YEAR IN REVIEW : 1887 American Association

Off the field...

English author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes story "A Study in Scarlet" was published. Doyle's brilliant and theatrical hero solved all of his extraordinarily complex cases through what he called "ingenious deductive reasoning". His companion, Dr. Watson, narrated the stories and both characters helped to redefine the mystery novel. Doyle later abandoned his medical practice in 1890 and devoted his time to writing. Other works of the great detective included The Sign of the Four (1890), The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905), His Last Bow (1917), and The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, (1927).

In the National League...

The Philadelphia Phillies finished off their 1887 season with an unprecedented sixteen consecutive wins.

Detroit Wolverines owner Frederick Stearnes challenged American Association St. Louis owner Chris Von Der Ahe to a best-of-fifteen Championship series. The Wolverines prevailed winning eight games. Despite appearing in sixteen post-season games, the Browns receive nothing for their efforts as Von Der Ahe refused to share his profits.

In the American Association...

Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Fred Chapman became the youngest player ever to take the mound in the Major Leagues after working five innings against the Cleveland Spiders at the age of fourteen.

St. Louis Browns first baseman/manager Charles Comiskey became the first baseball player ever paid to endorse a product after lending his name and likeness to Menell's Penetrating Oil.

Thomas Ramsey of the Louisville Colonels introduced the "knuckleball" pitch, which helped him to fan seventeen batters in a single game — twice.

On April 16 th , Mike Griffin of the Baltimore Orioles became the first player ever to homer in his first Major League at-bat.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Paul Revere Radford, one of baseball's oldtime great batters, died last night. He played with clubs in the old American Association and National League including Boston, New York, Cleveland, Washington, Providence and Buffalo." - New York Times Obituary (February 24, 1944)

1887 American Association Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
106
St. Louis
.435
St. Louis
52
Hits
Louisville
275
St. Louis
St. Louis
14
St. Louis
.490
St. Louis
123
St. Louis
167
St. Louis
.691
St. Louis
357
Triples
Baltimore
19
Baltimore
Louisville
Cincinnati
St. Louis
Philadelphia

1887 American Association Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Baltimore
66
Cincinnati
2.94
Baltimore
69
Brooklyn
3
Baltimore
6
Cincinnati
Louisville
355
St. Louis
.763
Baltimore
46

1887 American Association

Team Standings

St. Louis Browns 95 40 .704 0
Cincinnati Red Stockings 81 54 .600 14
Baltimore Orioles 77 58 .570 18
Louisville Colonels 76 60 .559 19½
Philadelphia Athletics 64 69 .481 30
Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers 60 74 .448 34½
New York Metropolitans 44 89 .331 50
Cleveland Blues 39 92 .298 54

1887 American Association Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Baltimore
469
St. Louis
.307
St. Louis
261
St. Louis
1,550
St. Louis
39
St. Louis
.371
St. Louis
1,131
St. Louis
.413
Cincinnati
10296

1887 American Association Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Louisville
133
Cincinnati
3.58
Fewest Hits Allowed
Cincinnati
1,202
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Louisville
16
Fewest Walks Allowed
St. Louis
323
Brooklyn
3
Cincinnati
11
Louisville
544
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On Opening Day (April 16, 1887) both Mike Griffin and George Tebeau hit home runs; however, they both happened during the first at-bat of their Major League careers making this the first Opening Day for such an event and the first time to players joined this unique club on the same day.

Did you know that there have been only three instances in Major League history where an outfielder has started more than two double plays from his position? They are (in chronological order) June 9, 1887 by Candy Nelson , April 26, 1905 by Jack McCarthy and April 19, 1926 by Ira Flagstead .

On October 1, 1887 league leader in games pitched, complete games, wins and shutouts Matt Kilroy won both ends of a doubleheader and set the Major League record for wins in a single season by a lefthanded pitcher.

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