Wild Bill Hutchison wins his first of 41 games

Wild Bill Hutchison wins his first of 41 games

On April 19, 1890 — The National League’s biggest Opening Day crowd, 6,311 at West Side Park, watches 30-year-old righthander Chicago Colts pitcher Wild Bill Hutchison beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 5 – 4, according to all reports it was bitterly cold weather. Bug Holliday homers for the home team.earning the first of his 41 wins and 65 complete games out of 66 starts in the season. Hutchinson will work 603 innings and relieve five times while sporting a 2.70 ERA.

Pitching in 1890 was a young man’s position, making the accomplishments of the 30-year-old Hutchison even more striking. He was the oldest, by two years, of the 13 20-game winners and 12 hurlers who logged at least 300 innings.

Bill will earn his nickname Wild, when a win on May 23, is tossed out because the umpire wouldn’t let Philadelphia make a legal substitution in the middle of the game. He’s later given credit for the win.


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Sources:

Baseball Reference April 19

SABR Games Project

National Pastime April 19

Hall of Fame

Retro Sheet