1884 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1884 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball

Champions

Major league baseball final standings

National League final standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Providence Grays 8428 0.750 45–11 39–17
Boston Beaneaters 7338 0.658 10½ 40–16 33–22
Buffalo Bisons 6447 0.577 19½ 37–18 27–29
New York Gothams 6250 0.554 22 34–22 28–28
Chicago White Stockings 6250 0.554 22 39–17 23–33
Philadelphia Quakers 3973 0.348 45 19–37 20–36
Cleveland Blues 3577 0.312 49 22–34 13–43
Detroit Wolverines 2884 0.250 56 18–38 10–46

American Association final standings

American Association W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Metropolitans 7532 0.701 42–9 33–23
Columbus Buckeyes 6939 0.639 38–16 31–23
Louisville Eclipse 6840 0.630 41–14 27–26
St. Louis Browns 6740 0.626 8 38–16 29–24
Cincinnati Red Stockings 6841 0.624 8 40–16 28–25
Baltimore Orioles 6343 0.594 11½ 42–13 21–30
Philadelphia Athletics 6146 0.570 14 38–16 23–30
Toledo Blue Stockings 4658 0.442 27½ 28–25 18–33
Brooklyn Atlantics 4064 0.385 33½ 23–26 17–38
Richmond Virginians 1230 0.286 30½ 5–15 7–15
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 3078 0.278 45½ 18–37 12–41
Indianapolis Hoosiers 2978 0.271 46 15–39 14–39
Washington Nationals 1251 0.190 41 10–20 2–31

Union Association final standings

Union Association W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Maroons 9419 0.832 49–6 45–13
Cincinnati Outlaw Reds 6936 0.657 21 35–17 34–19
Baltimore Monumentals 5847 0.552 32 29–21 29–26
Boston Reds 5851 0.532 34 34–22 24–29
Milwaukee Brewers 85 0.615 36 8–4 0–1
St. Paul Saints 26 0.250 39½ 0–0 2–6
Chicago Browns/Pittsburgh Stogies 4150 0.451 42 21–19 20–31
Altoona Mountain Citys 619 0.240 44 6–12 0–7
Wilmington Quicksteps 216 0.111 44½ 1–6 1–10
Washington Nationals (UA) 4765 0.420 46½ 36–27 11–38
Philadelphia Keystones 2146 0.313 50 14–21 7–25
Kansas City Cowboys 1663 0.203 61 11–23 5–40

Statistical leaders

National League statistical leaders

National League
TypeNameStat
AVGMike "King" Kelly CHW.354
HRNed Williamson CHW27
RBICap Anson CHW102
WinsCharles Radbourn PRO59
ERACharles Radbourn PRO1.38
StrikeoutsCharles Radbourn PRO441

American Association statistical leaders

American Association
TypeNameStat
AVGDave Orr NYM.354
HRJohn Reilly CIN11
RBIDave Orr NYM112
WinsGuy Hecker LOU52
ERAGuy Hecker LOU1.80
StrikeoutsGuy Hecker LOU385

Union Association statistical leaders

Union Association
TypeNameStat
AVGFred Dunlap SLM.412
HRFred Dunlap SLM13
RBIUnavailableNA
WinsBill Sweeney BLM40
ERAJim McCormick COR1.54
StrikeoutsHugh Daily CHB/WHS483

All-Time Statistical Leaders (Strikeouts)

The 1884 season was memorable in that six of the top 10 all-time Major League Baseball single season strikeout totals were set that season:[1]

Pitcher Strikeouts Season Team League Overall Rank
Hugh Daily4831884Chicago Browns/Pittsburgh Stogies/Washington NationalsUA3
Dupee Shaw4511884Detroit Wolverines/Boston RedsNL/UA4
Old Hoss Radbourn4411884Providence GraysNL5
Charlie Buffington4171884Boston BeaneatersNL6
Guy Hecker3851884Louisville EclipseAA7
Bill Sweeney3741884Baltimore MonumentalsUA10

Notable seasons

Old Hoss Radbourn won a record 59 or 60 games (depending on the sources), a record that will quite likely will never be broken. In addition to wins, Radbourn led the National League in games (75), games started (73), complete games (73), ERA (1.38), saves (2), strikeouts (441), and innings pitched (678.2).

Events

January–March

  • February 18 – Terry Larkin, recently released from prison after shooting his wife and a police officer in 1883, is arrested again for threatening to shoot his father. Larkin will be released and play this season for the Richmond Virginians. Larkin will later be institutionalized after challenging his former employer to a duel and will commit suicide by slitting his throat with a razor in 1894.
  • February 20 – The Altoona Mountain City club is admitted to the new Union Association as its seventh club, leaving Lancaster as the only franchise in the Inter-State League.
  • March 4 – The National League reduces the number of balls needed for a walk to six. Team owners agree to provide two separate benches for the teams in order to cut down on player fraternizing during games.
  • March 15 – Henry Chadwick writes in a newspaper column that a ground-keeper in St. Louis has started placing tarpaulins over the bases when it rains in order to keep them dry. Other clubs will follow suit and cover the pitching area and batter areas as well.
  • March 17 – The Union Association admits the Boston Reds, run by George Wright, as a new team to the league.
  • March 28 – Umpire William McLean throws a bat into the stands, striking a spectator, in reaction to taunts from the crowd. McLean is arrested but not charged as the fan is not injured.

April–June

July–September

October–December

Births

January–April

May–August

September–December


 * Some sources show 1887

Deaths

References

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