YEAR IN REVIEW : 1876 National League

Off the Field...

General George Armstrong Custer was killed along with two-hundred sixty-four Union Calvary troopers after engaging the Sioux tribe at Little Big Horn. Not realizing the overwhelming numerical superiority of the Native Americans, the 7 th Calvary had made a crucial tactical error by dividing their forces into three separate divisions. A Civil War hero, Custer had fought at the first battle of Bull Run, distinguished himself in both the Peninsular campaign as well as Gettysburg and was selected as the Union officer to receive the Confederate flag of truce at Appomattox Courthouse.

In the National League...

The National League of Professional Baseball was formed with an eight-team circuit consisting of the Boston Red Stockings, Chicago White Stockings, Cincinnati Red Legs, Hartford Dark Blues, Louisville Grays, Philadelphia Athletics, Brooklyn Mutuals and St. Louis Browns. All owners agreed to play a seventy game schedule between April 22 and October 21.

In April, the Chicago White Stockings debuted the first shutout in baseball history with a 4-0 effort over the Louisville Grays. On May 25 th , the Philadelphia Athletics matched the Grays 2-2 for the first tie in Major League history.

The White Stockings went on to win the first National League pennant after defeating the Hartford Dark Blues by six games. They finished the season 52-14 followed by Hartford, St. Louis, Boston, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and Cincinnati.

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"Everything is possible to him who dares." - Al Spalding

1876 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
20
Chicago
.429
Doubles
Chicago
21
Chicago
138
Philadelphia
5
Chicago
.462
Chicago
60
Chicago
126
Chicago
.590
Chicago
190
Chicago
14

1876 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Louisville
66
St. Louis
1.23
Louisville
68
Boston
5
St. Louis
16
Louisville
122
Chicago
.797
Chicago
47

1876 National League

Team Standings

Chicago White Stockings 52 14 .788 0
St. Louis Brown Stockings 45 19 .703 6
Hartford Dark Blues 47 21 .691 6
Boston Red Caps 39 31 .557 15
Louisville Grays 30 36 .455 22
New York Mutuals 21 35 .375 26
Philadelphia Athletics 14 45 .237 34½
Cincinnati Red Stockings 9 56 .138 42½

1876 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
70
Chicago
.337
Chicago
131
Chicago
926
Boston
9
Chicago
.353
Chicago
624
Chicago
.417
Philadelphia
35

1876 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Hartford
69
St. Louis
1.22
Fewest Hits Allowed
St. Louis
472
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Hartford
2
Philadelphia
Fewest Walks Allowed
New York
24
Boston
7
St. Louis
16
Louisville
125
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On May 2, 1876, Ross Barnes of Chicago hit the first National League home run which was an inside the park variation. Cincinnati pitcher William "Cherokee" Fisher served up that historic pitch.

Did you know that on July 15, 1876, George Bradley of St. Louis pitched the first National League no-hitter against Hartford?

Are you curious about which player hit the first single, double or triple? How about the first pitcher to throw & win two complete games on the same day ? Scan through the 19th Century Era Famous Firsts to see these and learn even more about the first ever National League season.

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