The following is from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker, as part of his ongoing Pirates History feature. The feature focuses on the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and every Sunday, John will take a look at a different piece of that history. Last week John reviewed the 1890 Alleghenys, owners of the worst record in franchise history. This week John looks at the hitters from that 1890 Alleghenys team.
Continuing on from my previous article, I'll now summarize the powerhouse offense that led the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys to 597 runs scored. That number would be just 33 runs behind the second worst scoring team and "only" 638 runs less than they gave up. Let that number sink in for a minute.
The team's leading hitter in 1890 was Doggie Miller, one of the few returnees from the previous season. His .273 batting average was 2nd on the team while his .707 OPS and 66 RBI's led the team. A regular catcher prior to the season, he mainly played 3B but also c...
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.