Ottawa Wanderers

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With the Rochester Patriots having trouble in the 1898 Eastern League, the club disbanded July 12th and the franchise was moved to Ottawa on July 13 where they became the Ottawa Wanderers.

The team hovered near the .500 mark until late August, when the bottom fell out of its season. Ottawa lost 14 of its last 15 games to finish in the cellar with a 53-70 mark, 18½ games out of first place.

Many players came and went. The top hitters on the team included "Quiet" Joe Knight, who finished second in the EL batting race with a .338 average, and 3B Bill Keister (.322 BA). The team did not return to the EL in 1899 though 53 years later IL baseball would return to Ottawa with the Ottawa Giants.

Source: "The International League: Year-by-Year Statistics" by Marshall Wright

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1898 53-70 8th Mickey Finn (6/6 - 7/24) / Bill Clymer (7/25 - eos)

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