1885 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1885 throughout the world.  

Champions[edit]

  • Post-season playoff: Chicago White Stockings played St. Louis Browns. Series ended with both teams going 3–3–1 in a best-of-7 series. Game 1 ended in a tie called after 8 inning due to darkness; Game 2 was awarded to Chicago by forfeit after 6 innings because St. Louis refused to continue after disputing an umpiring decision. Both teams dispute series and claim championship.
  • National League: Chicago White Stockings
  • American Association: St. Louis Browns

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

National League final standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Stockings 87 25 0.777 42–14 45–11
New York Giants 85 27 0.759 2 51–10 34–17
Philadelphia Quakers 56 54 0.509 30 29–26 27–28
Providence Grays 53 57 0.482 33 31–20 22–37
Boston Beaneaters 46 66 0.411 41 24–34 22–32
Detroit Wolverines 41 67 0.380 44 29–23 12–44
Buffalo Bisons 38 74 0.339 49 19–34 19–40
St. Louis Maroons 36 72 0.333 49 23–33 13–39


American Association final 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


Statistical leaders[edit]

National League statistical leaders[edit]

National League
Type Name Stat
AVG Roger Connor NYG .371
HR Abner Dalrymple CHC 11
RBI Cap Anson CHC 108
Wins John Clarkson CHC 53
ERA Tim Keefe NYG 1.57
Strikeouts John Clarkson CHC 308

American Association statistical leaders[edit]

American Association
Type Name Stat
AVG Pete Browning LOU .362
HR Harry Stovey PHA 13
RBI Frank Fennelly CIN 89
Wins Bob Caruthers LOU 40
ERA Bob Caruthers LOU 2.07
Strikeouts Ed Morris PIT 298

Notable seasons[edit]

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

  • October 1 – The first all black professional team is formed by Frank P. Thompson. Originally known as the Athletics, they will soon change their name to the Cuban Giants.
  • October 3 – Playing in an exhibition game against Newark of the Eastern League, the American Association Baltimore Orioles are no-hit by the former (and future) big-leaguer, John "Phenomenal" Smith.
  • October 7 – Fred Shaw of the Providence Grays throws a 5 inning no-hitter before 12 fans in Buffalo in the first game of a double-header against the Bisons. Shaw beats them again in another 5-inning game in the nightcap.
  • October 10 – The Providence Grays sweep the Buffalo Bisons in a double-header in the Bison's last day in the major leagues. Buffalo finishes the season with a 17 game winless streak, only managing 1 tie in the season's last 3 weeks.
  • October 10 – Joe Gerhardt, second baseman of the New York Giants finishes the season with a .155 batting average while shortstop Charlie Bastian of the Philadelphia Quakers ends the year with a .167 average. Both players set still-standing records for the lowest batting average in a season (with a minimum of 350 at-bats) for their respective positions.
  • October 17 – The National League sets a minimum player salary of $1,000 and a maximum of $2,000 for the 1886 season.
  • October 22 John Montgomery Ward, along with several teammates, forms the Brotherhood of Professional Base-ball Players, the first union in professional sports history. The Brotherhood would ultimately result in the Players League in 1890.
  • October 24 – The final game of the 1885 World Series is played. The St. Louis Browns defeat the Chicago White Stockings 13–4 to tie the series at 3 wins each, with game 1 having ended in a tie.
  • December 4 – The New York Metropolitans are sold to Canadien-born millionaire Erastus Wiman for $25,000.
  • December 24 – The St. Louis Browns sell the reserve rights of Sam Barkley to fellow American Association member Baltimore Orioles for $1,000.

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