Cleveland Infants

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The Cleveland Infants were a one-year baseball team in the Players' League. Owned by Al Johnson, the Infants finished 1890, their lone season, with 55 wins and 75 losses. Their home games were played at Brotherhood Park.[1]

The team[edit]

The Infants featured star hitter Pete Browning. Browning had defected to the Players' League from the American Association's Louisville Colonels, who had finished the 1889 season with a 27-111 win-loss record.[2] Browning hit for a .373 batting average in 1890, leading the Players' League.[3] He also led the league in doubles. At one point during the season, he was running the bases and broke up a no-hitter by pitcher Ad Gumbert in the ninth inning of a game. With two outs, Browning was on first base after being hit by a pitch. The batter hit a ground ball and Browning let the ball hit his foot, rendering himself out but crediting the batter with a hit under the rules of that era.[4]


See also[edit]

1890 Cleveland Infants season

External links[edit]

Team history and Encyclopedia


  1. ^ Project Ballpark
  2. ^ Keenan, Jimmy (2013). "The First Worst to First". In Felber, Bill; Fimoff, Mark; Levin, Len et al. Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games that Shaped the 19th Century. Society for American Baseball Research. p. 231. ISBN 1933599421. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Spatz, Lyle (2012). Historical Dictionary of Baseball. Scarecrow Press. p. 82. ISBN 0810879549. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ Faber, Charles (2014). Baseball Prodigies: Best Major League Seasons by Players Under 21. McFarland. p. 17. ISBN 0786473312.