Year In Review : 1881 National League

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President James Garfield was assassinated by Charles J. Guiteau, who was angry because he didn’t get a government job he felt he deserved. The Republican president had only served one-hundred ninety-nine days in office when he was shot in a Washington, D.C. train station. He died two months later and was replaced by Vice President Chester A. Arthur. Garfield had fought for civil service reform and believed that people should take a written exam to prove they could do a job.

I n the National League

Roger Conner of the Troy Trojans hit the first grand slam in Major League history en route to an 8-7 win over the Worcester Ruby Legs.

On September 27 th , twelve die-hard fans braved a rainstorm to watch their hometown hero Chicago White Stockings beat the Troy Trojans 10-8 as the smallest paying crowd in major league history.

A rival league known as the American Association was formed in St. Louis to compete against the Nationals in 1882.

"As a base runner, his (Billy Sunday) judgment was at times faulty, and he was altogether too daring, taking extraordinary chances because of the tremendous turn of speed he possessed." - Cap Anson
1881 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Cleveland

35

Batting Average

Chicago

.399

Doubles

Providence

27

Chicago

Hits

Chicago

137

Home Runs

Buffalo

8

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.442

RBI

Chicago

82

Runs

Chicago

86

Slugging Average

Buffalo

.541

Total Bases

Chicago

175

Triples

Buffalo

11

1881 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Cleveland

57

Boston

ERA

Detroit

1.80

Games

Boston

66

Saves

Providence

2

Boston

Shutouts

Detroit

9

Strikeouts

Detroit

212

Winning Percentage

Providence

.694

Wins

Chicago

31

Boston

1881 National League

Team Standings

Chicago White Stockings

56 28 .667 0

Providence Grays

47 37 .560 9

Buffalo Bisons

45 38 .542 10½

Detroit Wolverines

41 43 .488 15

Troy Trojans

39 45 .464 17

Boston Red Caps

38 45 .458 17½

Cleveland Blues

36 48 .429 20

Worcester Ruby Legs

32 50 .390 23

1881 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Providence

146

Batting Average

Chicago

.295

Doubles

Buffalo

157

Chicago

Hits

Chicago

918

Home Runs

Detroit

17

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.325

Runs

Chicago

550

Slugging Average

Chicago

.380

Triples

Detroit

53

1881 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Troy

85

ERA

Providence

2.40

Fewest Hits Allowed

Chicago

722

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Providence

5

Fewest Walks Allowed

Buffalo

89

Saves

Boston

3

Shutouts

Detroit

10

Strikeouts

Detroit

265



On June 20, 1881, another Red Stocking team took the field in Cincinnati. This team would move to the breakaway American Association then eventually return to the National League to become the modern day Cincinnati Reds .

On September 10, 1881, Roger Connor of Troy hit the first grand slam in National League history off Lee Richmond of Worcester.

At the end of the 1881 season, Jim Whitney led the league in wins (thirty-one) and losses (thirty-three). This unusual dual led statistical combination would not be matched until 1979 by Phil Niekro .

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