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Posted 07-04-2017 at 11:38 PM by bjohn13

Brooklyn shortened their name to the Brooklyn Grooms for the 1891 season.

Opening Day Lineup
C Tom Daly
1B Jake Beckley
2B Lou Bierbauer
3B Joseph Herr
SS Dave Drew
LF Lave Cross
CF Billy Hamilton
RF Duke Farrell
SP Charlie Buffington
Mike Slattery and Tommy McCarthy started the year on the disabled list.

Most Common Lineup
C Tom Daly
1B Jake Beckley
2B Lou Bierbauer
3B Joseph Herr
SS Dave Drew
LF Billy Hamilton
CF Mike Slattery
RF Duke Farrell

Pitching Staff
SP Charlie Buffington
SP Ed Beatin
SP Cy Young
SP Jack Stivetts
SP Mike Smith
RP Ed Coughlin
RP Henry Jones
RP Charlie Hallstrom
RP John Cattanach

Things don’t always work out as planned. Amos Rusie was hurt early in April, and Cy Young pitched poorly enough to get sent back to AAA. That left Jack Stivetts, Nat Hudson, and Mike Smith to fight over two rotation spots.

Jake Beckley got off to another slow start. The big heroes on offense were Billy Hamilton, Tommy McCarthy, and Dave Drew.

Brooklyn finished the month with a 17-11 record, one game behind Cincinnati in the National League

Brooklyn went on a tear on the month of May on the heels of a pitching staff that was hitting on all 8 cylinders. Jack Stivetts and Mike Smith filled the 3 and 4 roles in the rotation combining for an ERA under 3 while Charlie Buffington won the National League Pitcher of the Month award.

Brooklyn gained some separation in the National League. At the end of the month, they were on a 11 game winning streak. Second place Boston was 7 ½ games back only due to the fact that they finished the month on a 12 game winning streak of their own.

The immovable force met the unstoppable object in the first week of June as the Brooklyn Grooms, carrying a 12 game winning streak, met the Boston Beaneaters, who were carrying a 13 game winning streak, for a three game set starting on June 2. Brooklyn ended up carrying the day, as their series sweep brought their winning streak up to 15 games.

Brooklyn’s winning streak finally came to an end after 16 consecutive wins against Philadelphia two days later when the Phillies edged Brooklyn 3-2 on June 7. Philadelphia had vaulted into second place, but they were a good 10 ½ games behind Brooklyn.

Brooklyn engaged in a couple of trades in early June. The first one sent outfielder Mike Goodfellow to the Washington Statesman for minor league pitcher John Taber. The second one sent pitchers Mike Kilroy and Ed Fuller to Pittsburgh for young minor league pitcher Ed Eiteljorge. . The day after the Pittsburgh trade, Mike Smith’s elbow gave out while he was on the mound, and Brooklyn eventually announced a few days later that Smith would miss the remainder of the season.

Brooklyn went on a skid after that, losing 7 of their next 10 games including getting swept by the same Boston team that Brooklyn had swept in the big showdown earlier in the month. By the end of the month, Boston had pulled to within 8 ½, and Brooklyn’s bitter remembrance of the failures from the previous two seasons started to again become all too real.

Brooklyn cruised into the break, winning their last six games before the break and re-establishing a 10 game lead in the National League. Brooklyn also had eight representatives in the 1891 All Star Game:

The following players made their eight All Star appearance
Buck Ewing
Fred Dunlap
The following players made their seventh All Star appearance
Jack Lynch
Sam Wise

The following players made their sixth All Star appearance
Bob Emslie
Pete Browning
Charlie Buffington
Otto Schomberg
Bill Wise

The following players made their fifth All Star appearance
Abner Powell
Monte Ward
Oyster Burns
Charlie Sweeney
Lou Bierbauer

Brooklyn had another good month in July despite injuries wreaking havoc on their pitching depth. In mid-July; Nat Hudson, Mike Smith, Cy Young, and Amos Rusie were all starting pitchers in the disabled list. Despite that; Ed Beatin, Jack Stivetts, and Ren Deagle pitched very well while Charlie Buffington won the National League Pitcher of the Month award. Buffington won his 20th game on July 27th.

Billy Hamilton had a scorching month in July, scoring 29 runs and leading the Majors in on base percentage on his way to winning the National League Player of the Month award. Tommy McCarthy and Mike Slattery were Brooklyn’s two best hitters on the year, but both players missed significant time due to injury. Brooklyn’s catching trio Duke Farrell, Tom Daly, and Lave Cross filled in at multiple positions to help Brooklyn get over that hump.

At the end of the month, the Grooms sported the National League’s best pitching, hitting, and defense en route to a 12 game lead in the National League.

Brooklyn was supposed to be spending the month of August getting healthy, but players kept dropping like flies. With Lave Cross, Tommy McCarthy, Mike Slattery, and Lou Bierbauer all spending time on the DL at the same time, between July and August, Brooklyn had a span where they only won 7 of 27 games. That changed on August 20, when Brooklyn began winning again. At the end of August, Brooklyn had a 10 game win streak, their second winning streak of 10 or more games on the season. They had opened up a 13 game lead in the National Leauge with 20 games to play.

Duke Farrell won the National League Player of the Month award for August while Dave Drew and Jake Beckley both picked the right time to get hot.

Brooklyn won six out of their first seven in September to clinch the National League.
The World Series


Team Batting Stats

Team Pitching Stats

Offensive Leaders

Pitching Leaders

Brooklyn Batting Stats

Brooklyn Pitching Stats

The World Series
The Chicago White Sox represented the American League in the 1891 World Series for the second straight season as the Brooklyn Grooms represented the National League for the 4th time in 8 years. Chicago’s John McGraw, Phil Tomney, and Dave Orr led a high octane offense, but the true beauty of this team lied in their trio of 20-game winners: Mickey Welch, Dupee Shaw, and Fleury Sullivan.

With Duke Farrell on the disabled list, Brooklyn’s formidable offense contained potent bat too numerous to name. Their true weakness comes after a formidable 1-2 punch out of the rotation, as Brooklyn does not have a true number 3 starter.
In game one, 22-game winner Dupee Shaw started against 26-game winner Charlie Buffington. Both pitchers left after six innings of work with the score tied 4-4, and Mike Slattery drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 Brooklyn victory.

Brooklyn teed off against Mickey Welch in game two, as Ed Beatin gave up no earned runs in 7 innings of work. Tom Daly had three hits, and Joseph Herr had a three run home run in the seventh to seal the 7-2 victory.

Game three featured Cy Young against Fleury Sullivan, and Brooklyn’s offense again teed off against the Chicago pitching staff. Mike Slattery and Joseph Herr each drove in 2 as Brooklyn took a big 7-3 lead into the bottom of the 7th. A two-RBI single by John McGraw in the 7th and another RBI single by McGraw in the ninth made it a close game, but Al Maul was able to shut the door on the Chicago rally in the 9th to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.

Chicago sent Dupee Shaw to the mound against Charlie Buffington trying to stay alive in game four. Brooklyn didn’t have an answer for Bob Petit. Petit had a triple and home run to go with five RBIs, and Chicago stayed alive with a 6-3 victory.

In game 5, Chicago got off to a 6-0 lead fueled by a 4-4 performance from John McGraw. Jake Beckley keyed off a five run sixth for Brooklyn with a three-run triple, and Brooklyn tied it with an RBI triple in the 8th. Tim O’Rourke drove him the game winner in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single, and the series got ready to head back to Brooklyn with the Grooms leading 3-2.

In game six, Tommy McCarthy drove in 4 while Cy Young gave up a single earned run in 7 innings of work, as the Grooms cruised to a 7-4 victory to win the 1891 World Championship. Joseph Herr was named the World Series MVP.


Offseason Moves

In a minor deal to clear up some roster space, Brooklyn sent pinch hitter Fred Warner and first baseman John McGuinness to the Chicago Colts in return for young pitcher George Boone. Brooklyn then sent shortstop Edward Santry and utility man John Riddle to the New York Giants for minor league reliever John Buckley.

Amateur Draft
Brooklyn traded up to get the first overall pick to obtain “Player of Interest” Willie Keeler. This left Brooklyn with two third-round picks, a fifth rounder, and a sixth rounder.
1. Willie Keeler 3B
2. Brickyard Kennedy P
3. Pink Hawley P
4. Frank Shannon SS
5. Kohly Miller 3B
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