1886 Season News

Matt Kilroy of the Baltimore Orioles throws 4 2-hitters, 3 1-hitters and a no-hitter in his rookie season in 1886. Kilroy also sets the single season major league record with 513 strikeouts.

March 17 - The Sporting News, founded by Alfred H. Spink, publishes its first issue. It will quickly become the leading source of baseball information in the country.

May 31 - The first crowd in major league history of over 20,000 (20,632) watches the Detroit Wolverines win 4-1 against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds.

July 9 - Joe Start, one of baseball's original stars, plays in the final game of his career. The 43 year old veteran played in the original season of the National Association in 1871, although his playing days as an amateur started before the American Civil War.

November 16 - The joint rules committee between the National League and the American Association announce the new rules for the 1887 season which include 5 balls for a walk, 4 strikes for an out, the batter calling for pitch location being abolished and establishing a strike zone between the knees and shoulders of the batter. The pitcher can now only take 1 forward step in his pitching delivery and by changing the dimensions of the pitcher's box, the pitching distance is now at 55 1/2 feet.
1886 American Association
Team Record PCT
St. Louis Browns 93-46 .669
Pittsburg Alleghenys 80-57 .584
Brooklyn Grays 76-61 .555
Louisville Colonels 66-70 .485
Cincinnati Red Stockings 65-73 .471
Philadelphia Athletics 63-72 .467
New York Metropolitans 53-82 .393
Baltimore Orioles 48-83 .366
1886 National League
Team Record PCT
Chicago White Stockings 90-34 .726
Detroit Wolverines 87-36 .707
New York Giants 74-44 .630
Philadelphia Quakers 71-43 .623
Boston Beaneaters 56-61 .479
St. Louis Maroons 43-79 .352
Kansas City Cowboys 30-91 .248
Washington Nationals 28-92 .233
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 93 46 0.669 944 6.79 592 4.26 20 13 0.273 0.326 0.360 2.49 329 583 0.915 n/a
Pittsburg Alleghenys 80 57 0.584 810 5.91 647 4.72 16 10 0.241 0.309 0.329 2.83 299 515 0.917 n/a
Brooklyn Grays 76 61 0.555 832 6.07 832 6.07 16 17 0.250 0.309 0.330 3.42 464 540 0.900 n/a
Louisville Colonels 66 70 0.485 833 6.13 805 5.92 20 16 0.263 0.320 0.348 3.07 432 720 0.901 n/a
Cincinnati Red Stockings 65 73 0.471 883 6.40 865 6.27 45 25 0.249 0.302 0.345 4.18 481 495 0.905 n/a
Philadelphia Athletics 63 72 0.467 772 5.72 942 6.98 21 35 0.235 0.290 0.321 3.97 388 513 0.894 n/a
New York Metropolitans 53 82 0.393 628 4.65 766 5.67 18 23 0.224 0.275 0.289 3.50 386 559 0.906 n/a
Baltimore Orioles 48 83 0.366 625 4.77 878 6.70 8 25 0.204 0.264 0.258 4.08 403 805 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 90 34 0.726 900 7.26 555 4.48 53 49 0.279 0.348 0.401 2.54 262 647 0.912 n/a
Detroit Wolverines 87 36 0.707 829 6.74 538 4.37 53 20 0.280 0.335 0.390 2.85 270 592 0.928 n/a
New York Giants 75 44 0.630 692 5.82 558 4.69 21 23 0.269 0.307 0.356 2.86 280 588 0.927 n/a
Philadelphia Quakers 71 43 0.623 621 5.45 498 4.37 26 29 0.240 0.289 0.327 2.45 264 540 0.921 n/a
Boston Beaneaters 56 61 0.479 657 5.62 661 5.65 24 33 0.260 0.301 0.341 3.24 298 511 0.905 n/a
St. Louis Maroons 43 79 0.352 547 4.48 712 5.84 30 34 0.236 0.276 0.321 3.24 392 501 0.914 n/a
Kansas City Cowboys 30 91 0.248 494 4.08 872 7.21 19 27 0.228 0.274 0.306 4.84 246 442 0.909 n/a
Washington Nationals 28 92 0.233 445 3.71 791 6.59 23 34 0.210 0.258 0.285 4.30 379 500 0.910 n/a