The Boston Beaneaters (now the Atlanta Braves) finished fifth in 1890, 12 games behind with a 76-57 record.
The year before they had finished second. It was clearly a disappointing year for first year manager Frank Selee.
It was however, a prelude to one of the most prosperous periods in the franchise history.
It was a year of “labor” problems. The players got very upset with the owners. . They started their own league. Imagine that happening today. Hard to imagine for sure. As a result, the Beaneaters were decimated.
But, things are not always as it first appears. Success was just right around the corner.