1877 Season News

The National League publishes the 1877 schedule. It is the first time the league has handled scheduling and continues to this day.

Jim Tyng, a catcher for Harvard, becomes the first backstop to wear a face mask during a game. Harvard team manager, Fred Thayer, will receive a patent for the mask in 1878.

July 20 - Will White makes his major league debut. White is the first professional player to wear glasses. No other big-leaguer will wear glasses until Lee Meadows in 1915.

August 12 - Johnny Quigley, a catcher for the Harlem Clippers, dies from injuries sustained in a collision with Dan Brouthers at home plate on July 7th.

October 20 - Tommy Bond demonstrates proof that a curveball really does curve by throwing it around stakes driven into the ground before an exhibition game.
1877 National League
Team Record PCT
Boston Red Caps 42-18 .700
Louisville Grays 35-25 .583
Hartford Dark Blues 31-27 .534
St. Louis Brown Stockings 28-32 .467
Chicago White Stockings 26-33 .441
Cincinnati Reds 15-42 .263
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Boston Red Caps 42 18 0.700 419 6.98 263 4.38 4 5 0.296 0.314 0.370 2.15 38 177 0.889 36
Louisville Grays 35 25 0.583 339 5.65 288 4.80 9 4 0.280 0.297 0.354 2.25 41 141 0.904 37
Hartford Dark Blues 31 27 0.534 341 5.88 311 5.36 4 2 0.270 0.279 0.328 2.32 56 99 0.885 32
St. Louis Brown Stockings 28 32 0.467 284 4.73 318 5.30 1 2 0.244 0.263 0.302 2.66 92 132 0.892 29
Chicago White Stockings 26 33 0.441 366 6.20 375 6.36 0 7 0.278 0.296 0.340 3.37 58 92 0.883 43
Cincinnati Reds 15 42 0.263 291 5.11 485 8.51 6 4 0.255 0.282 0.329 4.19 61 85 0.852 33