1883 Brooklyn Grays season

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1883 Brooklyn Grays
1883 Interstate Association Champions
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Charles Byrne, Ferdinand Abell
Manager(s) Joseph Doyle
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The Brooklyn baseball club was formed in 1883 by real estate magnate and baseball enthusiast Charles Byrne who convinced his brother-in-law Joseph Doyle and casino operator Ferdinand Abell to start the team with him. Byrne set up a grandstand on fifth avenue and named it Washington Park in honor of George Washington. The team played in the minor Inter-State Association of Professional Baseball Clubs.

Doyle became the first manager of the team, which drew 6,000 fans to its first home game on May 12, 1883 against the Trenton team. (This was actually the second game the club played in Brooklyn; three days earlier, with Washington Park not yet ready, the Greys beat Harrisburg 7-1 at the Parade Ground.[1] It was the only professional match ever held at the ground, with some 2,000 fans in attendance.) The team won the league title after the Camden Merritt club disbanded on July 20 and Brooklyn picked up some of its better players. The Grays were invited to join the American Association for the following season.[2]

Season standings

Interstate Association W L GB Pct.
Brooklyn Grays 44 28 .611
Camden Merritts 27 8 NA .711
Harrisburg 43 33 3 .566
Reading Actives 33 35 9 .485
Trenton 34 38 10 .472
Pottsville Antharcites 28 46 17 .378
Wilmington Quicksteps 27 48 18.5 .360


1883 Brooklyn Grays

External links


  1. "BrooklynBallParks.com - Parade Ground". covehurst.net. Retrieved 2014-12-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Goldblatt, A. (2003). The Giants and the Dodgers: Four Cities, Two Teams, One Rivalry. McFarland & Company. p. 12. ISBN 9780786416400. Retrieved 2014-12-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>