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. This week John looks at the 1890 Alleghenys, owners of the worst record in Pittsburgh franchise history.
When looking up Pirates futility records a good place to start is the 1890 team. They went 23-113 which will likely remain the second worst record of all-time. As I pointed out in my last article, many of the 1889 players left to go to the Player's League so that would seem like a good reason they were bad. Then again all the NL teams lost many of their players so how did the Alleghenys get so bad?
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.