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Altoona Mountain City

Altoona Mountain City
Years 1884*

Folded after 25 games with a 6–19 record

Based in Altoona, Pennsylvania
Major league affiliations

Purple, white

Other names
  • Altoona Pride
  • Altoona Ottawas
  • Arthur Dively & William Ritz
Major league titles
  • Union Association pennants: 0

The Altoona Mountain Citys were a professional baseball franchise that played in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1884. The Mountain Citys were a charter member of the Union Association, but folded after 25 games with a 6–19 record. They were alternately known as the Ottawas, after the local history of the Ottawa people in the 17th and 18th centuries. At the start of the season, they were also known by the nickname Altoona Pride, and were advertised as the Famous Altoonas. By the season's end, they were known as the Altoona Unfortunates.[1]


For its one year of existence, the Altoona Mountain Citys were managed by Ed Curtis and played in Altoona's Columbia Park. Among its roster, catcher Jerrie Moore and shortstop Germany Smith were two of its best players. John Murphy and Jim Brown were the team's ace pitchers.

When Henry Lucas, president of the newest major league, the Union Association, could only find seven teams for his league, he convinced the team, then part of the Inter-State Association, to join the league, with the promise that the Pennsylvania Railroad would provide some backing.[2]

The Mountain Citys began the 1884 season by playing the top teams in the league, the St. Louis Maroons and the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds, and losing 11 straight. The Altoona teams performance against the Maroons was especially hideous; they gave up 92 runs and made 53 errors. After finally winning their first game on May 10, the Mountain Citys went 6–8 before folding. The team's final game was on May 31, 1884. The team was a disaster – attendance was as low as 200 on some games, and averaged slightly more than 1,000 per home game, low figures even for those times.

1884 season

Season standings

Record vs. opponents

Opening Day lineup


Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR
C Moore, JerryJerry Moore 20 80 25 .313 1
1B Harris, FrankFrank Harris 24 95 25 .263 0
2B Dougherty, CharlieCharlie Dougherty 23 85 22 .259 0
3B Koons, HarryHarry Koons 21 78 18 .231 0
SS Smith, GermanyGermany Smith 25 108 34 .315 0
OF Shafer, TaylorTaylor Shafer 19 74 21 .284 0
OF Brown, JimJim Brown 21 88 22 .250 1
OF Murphy, JohnJohn Murphy 23 94 14 .149 0

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs
Player G AB H Avg. HR
Carroll, PatPat Carroll 11 49 13 .265 0
Grady, JohnJohn Grady 9 36 11 .306 0
Leary, JackJack Leary 8 33 3 .091 0
Berry, CharlieCharlie Berry 7 25 6 .240 0
Noftsker, GeorgeGeorge Noftsker 7 25 1 .040 0
Connors, JoeJoe Connors 3 11 1 .091 0
Cross, ClarenceClarence Cross 2 7 4 .571 0
Manlove, CharlieCharlie Manlove 2 7 3 .429 0
Daisy, GeorgeGeorge Daisy 1 4 0 .000 0


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Murphy, JohnJohn Murphy 14 111.2 5 6 3.87 48
Brown, JimJim Brown 11 74 1 9 5.35 39
Leary, JackJack Leary 3 24 0 3 5.25 7
Connors, JoeJoe Connors 1 9 0 1 7.00 0

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Smith, GermanyGermany Smith 1 0 0 0 9.00 1


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External links

  • Altoona Mountain City team page
  • Altoona Mountain Citys at SABR
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