Kansas City Cowboys (Union Association)

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The Kansas City Cowboys (also Unions and Kaycees) were a baseball team in the Union Association during its only season, 1884. Referred to as the "Cowboys" mostly by historians, they had no official nickname during their short life and were most frequently referred to by local press of the day as the "Unions" and by the press of other cities as the "Kaycees". They were the first professional baseball team to represent Kansas City as well as the city's first major league team.

They began play as a replacement for the Altoona Mountain City, which collapsed in May, and played out the remainder of the season. Despite a 16-63 (.203 WL percentage) finish, the franchise was one of only two (the St. Louis club being the other) in the league to make a profit. In contemporary newspaper reports, the team had Altoona's record (6-19) combined with their own and were considered to have finished last in an eight-team league. The Unions disbanded shortly after the Union Association voted to dissolve.

1884 season[edit]

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 Kansas City Cowboys
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
3B Sullivan, PatPat Sullivan 31 114 22 .193 0
OF McLaughlin, BarneyBarney McLaughlin 42 162 37 .228 0
OF Wyman, FrankFrank Wyman 30 124 27 .218 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
Black, BobBob Black 38 146 36 .247 1
McLaughlin, FrankFrank McLaughlin 32 123 28 .228 1
Veach, Peek-A-BooPeek-A-Boo Veach 27 82 11 .134 1
Wheeler, HarryHarry Wheeler 14 62 16 .258 0
Voss, AlexAlex Voss 14 45 4 .089 0
Donnelly, JamesJames Donnelly 6 23 3 .130 0
Porter, MatthewMatthew Porter 3 12 1 .083 0
Sullivan, TedTed Sullivan 3 9 3 .333 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
Hickman, ErnieErnie Hickman 17 137.1 4 13 4.52 68
Black, BobBob Black 16 123 4 9 3.22 93
Veach, Peek-A-BooPeek-A-Boo Veach 12 104 3 9 2.42 62
Voss, AlexAlex Voss 7 53 0 6 4.25 17
Bakely, JerseyJersey Bakely 5 33 2 3 2.45 13
Blaisdell, DickDick Blaisdell 3 26 0 3 8.65 8
Crothers, DougDoug Crothers 3 25 1 2 1.80 11
Hutchinson, BillBill Hutchinson 2 17 1 1 2.65 5
Wheeler, HarryHarry Wheeler 1 8 0 1 1.13 6
Foreman, FrankFrank Foreman 1 8 0 1 5.63 5
Sullivan, PatPat Sullivan 1 7 0 1 11.57 1

Other 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
McLaughlin, BarneyBarney McLaughlin 7 48.2 1 3 5.36 14
Wyman, FrankFrank Wyman 3 21 0 1 6.86 9
McLaughlin, FrankFrank McLaughlin 2 10 0 0 5.40 3

References and external links[edit]