1888 World Series

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The Hall Cup was awarded to the Giants for defeating the Browns in the 1888 series. Now on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame, the exhibit says the cup is "baseball's oldest existing World Championship trophy".

The 1888 World Series was an end-of-the-year playoff series between the National League champion New York Giants and American Association champion St. Louis Browns.

The Giants won, 6 games to 4. Hall of Fame pitcher Tim Keefe went 4–0.

This was the Browns' last appearance in the pre-modern World Series, the last of their four consecutive AA pennants. The club would join the NL in 1892 and be renamed as the Cardinals by 1900. It would be 1926 before they would win their next league pennant.

Game summary[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 16, 1888 at Polo Grounds in New York, NY; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Browns 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 5
New York Giants 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 x 2 2 4
Win: Tim Keefe (1–0) Loss: Silver King (0–1)
Home Runs: none

Game 2[edit]

October 17, 1888 at Polo Grounds in New York, NY; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Browns 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 4
New York Giants 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Win: Elton Chamberlain (1–0) Loss: Mickey Welch (0–1)
Home Runs: none

Game 3[edit]

October 18, 1888 at Polo Grounds in New York, NY; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Browns 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 5 5
New York Giants 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 x 4 5 2
Win: Tim Keefe (2–0) Loss: Silver King (0–2)
Home Runs: none

Game 4[edit]

October 19, 1888 at Washington Park in Brooklyn, NY; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Giants 1 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 8 2
St. Louis Browns 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 7 4
Win: Ed Crane (1–0) Loss: Elton Chamberlain (1–1)
Home Runs: none

Game 5[edit]

October 20, 1888 at Polo Grounds in New York, NY; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
St. Louis Browns 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 4 5 5
New York Giants 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 9 2
Win: Tim Keefe (3–0) Loss: Silver King (0–3)
Home Runs: none

Game 6[edit]

October 22, 1888 at Philadelphia Baseball Grounds in Philadelphia, PA; day game

(last World Series game to be played at a neutral site)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
New York Giants 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 5 12 13 5
St. Louis Browns 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 3 7
Win: Mickey Welch (1–1) Loss: Elton Chamberlain (1–2)
Home Runs: none

Game 7[edit]

October 24, 1888 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, MO; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
New York Giants 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 11 3
St. Louis Browns 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 7 8 3
Win: Silver King (1–3) Loss: Ed Crane (1–1)
Home Runs: none

Game 8[edit]

October 25, 1888 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, MO; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Giants 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 6 11 12 2
St. Louis Browns 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 5 6
Win: Tim Keefe (4–0) Loss: Elton Chamberlain (1–3)
Home Runs: Buck Ewing, Mike Tiernan

Game 9[edit]

October 26, 1888 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, MO; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York Giants 0 3 5 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 11 14 5
St. Louis Browns 1 4 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 3 14 15 4
Win: Jim Devlin (1–0) Loss: Bill George (0–1)
Home Runs: Tip O'Neill

Game 10[edit]

October 27, 1888 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, MO; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Giants 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 7 13 8
St. Louis Browns 0 1 0 5 0 5 4 2 1 18 17 3
Win: Elton Chamberlain (2–3) Loss: Cannonball Titcomb (0–1)
Home Runs: Bill George, Tip O'Neill, Tommy McCarthy

Series Stats[edit]

New York Giants[edit]

Batting[edit]

Player G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG
Willard Brown 2 8 8 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.375 0.375 0.500
Roger Connor 7 27 23 7 7 1 2 0 3 4 4 0 0.304 0.407 0.522
Ed Crane 2 7 7 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0.143 0.143 0.143
Buck Ewing 7 27 26 5 9 0 2 1 6 5 1 3 0.346 0.370 0.615
Bill George 2 9 9 2 3 1 0 1 4 0 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.778
George Gore 3 13 11 5 5 1 0 0 0 2 2 2 0.455 0.538 0.545
Gil Hatfield 2 9 8 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0.250 0.333 0.250
Tim Keefe 4 13 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0.091 0.231 0.091
Pat Murphy 3 10 10 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.100 0.100 0.100
Jim O'Rourke 10 40 36 4 8 0 0 0 1 3 4 2 0.222 0.300 0.222
Danny Richardson 9 39 36 6 6 2 0 0 6 3 3 5 0.167 0.231 0.222
Mike Slattery 10 39 39 6 8 2 0 0 5 6 0 5 0.205 0.205 0.256
Mike Tiernan 10 46 38 8 13 0 0 1 6 5 8 2 0.342 0.457 0.421
Cannonball Titcomb 1 4 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.750
John Ward 8 30 29 4 11 1 0 0 6 6 1 0 0.379 0.400 0.414
Mickey Welch 2 7 7 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.286 0.286 0.286
Art Whitney 10 38 37 7 12 0 1 0 12 2 1 4 0.324 0.342 0.378
Team Totals 10 366 339 64 94 10 5 3 55 38 27 30 0.277 0.331 0

Pitching[edit]

Player G W – L SV GS CG SHO IP H HR BB SO R ER ERA
Ed Crane 2 1–1 0 2 2 0 17.0 15 0 6 12 10 4 2.12
Bill George 1 0–1 0 1 1 0 10.0 15 1 3 4 14 8 7.20
Gil Hatfield 1 0–0 0 0 0 0 5.0 12 1 3 2 12 7 12.60
Tim Keefe 4 4–0 0 4 4 0 35.0 18 0 9 30 12 2 0.51
Cannonball Titcomb 1 0–1 0 1 0 0 4.0 5 1 2 2 6 3 6.75
Mickey Welch 2 1–1 0 2 2 0 17.0 10 0 9 2 8 5 2.65
Team Totals 10 6–4 0 10 9 0 88.0 75 3 32 52 62 29 2.97

St. Louis Browns[edit]

Batting[edit]

Player G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG
Jack Boyle 4 18 16 4 7 0 1 0 4 3 2 2 0.438 0.500 0.563
Elton Chamberlain 5 17 13 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 3 0.000 0.235 0.000
Charlie Comiskey 10 42 41 6 11 1 1 0 3 4 1 1 0.268 0.286 0.341
Jim Devlin 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
Ed Herr 3 11 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0.091 0.091 0.091
Silver King 5 16 15 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0.067 0.125 0.067
Arlie Latham 10 45 40 10 10 0 0 0 3 11 5 6 0.250 0.333 0.250
Harry Lyons 5 18 17 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0.118 0.167 0.118
Tommy McCarthy 10 41 41 10 10 1 0 1 9 6 0 0 0.244 0.244 0.341
Jocko Milligan 8 28 25 5 10 2 1 0 4 0 3 3 0.400 0.464 0.560
Tip O'Neill 10 43 37 8 9 1 0 2 11 0 6 3 0.243 0.349 0.432
Yank Robinson 10 42 36 7 9 2 1 0 7 2 6 12 0.250 0.357 0.361
Bill White 10 38 35 4 5 1 0 0 4 1 3 6 0.143 0.211 0.171
Team Totals 10 362 330 60 75 8 4 3 46 29 32 52 0.227 0.296 0

Pitching[edit]

Player G W – L SV GS CG SHO IP H HR BB SO R ER ERA
Elton Chamberlain 5 2–3 0 5 5 1 44.0 52 3 16 13 36 26 5.32
Jim Devlin 1 1–0 0 0 0 0 7.0 5 0 2 5 3 2 2.57
Silver King 5 1–3 0 5 4 0 35.0 37 0 9 12 23 9 2.31
Team Totals 10 4–6 0 10 9 1 86.0 94 3 27 30 62 37 3.87

Series Summary[edit]

Game Score Date Ballpark, City Attendance
1 Browns 1 – 2 Giants October 16 Polo Grounds, New York, NY 4,876
2 Browns 3 – 0 Giants October 17 Polo Grounds, New York, NY 5,575
3 Browns 2 – 4 Giants October 18 Polo Grounds, New York, NY 5,780
4 Giants 6 – 3 Browns October 19 Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY 3,062
5 Browns 4 – 6 Giants (8 innings) October 20 Polo Grounds, New York, NY 9,124
6 Giants 12 – 5 Browns (8 innings) October 22 Philadelphia Baseball Grounds, Philadelphia, PA 3,281
7 Giants 5 – 7 Browns (8 innings) October 24 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis, MO 4,624
8 Giants 11 – 3 Browns October 25 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis, MO 4,865
9 Giants 11 – 14 Browns October 26 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis, MO 711
10 Giants 7 – 18 Browns October 27 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis, MO 412