OF-SS-LHP 1885-1900, 02-03 Cubs, Chicago (PL), Senators
One of the game's early power hitters, Ryan led the NL in HR (16), hits, and doubles for Chicago in 1888. A lefty thrower, he also pitched some, that season leading the league with three relief wins. He was a leader in the movement that established the Players' League in 1890, and was a member of the Chicago entry, switching back to the NL in 1891. Ryan was a jolly, free-speaking joker whose openness disturbed some of his teammates. When another convivial player, Tom Burns, replaced Cap Anson as Chicago's manager in 1898, he named Ryan captain. The team rebelled, insisting the honor be given to Bill Lange, and staged a sit-down strike before the season's opener in Louisville. Burns capitulated and lost control of the team. (JK)
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|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» May 28, 1892: In the Players' League, Jimmy Ryan helps Chicago defeat Amos Rusie and New York 10–4 by drawing five walks—half of Rusie's total for the game.
» May 5, 1900: Chicago's Jimmy Ryan leads off against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Noodles Hahn by lining a home run, the 20th time he he's hit a leadoff round tripper. The Colts win, 4-3.
» January 10, 1918:
Acknowledging that Ty Cobb, Speaker, and Collins are all good ball players, Cap Anson picks his all-time team, leaving them off. In the current issue of TSN, Anson selects, C–Buck Ewing and King Kelly; P–Amos Rusie, John Clarkson, Jim McCormick; 1B-himself; 2B–Fred Pfeffer; 3B–Ed Williamson; SS–Ross Barnes; OF–Bill Lange, George Gore, Jimmy Ryan, and Hugh Duffy.