|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.
|National League Teams Stats|
|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|
|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|