YEAR IN REVIEW : 1883 National League

Off the Field...

U.S. Congress created the Civil Service Commission to oversee the hiring for all Government civilian jobs. The service assisted in filling positions in a wide variety of professional, technical, clerical, craft and other occupations. Several years later, it underwent a complete reform by President Theodore Roosevelt who held the ideal that the Government should be the great arbiter of the conflicting economic forces in the Nation, especially between capital and labor, guaranteeing justice to each and dispensing favors to none.

In the National League...

The National League regulated stockings for the first time as Boston wore red, Buffalo; gray, Chicago; white, Cleveland; blue, Providence; light blue, Detroit; brown, Philadelphia; blue and white checks and New York; crimson and black.

Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn tossed an 8-0 no-hitter against the Cleveland Blues on July 25 th . Radbourn was one of the most dominant pitchers of his day winning thirty-one in 1882, forty-nine in 1883 and an incredible sixty games in 1884 (including twenty-six out of the final twenty-seven).

Hugh Daily, a one armed pitcher for Cleveland, threw a 1-0 no-hitter against Philadelphia on September 13 th . Known as "One Arm", Daily pitched six seasons in the Major Leagues compiling a 73-87 record.

In the American Association...

During the pre-season, the American Association and National League agreed to terms of peace including a promise not to raid players from each other's league.

The American Association champion Philadelphia Athletics lost their first eight post-season exhibition games resulting in the cancellation of a "World Series" against the National League pennant-winning Boston Beaneaters.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"(John Montgomery) Ward was the sort of player that other players appreciate as a teammate and curse as an opponent." - Author Bryan Di Salvatore

1883 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Cleveland
37
Buffalo
.374
Chicago
49
Buffalo
159
New York
10
Buffalo
.397
Buffalo
97
Boston
107
Buffalo
.572
Buffalo
243
Buffalo
17

1883 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Buffalo
72
Cleveland
1.84
Buffalo
76
Providence
Boston
2
Detroit
Buffalo
5
Boston
345
Cleveland
.700
Providence
48

1883 National League

Team Standings

Boston Beaneaters 63 35 .643 0
Chicago White Stockings 59 39 .602 4
Providence Grays 58 40 .592 5
Cleveland Blues 55 42 .567
Buffalo Bisons 52 45 .536 10½
New York Gothams 46 50 .479 16
Detroit Wolverines 40 58 .408 23
Philadelphia Phillies 17 81 .173 46

1883 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Detroit
166
Buffalo
.284
Chicago
277
Buffalo
1,058
Boston
34
Buffalo
.311
Chicago
679
Boston
.408
Boston
86

1883 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cleveland
92
Cleveland
2.22
Fewest Hits Allowed
Cleveland
818
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Cleveland
7
Fewest Walks Allowed
Boston
90
Boston
3
Boston
6
Boston
538
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On April 13, 1883, the Cleveland Forest City team became the first professional ballclub to visit a sitting U.S. President in the White House - do you remember which president they spoke with?

On May 3, 1883, John Montgomery Ward of New York hit two home runs during one game versus Boston and this was the first time any player had gone deep more than onee during a Major League game.

On June 16, 1883, the New York Gothams host what some experts believed was the first "Ladies Day" game in Major League history.

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