John Morrill moved into his third season in 1884. The year before he had won the pennant. This year the Boston Beaneaters would finish second 10 1/2 games behind for second place with a 73-38 record.
Their winning percentage that year was .658. In 1993 they won the NL West with .642 per cent winning record. Odd that they were over 10 games behind with that kind of talent. But that is the beauty and heartbreak of baseball.