YEAR IN REVIEW : 1881 National League

Off the field...

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.

In 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.

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"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

Cleveland
35
Chicago
.399
Providence
27
Chicago
Chicago
137
Buffalo
8
Chicago
.442
Chicago
82
Chicago
86
Buffalo
.541
Chicago
175
Buffalo
11

1881 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cleveland
57
Boston
Detroit
1.80
Boston
66
Providence
2
Boston
Detroit
9
Detroit
212
Providence
.694
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

Providence
146
Chicago
.295
Buffalo
157
Chicago
Chicago
918
Detroit
17
Chicago
.325
Chicago
550
Chicago
.380
Detroit
53

1881 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Troy
85
Providence
2.40
Fewest Hits Allowed
Chicago
722
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Providence
5
Fewest Walks Allowed
Buffalo
89
Boston
3
Detroit
10
Detroit
265
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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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