YEAR IN REVIEW : 1887 National League

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.

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"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

Philadelphia
82
Chicago
.347
Detroit
36
Detroit
203
Washington
19
Detroit
.426
Detroit
166
Detroit
153
Detroit
.571
Detroit
311
Detroit
23

1887 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
56
Philadelphia
2.86
Chicago
60
Saves
Chicago
1
Indianapolis
Chicago
Boston
New York
Detroit
Chicago
Philadelphia
4
Chicago
237
Detroit
.690
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

Chicago
407
Detroit
.299
Detroit
213
Philadelphia
Detroit
1,404
Chicago
80
Detroit
.353
Detroit
969
Detroit
.434
Detroit
126

1887 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Washington
124
Chicago
3.46
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,096
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
New York
27
Fewest Walks Allowed
Pittsburgh
246
Chicago
3
Philadelphia
7
Chicago
510
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baseball almanac fast facts

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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