Jays fans look to March 11, 1899 for hope

In light of Jeffrey Loria’s recent oppression of Florida Marlins fans let’s take a look at the 1898 Baltimore Orioles of the National League.

96-53 (2nd in NL)

Manager: Ned Hanlon*

1B: Dan McGann

SS: Hughie Jennings

OF: Willie Keeler

OF: Joe Kelley

SP: Doc McJames

SP: Jim Hughes

Now peruse the 1899 Brooklyn Superbas.

101-47 (NL Champs)

Manager: Ned Hanlon

1B: Dan McGann

OF: Willie Keeler

OF: Joe Kelley

1B: Hughie Jennings

SP: Doc McJames

SP: Jim Hughes

What happened this week between the Marlins and Blue Jays reckons back to March 11, 1899.  Half dozen of the nine best players on the NL Orioles were assigned to the Brooklyn Superbas on this fateful day.  This paved the way for a 10th to 1st place finish for the former Brooklyn Bridegrooms that year.

Could circa 1899 Brooklyn repeat itself in Toronto this year?

*SABR has a nice article on the stock swap and Ned Hanlon’s HOF career

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Posted on November 17, 2012, in Hall of Fame, managers and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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