Cleveland Spiders- The Worst Team in Baseball History

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1898 Spiders

For most of the 1890’s the Cleveland Spiders were a decent team. Their fortunes turned in 1899 when  the owners also bought the St. Louis Browns from controversial owner Chris Von der Ahe, and named them the St.Louis Perfectos.

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Rookie year- Denton True “Cy” Young

Cleveland Spiders Fortunes Changed

The owners. brothers Frank and Stanley Robinson, wanted to make their new team in St Louis better so they move all of their bast players, including Hall of Famers  Cy Young, Jesse Burkett and Bobby Wallace along with manager Patsy Tebeau, away from Cleveland put them on the St. Louis roster.  That season saw the Spiders best pitcher Harry Calliflower win one game and lose eleven. Six times they mange to lose eleven or more games in a row.

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They convinced the tobacconist in their hotel to suit up and pitch a game. He lost 19-3, Fans quit coming to the games. On opening day they played a doubleheader in front of 100 fans. On June 2 the Spiders led the Brooklyn Superbas 10-0 in the third  inning and lost 11-10.Early in September, the Spiders played n amateur team from Pennysylvania and lost 7-5

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The team decided to finish the season on the road. The Cleveland Spiders finished with a record of 20 wins and 134 losses including losing 40 of their final 41 games of the season. The team disbanded after this year . Things were so bad, there are no 1899 Cleveland Spiders team pictures.



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About the author– Tom Knuppel has been writing about baseball and sports for a few decades. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan he began with the blog CardinalsGM. Tom is a member of the United Cardinals Bloggers and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. He also maintains the History of Cardinals website. More recently he has been busy at KnupSolutions and the primary writer of many sports at KnupSports and adds content at Sports 2.0. Tom is a retired High School English and Speech teacher and has completed over one hundred sportsbook reviews. He also can be followed on Twitter at tknup.  Feel free to contact Tom at





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