Newark Little Giants

From BR Bullpen

The Newark Little Giants were members of the Eastern League in 1886.

They then played one season in the International League. In 1887 the team went 59-39, the fourth-best record in a league that featured 12 teams during the season. The club from Newark, NJ was just 4 and a half games behind the Toronto Canucks in a close race. Charlie Hackett and Lawrence Murphy both served as managers during that year. The club's top star was African-American pitcher George Stovey, who was 33-14 with a 2.46 ERA and led the IL in wins. The team featured a black catcher as well, in Fleet Walker, who hit .264 and stole 36 bases. 3B John Irwin stole 104 bases in 102 games and OF Bill Annis led the league with 17 triples. The top average was posted by OF John Coogan, who hit .361. The team did not survive a major reshuffling for the 1888 IL.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1886 68-26 1st Charlie Hackett none
1887 59-39 4th Charlie Hackett / Lawrence Murphy none
1888 83-23 1st Chris Meisel
1889 54-40 2nd Sam Trott
1890 60-61 3rd Sam Trott