1888 Season News

July 13 - The Pittsburgh Alleghenys shut out the Boston Beaneaters in both games of a double-header, the first such occurrence in major league history.

July 28 - Jimmy Ryan of the Chicago White Stockings hits for the cycle and pitches 7 innings in relief in a 21-17 win over the Detroit Wolverines. Ryan becomes the first player to hit for the cycle and pitch in the same game.

August 22 - The Indianapolis Hoosiers attempt to play a "night" game at dusk by using natural-gas lights.

October 5 - Pud Galvin of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys becomes the first pitcher to record 300 career wins with a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.

November 20 - The Joint Rules Committee reduces the number of balls needed for a walk to 4. With the 4 ball, 3 strike at-bat and overhand pitching rules now in place, baseball in 1889 will be played very similar to the game of today.
1888 American Association
Team Record PCT
St. Louis Browns 92-43 .681
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 88-52 .629
Philadelphia Athletics 81-52 .609
Cincinnati Red Stockings 80-54 .597
Baltimore Orioles 57-80 .416
Cleveland Blues 50-82 .379
Louisville Colonels 48-87 .356
Kansas City Cowboys 43-89 .326
1888 National League
Team Record PCT
New York Giants 84-47 .641
Chicago White Stockings 77-58 .570
Philadelphia Quakers 69-61 .531
Boston Beaneaters 70-64 .522
Detroit Wolverines 68-63 .519
Pittsburg Alleghenys 66-68 .493
Indianapolis Hoosiers 50-85 .370
Washington Nationals 48-86 .358
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 92 43 0.681 789 5.84 501 3.71 36 19 0.250 0.310 0.324 2.09 225 517 0.924 n/a
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 88 52 0.629 758 5.41 584 4.17 25 15 0.242 0.293 0.321 2.33 285 577 0.918 n/a
Philadelphia Athletics 81 52 0.609 827 6.22 594 4.47 31 14 0.250 0.295 0.344 2.41 324 596 0.919 n/a
Cincinnati Red Stockings 80 54 0.597 745 5.56 628 4.69 32 19 0.242 0.293 0.323 2.73 310 539 0.923 n/a
Baltimore Orioles 57 80 0.416 653 4.77 779 5.69 19 23 0.229 0.276 0.306 3.78 419 525 0.920 n/a
Cleveland Blues 50 82 0.379 651 4.93 839 6.36 12 38 0.234 0.283 0.295 3.72 389 500 0.916 n/a
Louisville Colonels 48 87 0.356 689 5.10 870 6.44 14 28 0.241 0.288 0.315 3.25 281 599 0.900 n/a
Kansas City Cowboys 43 89 0.326 579 4.39 896 6.79 19 32 0.218 0.264 0.288 4.29 401 381 0.914 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
New York Giants 84 47 0.641 659 5.03 479 3.66 55 27 0.242 0.283 0.336 1.96 307 726 0.924 n/a
Chicago White Stockings 77 58 0.570 734 5.44 659 4.88 77 63 0.260 0.304 0.383 2.96 308 588 0.927 n/a
Philadelphia Quakers 69 61 0.531 535 4.12 509 3.92 16 26 0.225 0.269 0.290 2.38 196 519 0.924 n/a
Boston Beaneaters 70 64 0.522 669 4.99 619 4.62 56 36 0.245 0.286 0.351 2.61 269 484 0.917 n/a
Detroit Wolverines 68 63 0.519 721 5.50 629 4.80 51 44 0.263 0.307 0.361 2.74 183 522 0.919 n/a
Pittsburg Alleghenys 66 68 0.493 534 3.99 580 4.33 14 23 0.227 0.258 0.289 2.67 223 367 0.927 n/a
Indianapolis Hoosiers 50 85 0.370 603 4.47 731 5.41 34 64 0.238 0.275 0.313 3.81 308 388 0.921 n/a
Washington Nationals 48 86 0.358 482 3.60 731 5.46 30 50 0.208 0.248 0.271 3.54 298 406 0.914 n/a