Year In Review : 1878 National League

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Yellow Fever struck many cities in the south including Memphis, New Orleans and Mobile. Many citizens of infected areas were prevented from fleeing by strict quarantines adopted by nearby towns and cities. Despite the best efforts from doctors, nurses and volunteers, the number of infected persons rose dramatically from day to day. During the worst part of the epidemic, special health regulations were issued by the federal government to help prevent the spread of the disease. Unfortunately, over 13,000 people died in the lower Mississippi Valley alone before a proven vaccination was developed.

I n the National League

Against the Boston Red Caps, Paul Hines of the Providence Grays, made a shoestring catch in centerfield, then ran to touch third base for the first unassisted triple play in baseball history.

In July, John Montgomery Ward of the Providence Grays lost against the Indianapolis Hoosiers for his first Major League start then continued to pitch every game all season long. Impressive, until 1879 when he won "only" forty-seven games on the mound.

Cincinnati pitcher Will White and catcher James White became the first pitcher-to-catcher brother set to play together in the Major Leagues on the same team at the same time. Will went on to go 30-21 on the mound and James batted .314 at the plate.

"Baseball is a man maker." - Al Spalding
1878 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

17

Batting Average

Milwaukee

.354

Doubles

Providence

22

Hits

Chicago

100

Home Runs

Providence

4

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.375

RBI

Providence

50

Runs

Providence

60

Slugging Average

Providence

.486

Total Bases

Providence

125

Providence

Chicago

Triples

Providence

10

1878 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

57

ERA

Providence

1.51

Games

Boston

59

Saves

Providence

2

Indianapolis

Shutouts

Boston

9

Strikeouts

Boston

182

Winning Percentage

Boston

.678

Wins

Boston

40

1878 National League

Team Standings

Boston Red Caps

41 19 .683 0

Cincinnati Reds

37 23 .617 4

Providence Grays

33 27 .550 8

Chicago White Stockings

30 30 .500 11

Indianapolis Browns

24 36 .400 17

Milwaukee Grays

15 45 .250 26

1878 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

88

Batting Average

Chicago

.290

Doubles

Providence

107

Hits

Chicago

677

Home Runs

Providence

8

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.316

Runs

Chicago

371

Slugging Average

Chicago

.350

Triples

Providence

30

1878 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Cincinnati

61

Chicago

ERA

Cincinnati

1.84

Fewest Hits Allowed

Cincinnati

546

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cincinnati

2

Fewest Walks Allowed

Chicago

35

Saves

Indianapolis

1

Shutouts

Boston

9

Strikeouts

Cincinnati

220



On May 8, 1878, Paul Hines of Providence caught a line drive hit by Jack Burdock of Boston. With runners on second and third he sprinted forward and tagged third base, which was clear of baserunners. To make sure he got the out, he threw the ball to Charlie Sweasy at second base. The play was recorded, unrecorded, and still debated as the first ever unassisted triple play .

One day later on May 9, 1878, Sam Weaver of the Milwaukee Grays threw a no-hit game according to one scorer. The scorer from the Indianapolis Blues awarded a hit to John Clapp and a debate began which laster nearly half a century.

On July 15, 1878, 18-year old John Ward made his Major League debut for Providence. He lost 13-to-9, but continued to pitch every inning of every game for the rest of the 1878 season.

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