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Thursday April 30, 2015
Talkin’ baseball today. Come for the trivia, stay for the rhythm and blues tune at the end.
The worst professional baseball team in history
The story of the 1899 Cleveland Spiders is a sad one. Their owner publicly referred to them as a “side show,” home attendance averaged under 200, and they lost 101 road games (unbreakable under the current schedule format). Their 20-134 record, a winning percentage of a measly .130, is considered the worst in professional baseball history.
However there are a couple other contenders for the title. The Wilmington Quicksteps of the United Association finished 2-16 (.111 winning percentage) in 1884. The 1875 Brooklyn Atlantics of the National Association did even worse, finishing 2-42 (.045!). Under the current schedule that would translate to roughly 7-155. Yikes.
Sure, the professional status of the United and National Associations is questioned, and they played significantly fewer games than the Spiders, but they’re still interesting footnotes in baseball history. By the way, why don’t teams today have such cool names?
The hot jump blues and rhythm and blues of the ‘40s and ‘50s had energy, soul, and tight harmonies and instrumentation. Its influence on rock n’ roll can’t be overstated. This is a fun novelty song about Willie Mays from The Treniers, one of many of the many overlooked bands of this genre.
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.