Year In Review : 1892 National League
Off the Field…
Owner Andrew Carnegie and plant manager Henry Clay Frick decided to break the steelworkers union at the Carnegie Steel Company plant in Homestead, Pennsylvania. Without warning, they locked out the steelworkers and hired three-hundred armed guards from the Pinkerton National Detective Agency to protect the non-union strikebreakers. When the Pinkertons arrived on barges, armed steelworkers attacked and defeated them in a bloody battle. Later, the state militia was called in to support Carnegie and ended both the labor conflict and the union.
In the National League…
Wilbert Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles set a Major League record after tallying seven hits in seven at-bats as his team topped the St. Louis Browns 25-4. Robinson also set a second record after driving in eleven runs with six singles and a double.
Due to the expanded number of teams, the season was split into two sections with the first concluding on July 15th and the second ending in October. The schedule consisted of 140-154 games with the addition of Sunday baseball, which was allowed for the first time in the National League.
The Boston Beaneaters defeated the Cleveland Spiders for the World Championship title. Team president Arthur Soden divided the $1000 purse between his thirteen players with each receiving $76.92 (or $12.82 per game).