1890 was the year of the Player League. At the time, baseball had a thing known as the reserve clause and the $2,000 salary cap. To protest that, the players started the National Brotherhood of Base Ball Players.
It had a big impact on the Beaneaters (now known as the Atlanta Braves) in that “King” Kelly left the Beaneaters to manage and captain the rival Boston entry in the Players League.
That opened the floodgates. Nine other Beaneaters signed with new league. That included Dan Brouthers who won the batting title the year before. Charles “Old Hoss” Redbourn also left. While near the end of his career, he had a 20 victory season the year before.
Imagine the loss if the 1993 Braves would have lost Tom Glavine, Terry Pendleton, David Justice and seven other players just prior to the season start. That is what the 1890 Beaneaters would face.
The had an 1890 record of 76-57, finishing 5th, 12 games behind. Frank Selee was in his first season. Welcome to the big leagues!