|1880 Season News
May 20 - Chicago White Stockings manager Cap Anson begins alternating Larry Corcoran and Fred Goldsmith to form the first pitching rotation in major league history.
June 12 - Lee Richmond of the Worcester Worcesters pitches the first perfect game in professional history in a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Blues.
June 17 - John Montgomery Ward of the Providence Grays pitches the 2nd perfect game in 6 days as the Grays defeat Pud Galvin and the Buffalo Bisons 5-0. The National League will now not see another perfect game until 1964.
September 2 - The first night game is played in Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts. The Jordan Marsh and R. H. White department stores from Boston play to a 16-16 tie.
September 8 - The Polo Grounds in New York City are leased by a new Metropolitan team being led by Jim Mutrie.
September 29 - The Polo Grounds hosts its first baseball game as the newly formed New York Metropolitans defeat the National Association champion Washington Nationals 4-2. Approximately 2,500 people attend the game, the largest crowd to see a game in New York City in several years.
December 9 - The National League re-elects William Hulbert as president and adopts several new rules for 1881. Among the new rules are reducing called balls for a walk down to 7 and moving the pitching box back 5 feet to the new distance of 50 feet.
|National League Teams Stats|
|Chicago White Stockings||67||17||0.798||538||6.40||317||3.77||4||8||0.279||0.303||0.360||1.93||129||367||0.913||41|
|Worcester Ruby Legs||40||43||0.482||412||4.96||370||4.46||8||13||0.231||0.251||0.316||2.27||97||297||0.906||49|
|Boston Red Caps||40||44||0.476||416||4.95||456||5.43||20||2||0.253||0.278||0.343||3.08||86||187||0.901||54|