Year In Review : 1877 National League

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American inventor Thomas Edison patented a machine called "The Phonograph" that reproduced sound by means of a needle in contact with a grooved rotating disk. The original "record playing" instrument consisted of a spinning cylinder covered with indented paraffin above a thin plate carrying a needle. As the plate vibrated under the influence of noise, the needle made minute undulations in the soft material to reproduce the sound.

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Syracuse Stars catcher Pete Hotaling became the first professional catcher to wear a mask. Harvard captain Fred Thayer originally designed the device to protect his teammate Jim Tyng.

The National League experienced its first scandal after accusations were reported by the Louisville Courier Journal of a fix involving their Louisville Grays. After compiling a 27-12 record, the Grays lost eight in a row with Boston winning thirteen out of fifteen for the pennant. Despite a thorough investigation and several suspensions, the crime was never actually proven to have taken place.

"Baseball is a man maker." - Al Spalding
1877 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Boston

20

Batting Average

Boston

.387

Doubles

Chicago

19

Hits

Boston

103

Home Runs

Cincinnati

4

On Base Percentage

Boston

.407

RBI

Boston

49

Runs

Boston

68

Slugging Average

Boston

.545

Total Bases

Boston

145

Triples

Boston

11

1877 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Louisville

61

ERA

Boston

2.11

Games

Louisville

61

Saves

Chicago

2

Shutouts

Boston

6

Strikeouts

Boston

170

Winning Percentage

Boston

.702

Wins

Boston

40

1877 National League

Team Standings

Boston Red Caps

42 18 .700 0

Louisville Grays

35 25 .583 7

Hartford Dark Blues

31 27 .534 10

St. Louis Brown Stockings

28 32 .467 14

Chicago White Stockings

26 33 .441 15½

Cincinnati Red Stockings

15 42 .263 25½

1877 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Cincinnati

78

Batting Average

Boston

.296

Doubles

Boston

91

Hits

Boston

700

Home Runs

Louisville

9

On Base Percentage

Boston

.314

Runs

Boston

419

Slugging Average

Boston

.370

Triples

Boston

37

1877 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

61

Louisville

ERA

Boston

2.15

Fewest Hits Allowed

Boston

557

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Hartford

2

St. Louis

Fewest Walks Allowed

Boston

38

Saves

Chicago

3

Shutouts

Boston

7

Strikeouts

Boston

177



Did you know that on March 22, 1877, the National League pubished the first league wide schedule in history?

On May 17, 1877, Al Spalding's baseball was officially adopted for Major League use because it was "more lively" than the early "lemon peel ball" still being used.

On July 13, 1877, Cal McVey took the mound and started a game for Chicago. George Bradley , who started the previous day, finally received a well-earned rest as he had pitched the previous eighty-nine consecutive games.

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