Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April 15, 1899: The Perfectos Pummel The Spiders On Opening Day

     On April 15, 1899, Cy Young and the St. Louis Perfectos opened the season with a 10-1 victory over the Spiders in Cleveland. Young, along with the rest of the St. Louis starting lineup had all played in Cleveland the previous year, and posted an 81-68 record.  Meanwhile, the 1898 Browns posted an abysmal 39-111 record. The flip flop of rosters came after Frank and Stanley Robison purchased the Browns, and chose to send their best players to the Mound City. The Perfectos posted an 84-67 record with the revamped roster. The Spiders club went onto post the worst record in the history of Major League Baseball, winning only 20 games while losing 134. The fans in Cleveland turned their backs to the club, which led to the Robison's having the club playing 112 of their 154 games on the road. The Spiders disbanded following that season, while the Perfectos took on a new moniker in 1900. They would be known as the Cardinals.

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