1885 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1885 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball


Post-season playoff: the Chicago White Stockings played the St. Louis Browns, ended with both teams going 3–3–1 in a best-of-seven series. Game 1 finished in a tie called after eight inning due to darkness; Game 2 was awarded to Chicago by forfeit after six innings because St. Louis refused to continue after disputing an umpiring decision. Both teams dispute series and claim championship.

Major league baseball final standings

National League final standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Stockings 8725 0.777 42–14 45–11
New York Giants 8527 0.759 2 51–10 34–17
Philadelphia Quakers 5654 0.509 30 29–26 27–28
Providence Grays 5357 0.482 33 31–20 22–37
Boston Beaneaters 4666 0.411 41 24–34 22–32
Detroit Wolverines 4167 0.380 44 29–23 12–44
Buffalo Bisons 3874 0.339 49 19–34 19–40
St. Louis Maroons 3672 0.333 49 23–33 13–39

American Association final standings

American Association W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Browns 7933 0.705 44–11 35–22
Cincinnati Red Stockings 6349 0.562 16 35–21 28–28
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 5655 0.505 22½ 37–19 19–36
Philadelphia Athletics 5557 0.491 24 33–23 22–34
Brooklyn Grays 5359 0.473 26 35–22 18–37
Louisville Colonels 5359 0.473 26 37–19 16–40
New York Metropolitans 4464 0.407 33 28–24 16–40
Baltimore Orioles 4168 0.376 36½ 29–26 12–42

Statistical leaders

National League statistical leaders

National League
AVGRoger Connor NYG.371
HRAbner Dalrymple CHI11
RBICap Anson CHI108
WinsJohn Clarkson CHI53
ERATim Keefe NYG1.57
StrikeoutsJohn Clarkson CHI308

American Association statistical leaders

American Association
AVGPete Browning LOU.362
HRHarry Stovey PHA13
RBIFrank Fennelly CIN89
WinsBob Caruthers LOU40
ERABob Caruthers LOU2.07
StrikeoutsEd Morris PIT298






  • October 1 – The first all black professional team is formed by Frank P. Thompson. Originally known as the Athletics, they will soon change their name to the Cuban Giants.
  • October 3 – Playing in an exhibition game against Newark of the Eastern League, the American Association Baltimore Orioles are no-hit by the former (and future) big-leaguer, John "Phenomenal" Smith.
  • October 7 – Fred Shaw of the Providence Grays throws a 5 inning no-hitter before 12 fans in Buffalo in the first game of a double-header against the Bisons. Shaw beats them again in another 5-inning game in the nightcap.
  • October 10 – The Providence Grays sweep the Buffalo Bisons in a double-header in the Bison's last day in the major leagues. Buffalo finishes the season with a 17-game winless streak, only managing 1 tie in the season's last 3 weeks.
  • October 10 – Joe Gerhardt, second baseman of the New York Giants finishes the season with a .155 batting average while shortstop Charlie Bastian of the Philadelphia Quakers ends the year with a .167 average. Both players set still-standing records for the lowest batting average in a season (with a minimum of 350 at-bats) for their respective positions.
  • October 17 – The National League sets a minimum player salary of $1,000 and a maximum of $2,000 for the 1886 season.
  • October 22 John Montgomery Ward, along with several teammates, forms the Brotherhood of Professional Base-ball Players, the first union in professional sports history. The Brotherhood would ultimately result in the Players' League in 1890.
  • October 24 – The final game of the 1885 World Series is played. The St. Louis Browns defeat the Chicago White Stockings 13–4 to tie the series at 3 wins each, with game 1 having ended in a tie.
  • December 4 – The New York Metropolitans are sold to Canadien-born millionaire Erastus Wiman for $25,000.
  • December 24 – The St. Louis Browns sell the reserve rights of Sam Barkley to fellow American Association member Baltimore Orioles for $1,000.



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