When Worcester, MA joined the Eastern League in 1899, the city's entry was known as the Worcester Farmers. The Farmers were 58-51, finishing third in the league, under the management of Frank Leonard. OF Joe Rickert (.292) stole 39 and scored 111 runs, while OF Charlie Frisbee batted a club-best .362.
In 1900, Leonard's lads finished 4th at 62-63. Rickert (.279, 112 R, 59 SB) again provided speed but the offensive firepower was provided primarily by 1B Kitty Bransfield, who led the league in average (.371), hits (186) and runs (115). Fred Klobedanz and Bill Magee were the most-used pitchers. In '01, the team became the Worcester Quakers.