YEAR IN REVIEW : 1885 National League

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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"(Tim) Keefe was a master strategist who was one of the first hurlers to use a change of pace delivery." - National Baseball Hall of Fame

1885 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
75
New York
.371
Chicago
35
New York
169
Chicago
11
New York
.435
Chicago
108
Chicago
124
Buffalo
.543
New York
225
New York
16

1885 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
68
New York
1.58
Chicago
70
Chicago
2
Chicago
Chicago
10
Chicago
308
New York
.800
Chicago
53

1885 National League

Team Standings

Chicago White Stockings 87 25 .777 0
New York Giants 85 27 .759 2
Philadelphia Phillies 56 54 .509 30
Providence Grays 53 57 .482 33
Boston Beaneaters 46 66 .411 41
Detroit Wolverines 41 67 .380 44
Buffalo Bisons 38 74 .339 49
St. Louis Maroons 36 72 .333 49

1885 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
340
New York
.269
Chicago
184
New York
1,085
Chicago
54
Chicago
.320
Chicago
834
Chicago
.385
New York
82

1885 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
111
New York
1.72
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
758
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
New York
11
Fewest Walks Allowed
Boston
188
Chicago
4
New York
16
New York
516
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In 1885, Mickey Welch , in his rookie season, and Tim Keefe would combine for 76 Giants wins - second only to Old Hoss Radbourn and Charlie Sweeney who won a combined 77 games during the 1884 season .

On June 6, 1885, the Chicago White Stockings defeated St. Louis 9-2 in the first game ever played in West Side Park.

On October 7, 1885, the Buffalo Bisons lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Providence Grays. Dupee Shaw actually won both ends of the doubleheader AND tossed a five inning no-hitter during the first game.

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