in the Garden of Eden
Secret History of the Early Game
The St. Louis club in the National League was owned by the Robison brothers, who also owned the Cleveland Spiders. Thinking that more profit beckoned in the Mound City, they transferred the best Cleveland players—including Cy Young (lower left)—to the Perfectos, who nonetheless finished fifth. The denuded Spiders finished last with a record of 20 wins and 134 losses.