1897 Season News

On June 18th, Chicago’s player / manager Cap Anson became the first Major League player to reach three-thousand hits after tapping a single off the Baltimore Orioles for a 6-3 win.

Philadelphia’s rookie sensation Napoleon Lajoie hit .361 and led the National League with nine home runs and a .569 slugging average.

On April 22, 1897, Wee Willie Keeler hit a single and double. This was game one of a forty-four consecutive game batting streak that went unmatched until Joe DiMaggio broke the record during the "streak" in 1941.
1897 National League
Team Record PCT
Boston Beaneaters 93-39 .705
Baltimore Orioles 90-40 .692
New York Giants 83-48 .634
Cincinnati Reds 76-56 .576
Cleveland Spiders 69-62 .527
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 61-71 .462
Washington Senators 61-71 .462
Pittsburgh Pirates 60-71 .458
Chicago Colts 59-73 .447
Philadelphia Phillies 55-77 .417
Louisville Colonels 52-78 .400
St. Louis Browns 29-102 .221
National League Teams Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Boston Beaneaters 93 39 0.705 1025 7.77 665 5.04 45 39 3.65 393 329 0.951 n/a
Baltimore Orioles 90 40 0.692 964 7.42 674 5.18 19 18 3.55 382 361 0.951 n/a
New York Giants 83 48 0.634 895 6.83 695 5.31 31 26 3.47 486 456 0.930 n/a
Cincinnati Reds 76 56 0.576 763 5.78 705 5.34 22 18 4.09 329 270 0.948 n/a
Cleveland Spiders 69 62 0.527 773 5.90 680 5.19 16 32 3.95 289 277 0.950 n/a
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 61 71 0.462 802 6.08 845 6.40 24 34 4.60 410 256 0.936 n/a
Washington Senators 61 71 0.462 781 5.92 793 6.01 36 27 4.01 400 348 0.933 n/a
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 71 0.458 676 5.16 835 6.37 25 22 4.67 318 342 0.936 n/a
Chicago Colts 59 73 0.447 832 6.30 894 6.77 38 30 4.53 433 361 0.932 n/a
Philadelphia Phillies 55 77 0.417 752 5.70 792 6.00 40 28 4.60 364 253 0.944 n/a
Louisville Colonels 52 78 0.400 669 5.15 859 6.61 40 39 4.42 459 267 0.929 n/a
St. Louis Browns 29 102 0.221 588 4.49 1083 8.27 31 54 6.21 453 207 0.933 n/a