Year In Review : 1880 National League

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The game known as BINGO was introduced abroad and quickly became one of the most popular forms of entertainment. To play BINGO, which is a form of lottery, each player purchased one or more cards divided into numbered and blank squares. Randomly chosen numbers (usually up to seventy-five or ninety) were called out by a "banker." The first player to achieve a card (or a line) in which all of the numbers have been called shouted "bingo" and collected all the proceeds from the purchased cards. Today, online BINGO has become a very popular legal form of gambling.

I n the National League

Charley Jones of the Boston Red Caps became the first player ever to hit two home runs in a single game.

On June 12 th , John Lee Richmond of the Worcester Ruby Legs pitched the first perfect game in Major League history defeating the visiting Cleveland Blues 1-0. It was also the first no-hitter to be tossed by a left-hander.

In October, the National League outlawed Sunday baseball and also banned the sale of beer at all games. Cincinnati reused to comply and was expelled from the league by National League president William Hulbert.

"The qualities of mind and body necessary to constitute a good modern pitcher are rarely combined in a single individual." - John Ward
1880 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Troy

24

Batting Average

Chicago

.360

Doubles

Cleveland

27

Hits

Chicago

126

Home Runs

Boston

6

Worcester

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.399

RBI

Chicago

74

Runs

Chicago

91

Slugging Average

Chicago

.463

Total Bases

Chicago

175

Triples

Worcester

14

1880 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Cleveland

72

ERA

Troy

0.86

Games

Cleveland

74

Worcester

Saves

Worcester

3

Shutouts

Providence

8

Strikeouts

Chicago

268

Winning Percentage

Chicago

.875

Wins

Cleveland

45

1880 National League

Team Standings

Chicago White Stockings

67 17 .798 0

Providence Grays

52 32 .619 15

Cleveland Blues

47 37 .560 20

Troy Trojans

41 42 .494 25½

Worcester Ruby Legs

40 43 .482 26½

Boston Red Caps

40 44 .476 27

Buffalo Bisons

24 58 .293 42

Cincinnati Reds

21 59 .263 44

1880 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Troy

120

Batting Average

Chicago

.279

Doubles

Chicago

164

Hits

Chicago

876

Home Runs

Boston

20

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.303

Runs

Chicago

538

Slugging Average

Chicago

.360

Triples

Cleveland

52

Worcester

1880 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Cleveland

83

ERA

Providence

1.64

Fewest Hits Allowed

Chicago

622

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Boston

2

Fewest Walks Allowed

Providence

51

Saves

Worcester

5

Shutouts

Providence

13

Strikeouts

Chicago

367



On May 20, 1880, Cap Anson alternated Larry Corcoran and Fred Goldsmith which "created" the first known / well-recorded pitching rotation.

On June 10, 1880, Charlie Jones of Boston hit two home runs during one inning. That was the first time it had happened in Major League history and a record that has still only been tied.

On June 12, 1880, John Richmond pitched the first perfect game in history. Five days later, Monte Ward would pitch the second perfect game in history. However, the next National League perfect game would not occur until June 21, 1964 nearly eighty-five years later.

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