Year In Review : 1885 American Association

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I n the National League

The National League began its season with the founding franchise members including the Boston Beaneaters, Chicago White Stockings, Buffalo Bisons, Detroit Wolverines, New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Providence Grays. After the Union Association folded, the Cleveland Spiders and St. Louis Unions merged into a new National League franchise named the St. Louis Maroons. At the conclusion of the season, the Bison and Grays dropped out and were replaced by the Washington Senators and Kansas City Cowboys.

Spring Training began as Cap Anson and his Chicago White Stockings traveled to Hot Springs, Arkansas to prepare for the upcoming season.

Art Irwin of the Providence Grays developed the first known fielder's glove after padding a buckskin glove to protect his two broken fingers.

I n the American Association

The American Association leading St. Louis Browns and National League champion Chicago White Stockings went head-to-head for six Championship games (winning three each) resulting in a rare tie. Despite the forming of a special committee to determine a winner, both teams were declared champions and split the $1,000 purse - $500 each.

Both the American Association and National League set a maximum pay cap at $2,000 with no bonuses.

"Wounds of a knife that was plunged into Big Ed Morris's chest during a fight at a fish fry given in his honor Monday night caused the death of the veteran pitcher for the Boston Red Sox here today." - New York Times (March 4, 1932)
1885 American Association Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

61

Batting Average

Louisville

.362

Doubles

Philadelphia

37

Hits

Louisville

174

Home Runs

Philadelphia

13

On Base Percentage

Louisville

.393

RBI

Cincinnati

89

Runs

Philadelphia

130

Slugging Average

New York

.543

Total Bases

Louisville

25

Triples

New York

21

1885 American Association Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Pittsburgh

63

ERA

St. Louis

2.07

Games

Pittsburgh

63

Saves

Baltimore

3

Shutouts

Pittsburgh

7

Strikeouts

Pittsburgh

298

Winning Percentage

St. Louis

.755

Wins

St. Louis

40

1885 American Association

Team Standings

St. Louis Browns

79 33 .705 0

Cincinnati Red Stockings

63 49 .563 16

Pittsburgh Alleghenys

56 55 .505 22½

Philadelphia Athletics

55 57 .491 24

Louisville Colonels

53 59 .473 26

Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers

53 59 .473 26

New York Metropolitans

44 64 .407 33

Baltimore Orioles

41 68 .376 36½

1885 American Association Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Baltimore

279

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.265

Doubles

Philadelphia

169

Hits

Philadelphia

1,099

Home Runs

Philadelphia

30

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.310

Runs

Philadelphia

764

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.365

Triples

Louisville

83

1885 American Association Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

St. Louis

111

ERA

St. Louis

2.44

Fewest Hits Allowed

St. Louis

879

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Philadelphia

11

Fewest Walks Allowed

St. Louis

168

Saves

Baltimore

4

Shutouts

St. Louis

11

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

506



On June 7, 1885, the American Association formally adjusted their rules stating that all pitchers using an overhand delivery can do so without any type of delivery restrictions.

Did you know that the most consecutive games won on a team's home field by any Major League franchise is twenty-seven? That record belongs to the American Association St. Louis Browns who were finally defeated on July 18, 1885 by the Philadelphia Athletics.

The entire American Association cancelled all their games on August 8, 1885 in respect to the burial of former President Ulysses S. Grant in New York City, New York.

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