1872 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1872 throughout the world.  

Champions[edit]

National Association final standings[edit]

National Association
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Boston Red Stockings 39 8 .830
2nd Philadelphia Athletics 30 14 .682 7.5
3rd Baltimore Canaries 34 19 .642 8
4th New York Mutuals 34 20 .630 8.5
5th Troy Haymakers 15 10 .600 13.0
6th Cleveland Forest Citys 6 15 .286 20
7th Brooklyn Atlantics 8 27 .229 25.0
8th Washington Olympics 2 7 .222 18.0
9th Middletown Mansfields 5 19 .208 22.5
10th Brooklyn Eckfords 3 26 .103 27.0
11th Washington Nationals 0 11 .000 21.0

Statistical leaders[edit]

National Association
Type Name Stat
AVG Ross Barnes BOS .432
HR Lip Pike BAL 6
RBI Lip Pike BAL 60
Wins Albert Spalding BOS 38
ERA Albert Spalding BOS 1.98
Strikeouts Bobby Mathews BAL 55

Notable seasons[edit]

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

  • March 4 – At its annual convention being held in Cleveland, the NA adopts a rule change to allow the use of the wrist in the pitching delivery.

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

  • July 6 – Sporting a 22–1 record, Harry Wright takes the Boston Red Stockings on vacation to an island in Boston Harbor.
  • July 9 – The Brooklyn Eckfords commit 13 errors in their 15–3 loss to the Troy Haymakers. It is the fewest errors committed by the 0–11 Eckfords in a game thus far this season.
  • July 23 – Despite a winning record, the Troy Haymakers disband due to financial problems. Half of the Haymaker's roster will move to the Brooklyn Eckfords, which saves them from dropping out of the NA.
  • July 26 – In an emergency meeting, the NA revises their scheduling requirements from 5 to 9 games versus each opponent competing for the championship. This is in response to the number of teams that have disbanded and comes 3 days after the first-division Troy Haymakers had called it quits.
  • August 13 – The Middletown Mansfields announce that they have disbanded the club and drop out of the NA.
  • August 19 – The Cleveland Forest Citys disband their club after a loss to the Boston Red Stockings. This drops the number of teams still playing in the NA to 6.
  • September 1 – Al Thake, left-fielder batting .295 for the Brooklyn Atlantics, drowns in New York harbor after falling from a fishing boat. Thake is the first active major league ballplayer to die. (But Elmer White, active in 1871, had died in winter.)

October–December[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Abbreviations
Date Individual's death date
Name Individual's name
Age Age at death
Cause Cause of death
Cemetery Place individual is interred
City/State City and state of burial
Seasons Seasons in which individual appeared
Teams Teams the individual played for or managed
Date Name Age Cause Cemetery City/State Seasons Teams Ref
March 17 Elmer White 21 Unknown Elmwood Cemetery Caton, New York 1871 Cleveland Forest Citys [1]
September 1 Al Thake 22 Drowning Green-Wood Cemetery Brooklyn, New York 1872 Brooklyn Atlantics [2][3]

References[edit]

General
  • Ryczek, William J. (1992). Blackguards and Red Stockings; A History of Baseball's National Association 1871–1875. Wallingford, CT: Colebrook Press ISBN 0-9673718-0-5
  • Nemec, David (1997). The Great Encyclopedia of 19th-Century Major League Baseball. New York: Donald I. Fine Books ISBN 1-55611-500-8
Specific
  1. ^ "Elmer Smith". retrosheet.org. Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Al Thake". retrosheet.org. Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Obit For Bub McAtee". thedeadballera.com. The New York Times. September 2, 1872. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 

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