YEAR IN REVIEW : 1884 National League

Off the field...

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.

In 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.

In 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.

In 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.

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"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

Chicago
61
Buffalo
.347
Providence
36
Hits
Buffalo
162
Boston
Chicago
27
Chicago
.414
Chicago
102
Chicago
120
Buffalo
.563
Chicago
263
New York
20

1884 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Providence
73
Providence
1.38
Providence
75
Boston
2
Buffalo
12
Providence
441
Providence
.831
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

Providence
300
Chicago
.281
Boston
179
Chicago
1,176
Chicago
142
Chicago
.324
Chicago
834
Chicago
.446
Buffalo
69

1884 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
111
Providence
1.61
Fewest Hits Allowed
Providence
825
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Providence
26
Fewest Walks Allowed
Boston
135
Boston
2
Providence
Providence
16
Boston
742
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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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