1876 Season News

February 2 - The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs is formed at a meeting in Chicago, Illinois; it will replace the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players. Morgan Bulkeley of the Hartford Dark Blues is selected as the league's first President.

May 2 - Ross Barnes of the Chicago White Stockings hits the first home run in the history of Major League Baseball. It is an inside-the-park home run off pitcher William "Cherokee" Fisher of the Cincinnati Red Stockings.

May 25 - The Philadelphia Athletics and Louisville Grays tie 2-2, the first tie in MLB history.

June 14 - George Hall and Ezra Sutton of the Philadelphia Athletics each hit 3 triples in the same game, the only time this feat has ever been accomplished. Hall also became the first player in National League history to hit for the cycle.

October 23 - The statistic batting average is created by the Chicago Tribune.

December 10 - At its winter meetings held in Cleveland, the National League announces the expulsion of the Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Mutuals for failure to complete their required schedule in the 1876 season. Neither storied club, who were both so instrumental in the evolution of professional baseball, will ever appear again in Major League Baseball.
1876 National League
Team Record PCT
Chicago White Stockings 52-14 .788
St. Louis Brown Stockings 45-19 .703
Hartford Dark Blues 47-21 .691
Boston Red Caps 39-31 .557
Louisville Grays 30-36 .455
New York Mutuals 21-35 .375
Philadelphia Athletics 14-45 .237
Cincinnati Reds 9-56 .138
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago White Stockings 52 14 0.788 624 9.45 257 3.89 8 6 0.337 0.353 0.417 1.76 29 51 0.899 33
St. Louis Brown Stockings 45 19 0.703 386 6.03 229 3.58 2 3 0.259 0.276 0.313 1.22 39 103 0.902 33
Hartford Dark Blues 47 21 0.691 429 6.31 261 3.84 2 2 0.267 0.277 0.322 1.67 27 114 0.888 27
Boston Red Caps 39 31 0.557 471 6.73 450 6.43 9 7 0.266 0.281 0.328 2.51 104 77 0.862 42
Louisville Grays 30 36 0.455 280 4.24 344 5.21 6 3 0.249 0.256 0.294 1.69 38 125 0.875 44
New York Mutuals 21 35 0.375 260 4.64 412 7.36 2 8 0.227 0.233 0.261 2.94 24 37 0.824 18
Philadelphia Athletics 14 45 0.237 378 6.41 534 9.05 7 2 0.271 0.279 0.342 3.22 41 22 0.839 32
Cincinnati Reds 9 56 0.138 238 3.66 579 8.91 4 9 0.234 0.247 0.271 3.62 34 60 0.840 45