1888 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1888 throughout the world.  

Champions[edit]

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

National League final standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 84 47 0.641 44–23 40–24
Chicago White Stockings 77 58 0.570 9 43–27 34–31
Philadelphia Quakers 69 61 0.531 14½ 37–29 32–32
Boston Beaneaters 70 64 0.522 15½ 36–30 34–34
Detroit Wolverines 68 63 0.519 16 40–26 28–37
Pittsburg Alleghenys 66 68 0.493 19½ 37–30 29–38
Indianapolis Hoosiers 50 85 0.370 36 31–35 19–50
Washington Nationals 48 86 0.358 37½ 26–38 22–48


American Association final standings[edit]

American Association W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Browns 92 43 0.681 60–21 32–22
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 88 52 0.629 53–20 35–32
Philadelphia Athletics 81 52 0.609 10 55–20 26–32
Cincinnati Red Stockings 80 54 0.597 11½ 56–25 24–29
Baltimore Orioles 57 80 0.416 36 30–26 27–54
Cleveland Blues 50 82 0.379 40½ 33–27 17–55
Louisville Colonels 48 87 0.356 44 27–29 21–58
Kansas City Cowboys 43 89 0.326 47½ 23–34 20–55


Statistical leaders[edit]

National League statistical leaders[edit]

National League
Type Name Stat
AVG Cap Anson CHC .344
HR Jimmy Ryan CHC 16
RBI Cap Anson CHC 84
Wins Tim Keefe NYG 35
ERA Tim Keefe NYG 1.74
Strikeouts Tim Keefe NYG 335

American Association statistical leaders[edit]

American Association
Type Name Stat
AVG Tip O'Neill STL .335
HR John Reilly CIN 13
RBI John Reilly CIN 103
Wins Silver King STL 45
ERA Silver King STL 1.64
Strikeouts Ed Seward PHA 272

Notable seasons[edit]

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

  • January 2 – Fred Dunlap signs a contract paying him a $5,000 salary and a $2,000 signing bonus. It is the largest contract ever given to a player to-date.
  • January 17 – The Kansas City Cowboys are admitted to the American Association.
  • January 27 – The Brooklyn Bridegrooms keep 5 players from the New York Metropolitans that they purchased last October and sell the rest, plus 4 of their own players, to the Kansas City Cowboys for $7,000.
  • February 2 – The Indianapolis Hoosiers announce that they will have 42 private boxes on top of their new grandstand. The boxes will only be available to season subscribers.
  • March 2 – The National League reverts to its original policy of a .50¢ admission price with no concessions given to individual clubs.
  • March 5 – The American Association votes to adopt the use of turnstiles at all parks in order to better control entry into games.

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Births[edit]

January–April[edit]

May–August[edit]

September–December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

External links[edit]