St. Paul Saints (UA)

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The St. Paul Saints,[1][2] also known as the Apostles[3] or the White Caps,[4][5] were a replacement Major League Baseball team that represented St. Paul, Minnesota in the short-lived Union Association, which existed for the 1884 season only. The team began the 1884 season in the Northwestern League as the Apostles.[6] In September of that year, after compiling a 24-48 record, the team jumped to the Union Association along with the Milwaukee Brewers. The club finished its short stint in the Association with a 2-6-1 record in nine road games, earning the distinction of being the only major league team not to play a single home game.[6] The team was managed by Andrew Thompson.[7] They played their home games at Fort Street Grounds.

Their top-hitting regular was pitcher/outfielder Jim Brown, who had five hits in 16 at bats, for a batting average of .312, hit four doubles, and a slugging percentage of .562.[8] The team also included Charlie Ganzel, their catcher, who went on to play in 786 games in a 14 season career, most notably with the Detroit Wolverines and the Boston Beaneaters.[9]

1884 season[edit]

The 1884 St. Paul Saints (variously known also as the "White Caps" or "Apostles") joined the Union Association on September 27, 1884, partway through its season after starting the season in the Northwestern League.[10] They finished with a 2–6–1 record. After the season the UA folded, as did the Saints.

Season standings[edit]

Union Association W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Maroons 94 19 0.832 49–6 45–13
Cincinnati Outlaw Reds 69 36 0.657 21 35–17 34–19
Baltimore Monumentals 58 47 0.552 32 29–21 29–26
Boston Reds 58 51 0.532 34 34–22 24–29
Milwaukee Brewers 8 5 0.615 36 8–4 0–1
St. Paul Saints 2 6 0.250 39½ 0–0 2–6
Chicago Browns/Pittsburgh Stogies 41 50 0.451 42 21–19 20–31
Altoona Mountain City 6 19 0.240 44 6–12 0–7
Wilmington Quicksteps 2 16 0.111 44½ 1–6 1–10
Washington Nationals (UA) 47 65 0.420 46½ 36–27 11–38
Philadelphia Keystones 21 46 0.313 50 14–21 7–25
Kansas City Cowboys 16 63 0.203 61 11–23 5–40


Roster[edit]

1884 St. Paul Saints
Roster
Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders Outfielders Manager

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR
C Ganzel, CharlieCharlie Ganzel 7 23 5 .217 0
1B Dunn, SteveSteve Dunn 9 32 8 .250 0
2B Hengel, MoxieMoxie Hengel 9 33 5 .152 0
3B O'Brien, BillyBilly O'Brien 9 30 7 .233 0
SS Werrick, JoeJoe Werrick 9 27 2 .074 0
OF Tilley, JohnJohn Tilley 9 26 4 .154 0
OF Barnes, BillBill Barnes 8 30 6 .200 0
OF Carroll, ScrappyScrappy Carroll 9 31 3 .097 0

Other batters[edit]

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR
Dealy, PatPat Dealy 5 15 2 .133 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Brown, JimJim Brown 6 36 1 4 3.75 20
Galvin, LouLou Galvin 3 25 0 2 2.88 17

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
O'Brien, BillyBilly O'Brien 2 1 0 0 1.80 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St. Paul Saints (1884)". retrosheet.org. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  2. ^ "St. Paul Saints' Sortable Player Stats". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  3. ^ "St. Paul Apostles History & Encyclopedia". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Complete Baseball Team and Baseball Team Encyclopedias". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  5. ^ "1884 St. Paul White Caps Roster". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  6. ^ a b Weiss, Bill; Marshall Wright. "Team # 91--1923 ST. PAUL SAINTS (111 –57)". minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  7. ^ "Andrew Thompson". retrosheet.org. Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ "1884 St. Paul Apostles statistics". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  9. ^ "Charlie Ganzel's career statistics". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  10. ^ Thornley, Stew: Baseball in Minnesota, page 22. Minnesota Historical Society, 2006