Boston 7–5 10–2 3–9 5–6 5–7–1 8–4 7–5 7–5 7–5 8–4 7–5
Brooklyn 6–6 2–10 6–6 2–10 5–7 8–4 4–8 8–4 6–5–1 7–5 4–8–1
Chicago 4–7–2 9–3 6–6 4–6–1 2–9–1 9–3 5–7 4–8 11–1 9–3 8–4
Cincinnati 2–10 6–5 10–2 6–4–1 6–5 9–3 6–6 8–4 5–7 12–0 7–4
Cleveland 8–3–1 7–5–1 5–7 9–2–1 5–6 8–3–2 7–5 6–6 4–8–1 10–2 9–3–1
Louisville 2–10 4–8 4–8 3–9 3–9 3–8–2 4–8–1 7–5 2–10 3–9 3–9
New York 3–9 5–7 8–4 7–5 6–6 5–7 8–4–1 3–8 4–8 9–3–1 6–6
Philadelphia 0–12 5–7 4–8 8–4 4–8 6–6 5–7 8–3 6–6 8–3 8–4
Pittsburgh 2–9 5–7 5–6–1 1–11 7–5 8–4–1 10–2 8–4 6–6 8–3 6–6
St. Louis 3–9 4–8 5–7 3–9 0–12 2–10 9–3 3–9–1 3–8 3–8 5–7
Washington 2–10 5–7 8–4–1 4–8 4–7 3–9–1 9–3 6–6 4–8 6–6 5–7


Roster

1896 Philadelphia Phillies
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Infielders

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Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Mike Grady 71 242 77 .318 1 44
1B Dan Brouthers 57 218 75 .344 1 41
2B Bill Hallman 120 469 150 .320 2 83
3B Billy Nash 65 227 56 .247 3 30
SS Billy Hulen 88 339 90 .265 0 38
OF Sam Thompson 119 517 154 .298 12 100
OF Ed Delahanty 123 499 198 .397 13 126
OF Duff Cooley 64 287 88 .307 2 22

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Lave Cross 106 406 104 .256 1 73
Joe Sullivan 48 191 48 .251 2 24
Jack Clements 57 184 66 .359 5 45
Nap Lajoie 39 175 57 .326 4 42
Jack Boyle 40 145 43 .297 1 28
Sam Mertes 37 143 34 .238 0 14
Phil Geier 17 56 13 .232 0 6
William Gallagher 14 49 15 .306 0 6
Tuck Turner 13 32 7 .219 0 0
Ben Ellis 4 16 1 .063 0 0
Dan Leahy 2 6 2 .333 0 1

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jack Taylor 45 359.0 20 21 4.79 97
Al Orth 25 196.0 15 10 4.41 23
Kid Carsey 27 187.1 11 11 5.62 36
Harry Keener 16 113.1 3 11 5.88 28
Willie McGill 12 79.2 5 4 5.31 29
Ad Gumbert 11 77.1 5 3 4.54 14
Con Lucid 5 42.0 1 4 8.36 3
Jerry Nops 1 7.0 1 0 5.14 1

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
George Wheeler 3 16.1 1 1 3.86 2
Ned Garvin 2 13.0 0 1 7.62 4
Bert Inks 3 10.1 0 1 7.84 2
Bill Whitrock 2 9.0 0 1 3.00 1

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Charlie Jordan 2 0 0 0 7.71 3
Bill Hallman 1 0 0 0 18.00 0

References

  1. ^ "Current Sporting Chat: Arrangements Completed for the Proper Observance of the Harry Wright Memorial". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 2, 1896. p. 5.
  2. ^ "Harry Wright Memorial; Enthusiastic Meeting of Amateur Base Ball Representatives at Inquirer Offices". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 3, 1896. p. 5.
  3. ^ "Wright Day Celebrated". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 14, 1896. p. 5.