Year In Review : 1886 National League

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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

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.

"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

Base on Balls

Chicago

102

Batting Average

Chicago

.388

Doubles

Detroit

40

Hits

Detroit

189

Home Runs

Detroit

11

Detroit

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.483

RBI

Chicago

147

Runs

Chicago

155

Slugging Average

Detroit

.581

Total Bases

Detroit

284

Triples

New York

20

1886 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

62

ERA

St. Louis

1.76

Games

New York

64

Saves

Philadelphia

2

Shutouts

Detroit

7

Strikeouts

Detroit

323

Winning Percentage

Chicago

.793

Wins

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

Base on Balls

Chicago

460

Batting Average

Detroit

.280

Doubles

Chicago

198

Hits

Detroit

1,260

Home Runs

Chicago

53

Detroit

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.348

Runs

Chicago

900

Slugging Average

Chicago

.401

Triples

Chicago

87

1886 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Detroit

122

ERA

Philadelphia

2.45

Fewest Hits Allowed

Philadelphia

923

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Detroit

20

Fewest Walks Allowed

Kansas City

246

Saves

Chicago

3

Shutouts

Philadelphia

10

Strikeouts

Chicago

647



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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