Year In Review : 1884 National League

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Amusement Park promoter La Marcus Thompson built America's first modern roller coaster at Coney Island; Brooklyn, New York called "The Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway". The groundbreaking ride incorporated a flat steel track nailed onto several layers of wooden planks. Two forty-five foot towers were then connected with ramp that allowed the ride to reach a top speed of six miles per hour. The train cars had to be manually towed to the top of the hills at the beginning of both tracks and the patrons were required to get out at the end of the first track and climb stairs to the second hill to board the train again for a return trip. Despite the inconveniences, at only five cents per ride, the ticket profits repaid Thompson's original investment in less than three weeks.

I n the National League

The National League expanded its schedule to one-hundred twelve games.

A rivalry was born in the "Big Apple" as the New York Giants and Brooklyn Trolley-Dodgers met for the first time in an exhibition game on April 18 th .

On June 27 th , Larry Corcoran of the Chicago White Stockings became the first pitcher in Major League history with three career no-hitters after blanking the Providence Grays 6-0.

I n the American Association

Decades before Jackie Robinson "officially" broke baseball’s color barrier, Moses Fleetwood Walker played forty-six Major League games for the American Association's Toledo Blue Stockings.

Despite hitting .263, Walker tallied thirty-seven errors, which led to his early release.

Thirty-one year-old rookie Sam Kimber (Brooklyn Trolley-Dodgers) tossed an eleven-inning, no-hitter against the Toledo Blue Stockings on October 4 th . Unfortunately, darkness came before someone could score and the game was called at a 0-0 tie.

I n the Union Association

Outfielder Harry Wheeler became the only player ever to appear with five separate teams during the same season. Wheelers 1884 resume included five games with the St. Louis Browns (in the American Association) then on to the Union Association’s Kansas City Unions (twenty games), Chicago Browns (seventeen games), Pittsburgh Stoogies (seventeen games) and Baltimore Monumentals (seventeen games).

Philadelphia Keystones catcher Jack Clements became the first player ever to wear a chest protector in a Major League game. Roger Bresnahan would later popularize the device.

"He (John Montgomery Ward) beat you invisibly as often as he beat you visibly." - Author Bryan Di Salvatore
1884 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

61

Batting Average

Buffalo

.347

Doubles

Providence

36

Hits

Buffalo

162

Boston

Home Runs

Chicago

27

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.414

RBI

Chicago

102

Runs

Chicago

120

Slugging Average

Buffalo

.563

Total Bases

Chicago

263

Triples

New York

20

1884 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Providence

73

ERA

Providence

1.38

Games

Providence

75

Saves

Boston

2

Shutouts

Buffalo

12

Strikeouts

Providence

441

Winning Percentage

Providence

.831

Wins

Providence

59

1884 National League

Team Standings

Providence Grays

84 28 .750 0

Boston Beaneaters

73 38 .658 10½

Buffalo Bisons

64 47 .577 19½

New York Gothams

62 50 .554 22

Chicago White Stockings

62 50 .554 22

Philadelphia Phillies

39 73 .348 45

Cleveland Blues

35 77 .313 49

Detroit Wolverines

28 84 .250 56

1884 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Providence

300

Batting Average

Chicago

.281

Doubles

Boston

179

Hits

Chicago

1,176

Home Runs

Chicago

142

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.324

Runs

Chicago

834

Slugging Average

Chicago

.446

Triples

Buffalo

69

1884 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

111

ERA

Providence

1.61

Fewest Hits Allowed

Providence

825

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Providence

26

Fewest Walks Allowed

Boston

135

Saves

Boston

2

Providence

Shutouts

Providence

16

Strikeouts

Boston

742



On May 30, 1884, Ned Williamson of Chicago became the first player in Major League history to ever hit three home runs during one game.

On June 7, 1884, Charlie Sweeney of Providence struck out a record nineteen batters during a game and it would take one-hundred two years ( 1986 ) before that Major League record would be broken (it was by Roger Clemens ).

On June 27, 1884, Larry Corcoran pitched against the Providence Grays who were are "on fire" - winning ten consecutive games. The game; however, belonged to Corcoran who tossed his third career no hit game.

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