Year In Review : 1888 National League

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Serial killer "Jack the Ripper" mutilated a number of prostitutes in the East End of London in 1888, setting off a mass hysteria throughout the city. The name "Jack the Ripper" originated from a letter apparently written by someone claiming to be the killer at the time of the murders. All five women were brutally slain within a one-mile area radius of each other in the districts of Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Aldgate, and the City of London proper. Despite one of the most intensive manhunts ever conducted by Scotland Yard detectives, "The Ripper" was never actually caught, although there were several suspects.

I n the National League

Charles Ferguson, a standout pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies died on April 29 th twelve days after his twenty-fifth birthday. Ferguson had been a thirty-game winner in 1886 and a twenty-game winner in each of his three other Major League seasons.

On July 13 th , Harry Staley and Pud Galvin of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys became the first pitchers ever to combine for a double-header shutout after blanking Boston 4-0 and 6-0.

The National League champion New York Giants defeated the American Association’s St. Louis Browns (four-time pennant winners) in an eight-game Championship series. Each player earned a $200 bonus plus an additional $128 from to following benefit games. St. Louis owner Chris Von Der Ahe kept the Browns $1,200 pennant purse while referring to his players as "chumps" in the papers. As a result, the team had now played in twenty-seven post-season games (over two seasons) without ever receiving a dime.

I n the American Association

American Association umpire John Gaffney changed the system for game calling after moving out from behind the plate – to behind the pitcher when a runner was on base.

Cincinnati Red Stocking fans were able to follow the game using the first ever baseball scorecard.

Perhaps the most famous baseball poem ever written "Casey at the Bat" was published in the San Francisco Examiner. Twenty-five year-old author Ernest L. Thayer was paid $5 for his efforts and was simply credited as "Phin".

"His (Jake Beckley) batting skill earned him the sobriquet of "Old Eagle Eye" as he hit .300 or better 13 times." - National Baseball Hall of Fame
1888 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

73

Batting Average

Chicago

.344

Doubles

Detroit

33

Chicago

Hits

Chicago

182

Home Runs

Chicago

16

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.400

RBI

Chicago

84

Runs

Detroit

118

Slugging Average

Chicago

.515

Total Bases

Chicago

283

Triples

Boston

18

1888 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Pittsburgh

54

ERA

New York

1.74

Games

Pittsburgh

55

Saves

Philadelphia

2

Shutouts

New York

8

Philadelphia

Strikeouts

New York

335

Winning Percentage

New York

.745

Wins

New York

35

1888 National League

Team Standings

New York Giants

84 47 .641 0

Chicago White Stockings

77 58 .570 9

Philadelphia Philllies

69 61 .531 14½

Boston Beaneaters

70 64 .522 15½

Detroit Wolverines

68 63 .519 16

Pittsburgh Alleghenys

66 68 .493 19½

Indianapolis Hoosiers

50 85 .370 36

Washington Senators

48 86 .358 37½

1888 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Detroit

307

Batting Average

Detroit

.263

Doubles

Indianapolis

180

Hits

Detroit

1,275

Home Runs

Chicago

77

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.313

Runs

Chicago

734

Slugging Average

Chicago

.383

Triples

Chicago

95

1888 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Pittsburgh

135

ERA

New York

1.96

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

907

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Pittsburgh

23

Fewest Walks Allowed

Detroit

183

Saves

Philadelphia

3

Shutouts

New York

20

Strikeouts

New York

726



On May 22, 1888, future hall of famer Ed Delahanty made his Major League debut and was held hitless and had two errors. Less than one month later, on June 20, future hall of famer Jake Beckley made his Major League debut and had a double, a triple and a stolen base.

Did you know that on May 25, 1888, Boston defeated Philadelphia 4-1 at the first game ever played at the South End Grounds?

On August 22, and September 6, 1888, Indianapolis attempted to play games at night for the first time ever. Neither game was considered successful and the concept was scrapped.

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