In 1899, the owner of the Cleveland Spiders bought the fledgling St. Louis Browns but still kept the Spiders. With that, the Robison family then traded their best players in Cleveland including Cy Young as well as Hall of Famers Jesse Burkett and Bobby Wallace to the St. Louis Browns, believing that the larger media market combined with Cleveland's best talent could draw more fans and thus… more money. Thanks to this, the Cleveland Spiders posted the worst record in the history of professional sports … 20-134 (.130) in 1899. The only reason why this isn't the benchmark as the worst team in history is due to the fact that this is still pre-1900. The Spiders finished a whopping 84 games out of 1st place (Brooklyn Superbas). Fans were so upset with the Robison family that they refused to come to League Park and the team drew less than 200 fans a game. This led to many of the National League teams refusing to play in Cleveland because that meant they weren't getting any of the cut of the gate receipts with only 195 fans showing up to see them play. The 9,000 seat League Park... designed to draw that every game, drew only 6,000 fans for the entire season! Cy Young's replacement J. Hughey, put up a less than "Cy Young" style performance going 4-30 on the season. The National League stepped in and demoted the Spiders to Minor League status. No baseball owner was ever again allowed to own controlling interests to more than one franchise simultaneously. The once great Cleveland Spiders were no more. *wiki