[Front of Marker:]Milwaukee Brewers 1901 Baseball TeamJohn Anderson · George Bone · Ed Bruyette · Jimmy Burke · John Butler · Joe Conner · Wid Conroy · Jiggs Donahue · Pete Dowling · Hugh Duffy · Bill Friel · Ned Garvin · Phil Geier · Lou Gertenrich · Billy Gilbert · Bill Hallman · Pink Hawley · George Hogriever · Pete Husting · Davy Jones · Tom Leahy · Billy Maloney · George McBride · Bill Reidy · Tully Sparks · Irv Waldren
In 1900, the American League was born in a Milwaukee hotel named the Republican House. The following year, during the 1901 inaugural season, the Milwaukee Brewers were one of eight teams to participate in Major League Baseball's "Junior Circuit." The Brewers played their home games at the Lloyd Street Grounds, which was located on the city's north side (Lloyd St. & 16th St). Player/Manager Hugh Duffy batted .302 that season and was later inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Wid Conroy was the team captain, Bill Reidy led the pitching staff with 16 victories, and John Anderson paced the team with a .330 batting average.
Five Wisconsin natives were members of that Brewers team, including Ed Bruyette of Manawa, Davy Jones of Cambria, and George McBride of Milwaukee, all of whom made their Major League debut. Pitchers Pink Hawley of Beaver Dam and Pete Husting of Mayville also contributed. In 1902, the Brewers moved to St. Louis and became the Browns, but the league they helped form is still in existence today. The Browns became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954.
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