Year In Review : 1887 National League

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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).

I n 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.

I n 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.

"He (Sam Thompson) was known as an outstanding clutch hitter and he collected over 200 hits three times, twice topping the National League in home runs and RBI." - National Baseball Hall of Fame
1887 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

82

Batting Average

Chicago

.347

Doubles

Detroit

36

Hits

Detroit

203

Home Runs

Washington

19

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.426

RBI

Detroit

166

Runs

Detroit

153

Slugging Average

Detroit

.571

Total Bases

Detroit

311

Triples

Detroit

23

1887 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

56

ERA

Philadelphia

2.86

Games

Chicago

60

Saves

Chicago

1

Indianapolis

Chicago

Boston

New York

Detroit

Chicago

Shutouts

Philadelphia

4

Strikeouts

Chicago

237

Winning Percentage

Detroit

.690

Wins

Chicago

38

1887 National League

Team Standings

Detroit Wolverines

79 45 .637 0

Philadelphia Phillies

75 48 .610

Chicago White Stockings

71 50 .587

New York Giants

68 55 .553 10½

Boston Beaneaters

61 60 .504 16½

Pittsburgh Alleghenys

55 69 .444 24

Washington Senators

46 76 .377 32

Indianapolis Hoosiers

37 89 .294 43

1887 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

407

Batting Average

Detroit

.299

Doubles

Detroit

213

Philadelphia

Hits

Detroit

1,404

Home Runs

Chicago

80

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.353

Runs

Detroit

969

Slugging Average

Detroit

.434

Triples

Detroit

126

1887 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Washington

124

ERA

Chicago

3.46

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,096

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

New York

27

Fewest Walks Allowed

Pittsburgh

246

Saves

Chicago

3

Shutouts

Philadelphia

7

Strikeouts

Chicago

510



On April 30, 1887, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Giants 19-10 in the first game ever played at the Baker Bowl.

On May 7, 1887, Sam Thompson became the first player to hit two bases loaded triples during the same game.

Did you know that during the 1887 regular season base on balls (walks) were counted as actual base hits?

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