1885 St. Louis Browns season

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1885 St. Louis Browns
1885 American Association Championship
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 79–33 (.705)
League place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Chris von der Ahe
Manager(s) Charlie Comiskey
Stats ESPN.com
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The 1885 St. Louis Browns season was the team's 4th season in St. Louis, Missouri, and the 4th season in the American Association. The Browns went 79–33 during the season, best in the American Association, and won their first AA pennant. In the World Series, the Browns played the National League champion Chicago White Stockings. The series ended in dispute with each club winning 3 games with 1 tie.

Regular season[edit]

Season summary[edit]

The making of the first championship[edit]

Manager Charlie Comiskey finally was able to assemble and direct a team from start to finish the way he wanted.[citation needed] The result: a runaway championship.

The team was built on daring baserunning, clutch hitting, and the best pitching in the league. The team as a whole led the league in both earned run average and overall runs allowed by a healthy margin over second-best Louisville.[1] Individually, Dave Foutz was outstanding, as he won 33 of the 46 games he started and ranked fifth in ERA. His teammate Bob Caruthers was even better, compiling league-leading totals in wins (40), ERA (2.07) and winning percentage (a stellar .755).[2]

Running away from the pack[edit]

The Browns took over first place to stay in the second week of May, but they made a joke of the race in July. On successive home stands, they had winning streaks of 17 and 10 games, combining for a major-league record 27-game winning streak at home that still stands as the best ever.[3] They finished 16 laps ahead of second-place Cincinnati Red Stockings and earned a berth in the World Series against National League champion Chicago White Stockings.

The championship[edit]

Game 1 between the Browns and White Stockings was called for darkness tied 5–5 after eight innings. The Series turned with Game 2 in St. Louis. Chicago was leading 5–4 in the sixth inning when Comiskey pulled his team off the field in protest of the work of umpire Dave Sullivan. Sullivan later forfeited the game to Chicago.

After Foutz pitched St. Louis to a 13–4 victory, however, Anson reneged, and the baseball world called the series a draw.

Season standings[edit]

American Association W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Browns 79 33 0.705 44–11 35–22
Cincinnati Red Stockings 63 49 0.562 16 35–21 28–28
Pittsburg Alleghenys 56 55 0.505 22½ 37–19 19–36
Philadelphia Athletics 55 57 0.491 24 33–23 22–34
Brooklyn Grays 53 59 0.473 26 35–22 18–37
Louisville Colonels 53 59 0.473 26 37–19 16–40
New York Metropolitans 44 64 0.407 33 28–24 16–40
Baltimore Orioles 41 68 0.376 36½ 29–26 12–42


Roster[edit]

1885 St. Louis Browns
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Bushong, DocDoc Bushong 85 300 80 .267 0 21
1B Comiskey, CharlieCharlie Comiskey 83 340 87 .256 2 44
2B Barkley, SamSam Barkley 106 418 112 .268 3 53
SS Gleason, BillBill Gleason 112 472 119 .252 3 53
3B Latham, ArlieArlie Latham 110 485 100 .206 1 35
OF Welch, CurtCurt Welch 112 432 117 .271 3 69
OF Robinson, YankYank Robinson 78 287 75 .261 0 35
OF Nicol, HughHugh Nicol 112 425 88 .207 0 45

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
O'Neill, TipTip O'Neill 52 206 72 .350 3 38
Sullivan, DanDan Sullivan 17 60 7 .117 0 3
Drissel, MikeMike Drissel 6 20 1 .050 0 0
Broughton, CalCal Broughton 4 17 1 .059 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Caruthers, BobBob Caruthers 53 482.1 40 13 2.07 190
Foutz, DaveDave Foutz 47 407.2 33 14 2.63 147
McGinnis, JumboJumbo McGinnis 13 112 6 6 3.38 41

World Series[edit]

Main article: 1885 World Series
  • Game 1 (October 14): Darkness ends game one after 8 innings‚ with the teams tied 5–5.
  • Game 2 (October 15): With Chicago leading 5–4 in the sixth inning, Browns manager Charles Comiskey calls his team off the field to protest a ruling made by umpire Dave Sullivan. The game is forfeited to Chicago.
  • Game 6 (October 23): The series moves from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati‚ setting a record for the series played in the most cities. (It was also played in New York and St. Louis.) Chicago takes a 3–2 series lead by beating the Browns 9–2.
  • Game 7 (October 24): Behind pitcher Dave Foutz, St. Louis defeats Chicago 13–4 in the 7th and last game. The Browns claim the game 2 forfeit didn't count and therefore claim the championship. The two clubs split the $1000 prize.[3]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
New York Metropolitans
1884
American Association Championship Season
1885
Succeeded by
St. Louis Browns
1886