Philadelphia Phillies: Origins
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1) In 1883, sporting goods manufacturer Al Reach
(a pioneering professional baseball player) and attorney John
Rogers won an expansion National League franchise for
2) The new spot was taken by the Philadelphia
Quakers, who later became the Philadelphia Phillies.
Who did the Quakers replace?
Worcester Brown Stockings
3) What was the Quakers winning
percentage that first year?
4) From 1883 to 1886, what ball
park did the Quakers play in?
Willow Mill Park
5) Who opened the 1883yseason as
managed; however, he was fired as manager after a disappointing
4–13 start and replaced by Blondie Purcell?
6) In 1884, the team changed its name to the "Philadelphias",
as it was common for baseball teams in that era to be named after
their cities (for instance, the "Bostons" and "New Yorks").
However, as "Philadelphias" was somewhat hard to fit in newspaper
headlines, some writers still continued to call them the "Quakers"
while others began shortening the name to "Phillies."
7) In 1884, the former manager of baseball's
first openly professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was
recruited as manager in hopes of reversing the team's fortunes.
Who was the manager?
8) Who holds the Phillies single
season records for On-base percentage (.523 in 1894), Runs (196 in
1894), Stolen Bases (111 in 1891) and Times on Base (355 in 1894)?
9) Sam Thompson was the only 19th-century player
to drive in 150 or more runs and he did it twice. His .923
RBIs/Game is still a major league record, and he has the
still-standing record of 61 RBIs in 1 month, which he accomplished
for the Philadelphia Phillies in August 1895.
was he inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?
10) In 1896, who set the major-league record (since tied by
several others) with 4 home runs in a single game.