YEAR IN REVIEW : 1897 National League

Off the field...

Bram Stoker's groundbreaking horror novel "Dracula" was published. Although not the first vampire tale, Stoker's version became the blueprint for all those that have followed. Dracula was seven long years in the writing, from first notes to finished book and it sold reasonably well when it was published, even though the critics were not so generous. A popular bestseller in Victorian England, Stoker's hypnotic tale of the bloodthirsty Count Dracula, whose nocturnal feedings are symbolic of an evil both old and new, still endures as the greatest story of suspense and horror ever written to date.

In 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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

Boston
105
Baltimore
.424
Baltimore
43
Baltimore
239
Boston
11
Baltimore
.471
New York
136
Boston
152
Philadelphia
.569
Chicago
73
Philadelphia
310
Pittsburgh
28

1897 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
38
Chicago
Pittsburgh
New York
2.54
St. Louis
46
Boston
Washington
Cleveland
Boston
3
Washington
Washington
5
Washington
156
Boston
.788
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

Baltimore
437
Baltimore
.325
Baltimore
243
Baltimore
1,584
Boston
45
Baltimore
.394
Boston
1,025
Boston
.426
Baltimore
401
Pittsburgh
108

1897 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
131
New York
3.47
Fewest Hits Allowed
New York
1,214
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Baltimore
18
Cincinnati
Fewest Walks Allowed
Cleveland
289
Boston
7
Boston
8
New York
New York
456
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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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