|1878 Season News
February 12 - Fred Thayer, Harvard team manager, receives a patent for the catching mask.
May 1 - Will White and Deacon White become the first brother pitcher-catcher battery in the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 win over the Milwaukee Grays.
September 30 - The National League completes its schedule, marking the first time in professional baseball that a full schedule has been played by all member teams.
December 4 - The National League changes the rules so that now every pitched ball is called a ball or a strike. 9 balls will now result in a walk to the batter. The rules are also changed regarding the batting order. The first batter in a new inning shall now be the next batter in the order after the last batter that ended the previous inning.
December 5 - The National League abolishes all bound outs, including foul balls on 3rd strikes.
|National League Teams Stats|
|Boston Red Caps||41||19||0.683||298||4.97||241||4.02||2||6||0.241||0.253||0.300||2.32||38||184||0.914||48|
|Chicago White Stockings||30||30||0.500||371||6.18||331||5.52||3||4||0.290||0.316||0.350||2.37||35||175||0.891||37|