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    Through 1870, the top ten players in career hits (ABA only)

    316 - Jim Cooper, St. Louis-NY Gothams
    297 - Henry Buckingham, Brooklyn-Boston
    295 - John Hart, Chicago
    289 - Frank Robinson, Phil Green Sox-NY Mutuals-Brooklyn-Boston
    277 - Tug Kogan, Chicago
    276 - George Wade, NY Gothams
    267 - Billy Warner, St. Louis
    266 - Sal Robinson, NY Mutuals-NY Knights-St. Louis
    264 - Buck Chapin, Boston
    264 - Joe Manning, NY Gothams-NY Mutuals

    41-year-old Robinson announced his retirement at season's end, so he'll be dropping off this list soon. The others remain active.

    In the NBL, John Kofler, who started at second base for Kensington in 1867-68 and for Five Points in 1869-70, is the career leader in hits with 235.
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    1871 Reach Baseball Guide
    ABA Season Preview

    Chicago Unions
    1870 Record: 28-26, 2 GB
    Departures: C Pete Townsend (traded to St. Joseph's)
    New Players: C Candy Donovan (rookie; signed as minor league free agent)

    The Unions have been close to the ABA title several times, and this year we are predicting great things for them. The city of Chicago is growing and prospering and seems poised for success, and so does their flagship baseball club. Tug Kogan and John Hart continue to be their top players and young center fielder Ike Cashwell had a good rookie season. Add in this year's rookie sensation Candy Donovan and they seem to have just the right mix of young players and veterans. Reach prediction: First place.

    New York Gothams
    1870 Record: 29-25, 1 GB
    Departures: none
    New Players: 1B Harry Powell (hit .329 for Olympians in 1869, acquired in offseason trade)

    The Gothams are always at or near the top of the standings, and this year is certain to be no exception. They are essentially the team they were last season, with Jim Cooper and Cherokee Kupchik leading the way, and promising young players in John Cox and Fred Bohnert helping out. It would be no shock if they won their fourth title in six years, though we are predicting they will come up just short. Reach prediction: Second place.

    Boston Bees
    1870 Record: 29-25, 1 GB
    Departures: 1B Frank Robinson (.278, retired), 3B Henry Buckingham (.353, signed with St. Joseph's Shamrocks), IF Al Monroy (.291, signed with Fort Greene Eagles)
    New Players: 1B George Emerson (rookie, signed as free agent), 3B Redleg Reames (acquired in trade with Philadelphia Olympians), UT George Reuber (.248, free agent signing)

    After their surprising collapse to lose the 1870 pennant, Boston lost some significant players. The replacements don't look inspiring, but this is still a team with some big stars: Chapin and Connelly are great, and the entire outfield of Tom Drummy, Charlie Weaver and Doc Cloe is solid. 38-year-old free agent signing George Reuber was a great player as recently as 1869. If he has anything left this team could make up for their poor finish last season. Reach prediction: Third place.

    Philadelphia Olympians
    1870 Record: 30-24, champions
    Departures: P Bill Hula (injured, out for most of season)
    New Players: LF John Paola (rookie, signed as a minor league free agent in 1869), RF Johnny King (.265 as fourth outfielder for Boston, acquired in trade)

    On the one hand, this club was never expected to win the title in 1870. On the other hand, they've already done it once. This year, they'll have to get used to a new pitcher in Charlie House - who has been their backup pitcher for some time. Also, it's not clear who their hitting stars are supposed to be. They don't look like champions, but they didn't last year either. Reach prediction: Fourth place.

    St. Louis Terriers
    1870 Record: 24-30, 6 GB
    Departures: C Michael Villacorta (traded to Five Points)
    New Players: C Charlie Hicks (rookie, acquired in trade from New York Knights), 2B Johnny Bellor (.322 with Mutuals, acquired in trade from Five Points)

    The Terriers tore apart their club after the 1869 season, trading away their two best players for prospects. This caused them to be dangerously close to relegation but now that they've survived they have some promising young players. Center fielder Morgan Olsen, one of the top draft picks of 1866, is probably the best of the bunch, but they'll give many young players an opportunity and might be closer than people realize to contending in the ABA. Reach prediction: Fifth place.

    New York Mutuals
    1870 Record: 28-26, 2 GB
    Departures: none
    New Players: LF Black Jack Walls (rookie), 3B Bob Trahan (rookie)

    This year the Mutuals seem determined to get younger, which in the short term might result in some growing pains. They've given Opening Day assignments to some very young players, including the 20-year-old Walls, and the hope is that these guys can learn on the job. They seem destined for disappointment this season, but any club that starts with Joe Manning and Bill Cane is going to be at least somewhat competitive. Reach prediction: Sixth place.

    New York Knights
    1870 Record: 26-28, 4 GB
    Departures: LF Art Belden (.260, was not offered arbitration and signed with the St. Louis Occidentals)
    New Players: RF Al Thompson (.264 with St. Louis Terriers, acquired in offseason trade)

    After making wholesale changes with their promotion last offseason, the Knights surprised some observers (including your author!) by staying in the race for much of the season. They still do not look like a strong club, but with the talented John Garrett pitching they ought to do nearly as well as last season. This time we expect to see them below average but still easily remaining in the ABA. Reach prediction: Seventh place.

    Baltimore Terrapins
    1870 Record: 25-29, 5 GB
    Departures: none
    New Players: none

    They weren't very good in 1870, and kept the same team more or less intact. Surprise! They probably won't be very good in 1871 either. Reach prediction: Eighth place.

    Brooklyn Atlantics
    1870 Record: 29-25, 1 GB
    Departures: 1B-OF Ben Sutcliffe (.240, left in free agency), IF Gil Richards (.222, signed with St. Louis Occidentals in free agency)
    New Players: 2B Dan Phibbs (rookie)

    The Atlantics have been a popular choice as a pennant contender for the past two seasons. This year, we are predicting them as candidates for collapse. Other than superstar catcher Fred Wells, the club suddenly seems very short on good hitters. They have a few decent young players (Harry Newton and Jerry Rash in particular seem promising), but it's difficult to see how a team with this many holes in it can hope to contend with the likes of Boston, Philadelphia and the Gothams. Reach prediction: Ninth place.

    Philadelphia Green Sox
    1870 Record: 26-16, NBL champions
    Departures: C Harry Eichhorn (.321, traded to Chicago Unions)
    New Players: LF Cub Kyle (.298, acquired in Eichhorn trade)

    This club was good enough to win the NBL rather easily, but will likely have trouble up in the ABA. They are a team of castoffs and broken prospects, and it will probably show very quickly. The best guess is that they are headed right back down to the NBL. Reach prediction: Tenth place.
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    Preseason predicted records in the NBL:

    Kensington Stallions 37-17
    Brooklyn Eckfords 33-21
    Five Points Dead Rabbits 33-21
    Harlem Excelsiors 33-21
    St. Joseph's Shamrocks 28-26
    Washington Square Volunteers 28-26
    Cincinnati Red Stockings 26-28
    St. Louis Occidentals 22-32
    Fort Greene Eagles 16-38
    Pilsen Benevolent Society 16-38

    The OTBL-named players at the start of 1871:

    24-year-old Rawley Dunbar will open the season as the main pitcher for the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Usual starter Dave Fargher is hurt and will likely be out for a few weeks, so it's an opportunity for Dunbar to not be defined by his poor outings in 1870.

    25-year-old Mahon O'Phelan will be the leadoff hitter and starting right fielder for the Kensington Stallions.

    24-year-old Alfred Wood will be the #3 hitter and starting center fielder for the Brooklyn Eckfords.

    23-year-old Dummy Trout will bat third and play center field for the Red Stockings. He's been a poor fielder in the past in center.

    24-year-old Ken O'Griffey, the NBL's reigning MVP, will bat third and play center field for the St. Joseph's Shamrocks.

    23-year-old Zeke "Rawhide" Rawlins will bat third and play center field for the Volunteers.

    22-year-old Nathaniel Lyon will open the season as the St. Louis Occidentals' starting pitcher.

    23-year-old Ross Butler, the 1870 Rookie of the Year in the NBL, will follow Rawlins in the batting order and play second base.
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    Kensington finally looking to have a reason to celebrate in Philly's north end
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    June 1, 1871

    We're a month into the new season, with some surprising results and an old familiar club atop baseball's standings:

    ABA

    New York Gothams 9-3
    Boston Bees 7-4
    New York Mutuals 7-5
    New York Knights 6-5
    Brooklyn Atlantics 6-6
    St. Louis Terriers 6-6
    Philadelphia Green Sox 5-7
    Baltimore Terrapins 4-6
    Chicago Unions 4-8
    Philadelphia Olympians 4-8

    Last year's champions and this year's predicted champions are tied for the relegation spot.

    NBL

    Harlem Excelsiors 9-3
    Kensington Stallions 9-3
    Cincinnati Red Stockings 7-4
    St. Joseph's Shamrocks 7-4
    Washington Square Volunteers 7-5
    Brooklyn Eckfords 5-6
    St. Louis Occidentals 5-6
    Five Points Dead Rabbits 4-8
    Fort Greene Eagles 3-9
    Pilsen Benevolent Society 2-10

    The OTBL-named players:

    Rawley Dunbar is back to being the second-string pitcher for Cincinnati with the return from injury of Dave Fargher, but he is 4-1 with a 2.19 ERA thus far. Perhaps he has a future in the game after all.

    Mahon O'Phelan is batting .345 as the Kensington Stallions' leadoff hitter and starting right fielder. Both he and the club appear to be having breakout seasons.

    Alfred Wood is hitting .391 and has seven stolen bases for the Brooklyn Eckfords. The team has been a bit disappointing thus far but Wood is certainly doing his part.

    Dummy Trout is batting only .245 for the Cincinnati Red Stockings, but his defense has substantially improved in center field so far.

    Ken O'Griffey is hitting .408 with 12 RBI for the Shamrocks.

    Zeke "Rawhide" Rawlins is batting .333 with five triples for the Washington Square Volunteers.

    Nathaniel Lyon has been the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Occidentals and has figured in every decision for the club.

    Ross Butler hit .282 at second base for the Volunteers through the first eight games, then went on the disabled list with an injured stomach muscle.

    The New York Gothams' return to the top has been led by familiar faces: the hitting talents of Cherokee Kupchik and Jim Cooper and the pitching of Manuel Maldonado, who has 24 strikeouts already - nearly double the next-highest total in the league.
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    With the first pick in the 1871 draft, the Fort Greene Eagles selected pitcher Hiram "Hi" Grieb, a 20-year-old from Goffstown, New Hampshire. Meanwhile, The Pilsen Benevolent Society chose 21-year-old Czech immigrant Tony Puch with the second pick. Puch is an outfielder and is said to be an excellent hitter.
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    Both he and the club appear to be having breakout seasons.
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    July 1, 1871

    It's right around the halfway point of the 1871 season.

    ABA

    Boston Bees 17-8
    New York Mutuals 17-9
    New York Gothams 16-10
    Brooklyn Atlantics 15-11
    St. Louis Terriers 14-12
    Chicago Unions 12-14
    Baltimore Terrapins 10-14
    New York Knights 10-15
    Philadelphia Olympians 10-16
    Philadelphia Green Sox 7-19

    Veteran second baseman Buck Chapin has led the way for Boston thus far, with a .381 average and typical strong play and leadership. Younger players such as Redleg Reames and Frank Stephens have been strong as well. Meanwhile, 22-year-old Rit James, a first round draft pick of the Mutuals in 1868, is having a breakout year to bring them into contention. The overall top hitter in the ABA thus far is Bill English, first baseman for the Terrapins, who has three home runs, 30 runs batted in and a .447 average - 60 points higher than the second-best hitter.

    At the bottom of the league, it's beginning to look like the Green Sox will forever fluctuate between the top two tiers of professional baseball.

    NBL

    St. Joseph's Shamrocks 19-6
    Cincinnati Red Stockings 17-8
    Kensington Stallions 15-11
    Brooklyn Eckfords 14-11
    St. Louis Occidentals 14-11
    Harlem Excelsiors 14-12
    Washington Square Volunteers 14-12
    Pilsen Benevolent Society 10-16
    Fort Greene Eagles 6-20
    Five Points Dead Rabbits 5-21

    Star infielders Levi Woodward and Henry Buckingham are leading the way for the Shamrocks, who are trying to make it to the top tier for the first time.

    The OTBL-named players:

    Rawley Dunbar is Cincinnati's second string pitcher, but he has done well for them so far - 4-1, 2.35 ERA.

    After a short stint on the DL, Mahon O'Phelan and his .333 average are about to return to the Kensington Stallions.

    Alfred Wood is hitting .349 with 17 stolen bases and three home runs. He's been one of the top players for the Eckfords so far.

    After a strong month, Dummy Trout is now batting .298 with 13 (!) triples.

    Ken O'Griffey is still batting over .400 (.409) with the league-leading Shamrocks.

    Zeke "Rawhide" Rawlins is hitting .353 as the starting center fielder of the Washington Square Volunteers.

    Nathaniel Lyon is the starting pitcher for the Occidentals and has a 12-11 record on the year.

    Ross Butler is back from the disabled list and is batting an even .300 for Washington Square, as well as playing good defense at second base.

    Young Hi Grieb signed quickly with the Fort Greene Eagles, and is already on the main roster, though he has yet to appear in a game for them.

    Tony Puch has been with Pilsen long enough to get four plate appearances and one hit.
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