The Braves (then known as the Boston Beaneaters) finished second in 1899. Hard to imagine with a 95-57 record. Sure enough though, they were 8 games behind Brooklyn in Frank Selee’s 10th year as manager.
If they had won, it would have been three consecutive years as champions. They had the best pitching that season. They also led the league in defense.
Kid Nichols, the star pitcher, began to show some wear and tear. He went 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA. He got help that season though from Vic Willis who was 10-17 (4.19 ERA). Bill Dinneen led the pack with a 20-14 season and a 3.12 ERA.
Brooklyn had a very strong team though. Baltimore owner Harry B. Von der Horst had bought control of the team. He transferred many of his best players to Brooklyn.