YEAR IN REVIEW : 1885 American Association

Off the field...

The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York aboard the French ship ISERE. Later assembled on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, the one-hundred fifty-one foot statue was a gift of international goodwill from the people of France to the people of the United States. She was completed and dedicated on October 28 th , 1886 and was designated a National Monument on October 15 th , 1924. The Statue was extensively restored in time for her spectacular centennial on July 4 th , 1986 and today she is still considered THE universal symbol of political freedom and democracy.

In the National League...

The National League began its season with the founding franchise members including the Boston Beaneaters, Chicago White Stockings, Buffalo Bisons, Detroit Wolverines, New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Providence Grays. After the Union Association folded, the Cleveland Spiders and St. Louis Unions merged into a new National League franchise named the St. Louis Maroons. At the conclusion of the season, the Bison and Grays dropped out and were replaced by the Washington Senators and Kansas City Cowboys.

Spring Training began as Cap Anson and his Chicago White Stockings traveled to Hot Springs, Arkansas to prepare for the upcoming season.

Art Irwin of the Providence Grays developed the first known fielder's glove after padding a buckskin glove to protect his two broken fingers.

In the American Association...

The American Association leading St. Louis Browns and National League champion Chicago White Stockings went head-to-head for six Championship games (winning three each) resulting in a rare tie. Despite the forming of a special committee to determine a winner, both teams were declared champions and split the $1,000 purse - $500 each.

Both the American Association and National League set a maximum pay cap at $2,000 with no bonuses.

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"Wounds of a knife that was plunged into Big Ed Morris's chest during a fight at a fish fry given in his honor Monday night caused the death of the veteran pitcher for the Boston Red Sox here today." - New York Times (March 4, 1932)

1885 American Association Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
61
Louisville
.362
Philadelphia
37
Louisville
174
Philadelphia
13
Louisville
.393
Cincinnati
89
Philadelphia
130
New York
.543
Louisville
25
New York
21

1885 American Association Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Pittsburgh
63
St. Louis
2.07
Pittsburgh
63
Baltimore
3
Pittsburgh
7
Pittsburgh
298
St. Louis
.755
St. Louis
40

1885 American Association

Team Standings

St. Louis Browns 79 33 .705 0
Cincinnati Red Stockings 63 49 .563 16
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 56 55 .505 22½
Philadelphia Athletics 55 57 .491 24
Louisville Colonels 53 59 .473 26
Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers 53 59 .473 26
New York Metropolitans 44 64 .407 33
Baltimore Orioles 41 68 .376 36½

1885 American Association Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Baltimore
279
Philadelphia
.265
Philadelphia
169
Philadelphia
1,099
Philadelphia
30
Philadelphia
.310
Philadelphia
764
Philadelphia
.365
Louisville
83

1885 American Association Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
111
St. Louis
2.44
Fewest Hits Allowed
St. Louis
879
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Philadelphia
11
Fewest Walks Allowed
St. Louis
168
Baltimore
4
St. Louis
11
Philadelphia
506
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On June 7, 1885, the American Association formally adjusted their rules stating that all pitchers using an overhand delivery can do so without any type of delivery restrictions.

Did you know that the most consecutive games won on a team's home field by any Major League franchise is twenty-seven? That record belongs to the American Association St. Louis Browns who were finally defeated on July 18, 1885 by the Philadelphia Athletics.

The entire American Association cancelled all their games on August 8, 1885 in respect to the burial of former President Ulysses S. Grant in New York City, New York.

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