YEAR IN REVIEW : 1886 American Association

Off the field...

A bombing at Haymarket Square in Chicago killed seven policemen and injured many others. The attack occurred during a demonstration for an eight-hour workday that was organized by eight alleged anarchists who were later arrested and accused of the crime. Following a speedy trial, three were imprisoned; one committed suicide and four others were hanged. In 1893, Illinois Governor John P. Altgeld pardoned the three survivors after accusations of an unfair trial surfaced.

In the National League...

Pitcher Jim McCormick of the Chicago White Stockings topped the New York Giants 7-3 on July 1 st for his sixteenth consecutive win.

"The Bible of Baseball" aka The Sporting News was established in St. Louis Missouri.

In the American Association...

The American Association Champion St. Louis Browns took on the National League Champion Chicago White Stockings and beat them in six games for the Championship title.

Tip O'Neil of the Browns became the first player ever to hit two round-trippers in championship play after knocking two inside-the-park homers en route to a 12-0 massacre over Chicago.

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Matt Kilroy posted five-hundred thirteen strikeouts in sixty-eight games, but still finished the season with a 29-34 record and a last-place team.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Although Mr. Larkin played baseball when the rules of the game were vastly different from those of today, he professed recently not to see much difference." - New York Times Obituary (February 2, 1942)

1886 American Association Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Brooklyn
70
Brooklyn
Louisville
.341
Philadelphia
36
New York
193
Cincinnati
8
Philadelphia
.390
St. Louis
107
St. Louis
152
New York
.527
New York
301
New York
31

1886 American Association Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Baltimore
66
Louisville
St. Louis
2.11
Baltimore
68
Louisville
1
n/a
St. Louis
St. Louis
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
12
Baltimore
513
St. Louis
.719
St. Louis
41
Pittsburgh

1886 American Association

Team Standings

St. Louis Browns 93 46 .669 0
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 80 57 .584 12
Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers 76 61 .555 16
Louisville Colonels 66 70 .485 25½
Cincinnati Red Stockings 65 73 .471 27½
Philadelphia Athletics 63 72 .467 28
New York Metropolitans 53 82 .393 38
Baltimore Orioles 48 83 .366 41

1886 American Association Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Pittsburgh
478
St. Louis
.273
St. Louis
206
St. Louis
1,365
Cincinnati
45
St. Louis
.333
St. Louis
944
St. Louis
.360
Pittsburgh
96

1886 American Association Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Brooklyn
138
St. Louis
2.49
Fewest Hits Allowed
St. Louis
1,087
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Pittsburgh
10
Fewest Walks Allowed
Pittsburgh
299
Louisville
2
St. Louis
Pittsburgh
15
Baltimore
805
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On August 24, 1886, Matt Kilroy of the Baltimore Orioles struck out sixteen Philadelphia Athletics batters - a single game high for the season where he set the all-time record for strikeouts with five-hundred thirteen.

Did you know that fans who attended games in the New York Metropolitans park on Staten Island were able to watch the Statue of Liberty being built while they enjoyed a game of baseball?

The 1886 American Association batting champion was Guy Hecker (.341) who narrowly defeated Pete Browning (.340). However, Hecker was a pitcher and became the first and only hurler to ever win a batting title from any league in any season in Major League history.

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