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.
1880 National League
Team Record PCT
Chicago White Stockings 67-17 .798
Providence Grays 52-32 .619
Cleveland Blues 47-37 .560
Troy Trojans 41-42 .494
Worcester Ruby Legs 40-43 .482
Boston Red Caps 40-44 .476
Buffalo Bisons 24-58 .293
Cincinnati Reds 21-59 .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
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
Providence Grays 52 32 0.619 419 4.99 299 3.56 8 7 0.248 0.268 0.313 1.64 51 286 0.910 53
Cleveland Blues 47 37 0.560 387 4.61 337 4.01 7 4 0.242 0.261 0.327 1.90 98 289 0.910 52
Troy Trojans 41 42 0.494 392 4.72 438 5.28 5 8 0.251 0.280 0.319 2.74 113 173 0.900 58
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
Buffalo Bisons 24 58 0.293 331 4.04 502 6.12 3 10 0.226 0.249 0.289 3.09 78 186 0.891 55
Cincinnati Reds 21 59 0.263 296 3.70 472 5.90 7 10 0.224 0.244 0.288 2.44 88 208 0.876 49