YEAR IN REVIEW : 1886 National League

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...

Guy Hecker of the Louisville Colonels became the first player ever to lead a league in both hitting and pitching after completing the 1886 season with fifty-two wins and a .341 average.

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

"You're born with two strikes against you, so don't take a third one on your own." - Connie Mack

1886 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
102
Chicago
.388
Detroit
40
Detroit
189
Detroit
11
Detroit
Chicago
.483
Chicago
147
Chicago
155
Detroit
.581
Detroit
284
New York
20

1886 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
62
St. Louis
1.76
New York
64
Philadelphia
2
Detroit
7
Detroit
323
Chicago
.793
Detroit
42
New York

1886 National League

Team Standings

Chicago White Stockings 90 34 .726 0
Detroit Wolverines 87 36 .707
New York Giants 75 44 .630 12½
Philadelphia Phillies 71 43 .623 14
Boston Beaneaters 56 61 .479 30½
St. Louis Maroons 43 79 .352 46
Kansas City Cowboys 30 91 .248 58½
Washington Senators 28 92 .233 60

1886 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
460
Detroit
.280
Chicago
198
Detroit
1,260
Chicago
53
Detroit
Chicago
.348
Chicago
900
Chicago
.401
Chicago
87

1886 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Detroit
122
Philadelphia
2.45
Fewest Hits Allowed
Philadelphia
923
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Detroit
20
Fewest Walks Allowed
Kansas City
246
Chicago
3
Philadelphia
10
Chicago
647
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Did you know that on May 31, 1886, New York played Detroit and attendance exceeded 20,000 for the first time in Major League history?

Why did we choose a Connie Mack quotation? Because he made his Major League debut on September 11, 1886, as a catcher with the Washington Senators.

On September 30, 1886, an agreement to play a best of seven winner take all "World Series" was accepted by the National League and American Association.

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