Year In Review : 1886 American Association

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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.

I n 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.

I n 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.

"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

Batting Average

Louisville

.341

Doubles

Philadelphia

36

Hits

New York

193

Home Runs

Cincinnati

8

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.390

RBI

St. Louis

107

Runs

St. Louis

152

Slugging Average

New York

.527

Total Bases

New York

301

Triples

New York

31

1886 American Association Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Baltimore

66

Louisville

ERA

St. Louis

2.11

Games

Baltimore

68

Saves

Louisville

1

n/a

St. Louis

St. Louis

Pittsburgh

Shutouts

Pittsburgh

12

Strikeouts

Baltimore

513

Winning Percentage

St. Louis

.719

Wins

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

Base on Balls

Pittsburgh

478

Batting Average

St. Louis

.273

Doubles

St. Louis

206

Hits

St. Louis

1,365

Home Runs

Cincinnati

45

On Base Percentage

St. Louis

.333

Runs

St. Louis

944

Slugging Average

St. Louis

.360

Triples

Pittsburgh

96

1886 American Association Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Brooklyn

138

ERA

St. Louis

2.49

Fewest Hits Allowed

St. Louis

1,087

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Pittsburgh

10

Fewest Walks Allowed

Pittsburgh

299

Saves

Louisville

2

St. Louis

Shutouts

Pittsburgh

15

Strikeouts

Baltimore

805



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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