Year In Review : 1897 National League

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I n the National League

The Chicago Colts set a Major League record after scoring thirty-six runs on thirty hits against the Louisville Colonels on June 29 th .

On June 18 th , Chicago’s player / manager Cap Anson became the first Major League player to reach three-thousand hits after tapping a single off the Baltimore Orioles for a 6-3 win.

Philadelphia’s rookie sensation Napoleon Lajoie hit .361 and led the National League with nine home runs and a .569 slugging average.

"A hard-driving disciplinarian, (Cap) Anson was perhaps the most influential player in the nineteenth century." - Total Baseball
1897 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Boston

105

Batting Average

Baltimore

.424

Doubles

Baltimore

43

Hits

Baltimore

239

Home Runs

Boston

11

On Base Percentage

Baltimore

.471

RBI

New York

136

Runs

Boston

152

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.569

Stolen Bases

Chicago

73

Total Bases

Philadelphia

310

Triples

Pittsburgh

28

1897 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

St. Louis

38

Chicago

Pittsburgh

ERA

New York

2.54

Games

St. Louis

46

Boston

Washington

Cleveland

Saves

Boston

3

Washington

Shutouts

Washington

5

Strikeouts

Washington

156

Winning Percentage

Boston

.788

Wins

Boston

31

1897 National League

Team Standings

Boston Beaneaters

93 39 3 .705 0

Baltimore Orioles

90 40 6 .692 2

New York Giants

83 48 7 .634

Cincinnati Reds

76 56 2 .576 17

Cleveland Spiders

69 62 1 .527 23½

Washington Senators

61 71 4 .462 32

Brooklyn Bridegrooms

61 71 3 .462 32

Pittsburgh Pirates

60 71 4 .458 32½

Chicago Colts

59 73 6 .447 34

Philadelphia Phillies

55 77 2 .417 38

Louisville Colonels

52 78 6 .400 40

St. Louis Browns

29 102 2 .221 63½

1897 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Baltimore

437

Batting Average

Baltimore

.325

Doubles

Baltimore

243

Hits

Baltimore

1,584

Home Runs

Boston

45

On Base Percentage

Baltimore

.394

Runs

Boston

1,025

Slugging Average

Boston

.426

Stolen Bases

Baltimore

401

Triples

Pittsburgh

108

1897 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

131

ERA

New York

3.47

Fewest Hits Allowed

New York

1,214

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Baltimore

18

Cincinnati

Fewest Walks Allowed

Cleveland

289

Saves

Boston

7

Shutouts

Boston

8

New York

Strikeouts

New York

456



On April 22, 1897, Wee Willie Keeler hit a single and double. This was game one of a forty-four consecutive game batting streak that went unmatched until Joe DiMaggio broke the record during the " streak " in 1941.

In a highly unusual feat, catcher Duke Farrell of Washington threw out eight Orioles who attempted to steal second, but the Senators lost 6-3.

On July 18, 1897, Cap Anson hit what some baseball historians consider hit number three-thousand . However, in that total were sixty base on balls which during the 1887 season were counted as hits. Those hits were counted at first, removed by Major League Baseball, then restored again in 2001.

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