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.
1878 National League
Team Record PCT
Boston Red Caps 41-19 .683
Cincinnati Reds 37-23 .617
Providence Grays 33-27 .550
Chicago White Stockings 30-30 .500
Indianapolis Blues 24-36 .400
Milwaukee Grays 15-45 .250
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 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
Cincinnati Reds 37 23 0.617 333 5.55 281 4.68 5 2 0.276 0.294 0.331 1.84 63 220 0.901 37
Providence Grays 33 27 0.550 353 5.88 337 5.62 8 5 0.263 0.279 0.346 2.38 86 173 0.892 42
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
Indianapolis Blues 24 36 0.400 293 4.88 328 5.47 3 3 0.236 0.256 0.286 2.32 87 182 0.898 37
Milwaukee Grays 15 45 0.250 256 4.27 386 6.43 2 3 0.250 0.272 0.300 2.60 55 147 0.866 32