1881 Season News

March 8 - The National League agrees on an 84 game schedule for the upcoming season. The owners are polled and pick the Chicago White Stockings as the pre-season favorite to win the pennant.

March 9 - The National League releases a list of 23 umpires approved to call league games.

June 20 - A new team is formed in Cincinnati after the demise of the previous Cincinnati Reds team. This new club will succeed and become the modern-day Cincinnati Reds.

November 2 - The first competing major league, the American Association is officially formed.

November 3 - The American Association elects Denny McKnight as president. The new league will have no reserve clause and will allow Sunday games, liquor sales and 25ยข tickets, all in opposition to National League policies, in an effort to take the established major league head-on.
1881 National League
Team Record PCT
Chicago White Stockings 56-28 .667
Providence Grays 47-37 .560
Buffalo Bisons 45-38 .542
Detroit Wolverines 41-43 .488
Troy Trojans 39-45 .464
Boston Red Caps 38-45 .458
Cleveland Blues 36-48 .429
Worcester Ruby Legs 32-50 .390
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 56 28 0.667 550 6.55 379 4.51 12 14 0.295 0.325 0.380 2.43 122 228 0.916 54
Providence Grays 47 37 0.560 447 5.32 426 5.07 11 5 0.253 0.287 0.335 2.40 138 264 0.896 66
Buffalo Bisons 45 38 0.542 440 5.30 447 5.39 12 9 0.264 0.289 0.361 2.84 89 185 0.892 48
Detroit Wolverines 41 43 0.488 439 5.23 429 5.11 17 8 0.260 0.293 0.357 2.65 137 265 0.906 80
Troy Trojans 39 45 0.464 399 4.75 429 5.11 5 11 0.248 0.281 0.314 2.97 159 207 0.917 70
Boston Red Caps 38 45 0.458 349 4.20 410 4.94 5 9 0.251 0.279 0.317 2.71 143 199 0.913 54
Cleveland Blues 36 48 0.429 392 4.67 414 4.93 7 9 0.255 0.286 0.326 2.68 126 240 0.904 68
Worcester Ruby Legs 32 50 0.390 410 5.00 492 6.00 7 11 0.253 0.281 0.316 3.54 120 196 0.903 50