1883: The Columbus Buckeyes were one of two new teams to entered the American Association, in the upstart league’s second season. Managed by Horace Phillips, the Buckeyes struggled immensely in their first season, finishing sixth among eight teams with a record of 32-65. The top hitter in Columbus was John Richmond with a .283 average, while Pop Smith hit .262 with a team best four home runs. On the mound Frank Mountain posted a record of 26-33, with a 3.60 ERA, while Ed Dundon the first deaf player in the majors posted a record of 3-16, with a 4.48 ERA.
1884: The Columbus Buckeyes showed significant improvement in their second season as they finished in second place with a record of 69-39 under Manager Gus Schmelz. The Buckeyes had a big season from Fred Carrol who led the team in hitting at .278 with six home runs, while Fred Mann hit .276 with a team best seven home runs. On the mound, Columbus got big seasons from Ed Morris who posted a record of 34-13 with a 2.18 ERA and Frank Mountain who went 23-17 with a 2.45 ERA. The two made history, throwing No Hitters in the same week, with Morris blanking the Pittsburgh Alleghenys 5-0 on May 29th, while Mounatin tossed his No-No in 12-0 win over the Washington Nationals on June 5th. Despite the strides on the field, the Buckeyes would not be able to keep up financially as they folded following the season. After the Buckeyes folded the AA would attempt to put another team in Columbus in 1889.
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