Hartford, CT joined the Eastern League in 1899 as the Hartford Indians. They finished sixth of teams at 50-56 under manager Billy Barnie. OF Tuck Turner hit .335 and splitting first base duties were Mike Kelley (.330) and Bill Massey (.360). The most famous member of the team in retrospect was OF Lou Sockalexis, hitting just .198 that year in 24 games.
Barnie was replaced by Billy Shindle as manager during 1900 and the club finished third at 68-55. Wild Bill Donovan was the most-used pitcher and hit .292 as well to lead the team in average. The rest of the staff included Ralph Miller, Patsy Flaherty and George Hemming. The offense was bell-balanced and included Tucker (.282, a team-high 86 runs), Shindle (.274, 75 R) and ex-pitcher Scott Stratton (.286, used as an outfielder).
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