1885 Season News

January 15 - The Union Association holds a meeting in which only the Kansas City Unions and the Milwaukee Brewers attend. The decision is made to formally shut down the league.

June 17 - "Phenomenal" Smith loses his first start as a Brooklyn Gray by a score of 18-5 after his teammates commit 14 errors behind him, including 7 by shortstop Germany Smith. "Phenomenal"'s boast of being so good that he could win by himself doesn't sit well with the other Brooklyn players, who are fined $500 for their intentional poor play. In the interests of team chemistry, "Phenomenal" Smith is immediately released.

July 1 - Tom Burns of the Chicago White Stockings hits a home run that is estimated at 500 feet in a Chicago win.

October 1 - The first all black professional team is formed by Frank P. Thompson. Originally known as the Athletics, they will soon change their name to the Cuban Giants.

October 24 - The final game of the 1885 World Series is played. The St. Louis Browns defeat the Chicago White Stockings 13-4 to tie the series at 3 wins each, with game 1 having ended in a tie.
1885 American Association
Team Record PCT
St. Louis Browns 79-33 .705
Cincinnati Red Stockings 63-49 .563
Pittsburg Alleghenys 56-55 .505
Philadelphia Athletics 55-57 .491
Louisville Colonels 53-59 .473
Brooklyn Grays 53-59 .473
New York Metropolitans 44-64 .407
Baltimore Orioles 41-68 .376
1885 National League
Team Record PCT
Chicago White Stockings 87-25 .777
New York Giants 85-27 .759
Philadelphia Quakers 56-54 .509
Providence Grays 53-57 .482
Boston Beaneaters 46-66 .411
Detroit Wolverines 41-67 .380
Buffalo Bisons 38-74 .339
St. Louis Maroons 36-72 .333
American Association Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
St. Louis Browns 79 33 0.705 677 6.04 461 4.12 17 12 0.246 0.288 0.321 2.44 168 378 0.920 n/a
Cincinnati Red Stockings 63 49 0.563 642 5.73 575 5.13 26 24 0.258 0.285 0.342 3.26 250 330 0.911 n/a
Pittsburg Alleghenys 56 55 0.505 547 4.93 539 4.86 5 14 0.240 0.275 0.315 2.92 201 454 0.912 n/a
Philadelphia Athletics 55 57 0.491 764 6.82 691 6.17 30 11 0.265 0.303 0.365 3.23 212 506 0.902 n/a
Louisville Colonels 53 59 0.473 564 5.04 598 5.34 19 13 0.248 0.276 0.336 2.68 217 462 0.905 n/a
Brooklyn Grays 53 59 0.473 624 5.57 650 5.80 14 27 0.245 0.288 0.319 3.46 211 436 0.910 n/a
New York Metropolitans 44 64 0.407 526 4.87 688 6.37 21 36 0.247 0.288 0.327 4.15 204 408 0.901 n/a
Baltimore Orioles 41 68 0.376 541 4.96 683 6.27 17 12 0.219 0.272 0.296 3.90 222 395 0.909 n/a
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 87 25 0.777 834 7.45 470 4.20 54 37 0.264 0.320 0.385 2.23 202 458 0.903 n/a
New York Giants 85 27 0.759 691 6.17 370 3.30 16 11 0.269 0.307 0.359 1.72 265 516 0.929 n/a
Philadelphia Quakers 56 54 0.509 513 4.66 511 4.65 20 18 0.229 0.270 0.302 2.39 218 378 0.905 n/a
Providence Grays 53 57 0.482 442 4.02 531 4.83 6 18 0.220 0.272 0.272 2.71 235 371 0.903 n/a
Boston Beaneaters 46 66 0.411 528 4.71 589 5.26 22 26 0.232 0.267 0.312 3.03 188 480 0.903 n/a
Detroit Wolverines 41 67 0.380 514 4.76 582 5.39 25 18 0.243 0.284 0.337 2.88 224 475 0.903 n/a
Buffalo Bisons 38 74 0.339 495 4.42 761 6.79 23 31 0.251 0.284 0.333 4.29 234 320 0.901 n/a
St. Louis Maroons 36 72 0.333 390 3.61 593 5.49 8 15 0.221 0.263 0.270 3.37 278 337 0.916 n/a