Childs hit .345 with a league-high 33 doubles in the 1890 American Association
a since-tied major league record with 18 chances accepted at second base in a nine-inning
game that June 1. He joined the Cleveland Spiders
(NL) in 1891 and became a vital
cog in their offense, topping .300 in five of eight seasons and leading the league
in runs scored in 1892 (136). His sharp batting eye made him an ideal lefthanded
leadoff hitter; he walked 120 times while striking out only 12 in 1893. In 1894 he
batted a career-high .353.