1887 Season News

February 8 - Albert Spalding of the Chicago White Stockings meets with star player Mike "King" Kelly for contract talks. Kelly wants his $375 bonus for good behavior during the 1886 season. Spalding not only refuses the bonus, but also refuses to refund $225 in fines levied against Kelly for drinking. Spalding has already sold all 3 starting outfielders from the defending champion White Stockings and is aggressively looking to rid his team of drinkers.

May 6 - The National Colored Base Ball League begins with the New York Gorhams beating the Pittsburgh Keystones by a score of 11-8. The league would fold on May 23 after having played only 13 official league games.

May 24 - Jerry Denny of the Indianapolis Hoosiers gives Mike "King" Kelly a dose of his own medicine when he prevents Kelly from scoring by grabbing his belt and holding him at third base as Kelly attempts to tag up on a fly ball. The umpire who was watching the flight of the ball, didn't see Denny's action. Kelly was well known in baseball for bending the rules to his advantage when the umpire was not looking.

November 16 - The joint rules committee drops the 4-strike experiment from 1887 and returns to the standard 3-strike rule. The committee also drops the base on balls as counting for a hit in official statistics.
1887 American Association
Team Record PCT
St. Louis Browns 95-40 .704
Cincinnati Red Stockings 81-54 .600
Baltimore Orioles 77-58 .570
Louisville Colonels 76-60 .559
Philadelphia Athletics 64-69 .481
Brooklyn Grays 60-74 .448
New York Metropolitans 44-89 .331
Cleveland Blues 39-92 .298
1887 National League
Team Record PCT
Detroit Wolverines 79-45 .637
Philadelphia Quakers 74-48 .610
Chicago White Stockings 71-50 .587
New York Giants 68-55 .553
Boston Beaneaters 61-60 .504
Pittsburg Alleghenys 55-69 .444
Washington Nationals 46-76 .377
Indianapolis Hoosiers 37-89 .294
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 95 40 0.704 1131 8.38 761 5.64 39 19 0.307 0.363 0.413 3.77 323 334 0.916 n/a
Cincinnati Red Stockings 81 54 0.600 892 6.61 745 5.52 37 28 0.268 0.322 0.371 3.58 396 330 0.915 n/a
Baltimore Orioles 77 58 0.570 975 7.22 861 6.38 31 16 0.277 0.341 0.380 3.87 418 470 0.907 n/a
Louisville Colonels 76 60 0.559 956 7.03 854 6.28 27 31 0.289 0.347 0.385 3.82 357 544 0.903 n/a
Philadelphia Athletics 64 69 0.481 893 6.71 890 6.69 29 29 0.277 0.321 0.375 4.59 433 417 0.907 n/a
Brooklyn Grays 60 74 0.448 904 6.75 918 6.85 25 27 0.261 0.324 0.350 4.47 454 332 0.905 n/a
New York Metropolitans 44 89 0.331 754 5.67 1093 8.22 21 39 0.248 0.311 0.329 5.28 406 316 0.894 n/a
Cleveland Blues 39 92 0.298 729 5.56 1112 8.49 14 34 0.252 0.308 0.332 4.99 533 332 0.898 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
Detroit Wolverines 79 45 0.637 969 7.81 714 5.76 55 52 0.299 0.348 0.434 3.95 344 337 0.926 n/a
Philadelphia Quakers 75 48 0.610 901 7.33 702 5.71 47 48 0.274 0.330 0.389 3.47 305 435 0.912 n/a
Chicago White Stockings 71 50 0.587 813 6.72 716 5.92 80 55 0.271 0.333 0.412 3.46 338 510 0.914 n/a
New York Giants 68 55 0.553 816 6.63 723 5.88 48 27 0.279 0.332 0.389 3.57 373 415 0.920 n/a
Boston Beaneaters 61 60 0.504 831 6.87 792 6.55 53 55 0.277 0.327 0.394 4.41 396 254 0.905 n/a
Pittsburg Alleghenys 55 69 0.444 621 5.01 750 6.05 20 39 0.258 0.308 0.349 4.12 246 248 0.921 n/a
Washington Nationals 46 76 0.377 601 4.93 818 6.70 47 47 0.241 0.285 0.337 4.19 299 396 0.910 n/a
Indianapolis Hoosiers 37 89 0.294 628 4.98 965 7.66 33 60 0.247 0.296 0.339 5.24 431 245 0.912 n/a