1887 Major League Baseball season

The 1887 MLB Season was the National League's twelfth season and American Association's sixth season. The Detroit Wolverines defeated the St. Louis Browns in a 15-game World Series match played in ten cities.[1] The Louisville Colonels set a Major League record which still stands for the most base on balls for a team in a game, with 19 against the Cleveland Blues on the 21st of September.[2]

Final standings

American Association
RankClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
1stSt. Louis Browns9540.704   
2ndCincinnati Red Stockings8154.60014.0
3rdBaltimore Orioles7758.57018.0
4thLouisville Colonels7660.55919.5
5thPhiladelphia Athletics6469.48130.0
6thBrooklyn Grays6074.44834.5
7thNew York Metropolitans4489.33150.0
8thCleveland Blues3992.29854.0
National League
RankClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
1stDetroit Wolverines7945.637   
2ndPhiladelphia Quakers7548.610 3.5
3rdChicago White Stockings7150.587 6.5
4thNew York Giants6855.55310.5
5thBoston Beaneaters6160.50416.5
6thPittsburgh Alleghenys5569.44424.0
7thWashington Nationals4676.37732.0
8thIndianapolis Hoosiers3789.29443.0

League leaders

American Association National League
AVGTip O'Neill STL.435Sam Thompson DET.372
HRTip O'Neill STL14Billy O'Brien WAS19
RBITip O'Neill STL123Sam Thompson DET166
WinsMatt Kilroy BAL46John Clarkson CHI38
ERAElmer Smith CIN2.94  Dan Casey PHI2.86  
KsToad Ramsey LOU355John Clarkson CHI237


World Series:

The Detroit Wolverines (79–45, NL) defeated the St. Louis Browns (95–40, AA) ten games to five.


  1. Suehsdorf, A. D. (1978). The Great American Baseball Scrapbook, p. 24. Random House. ISBN 0-394-50253-1.
  2. "Games Based Bases on Balls Records". Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved 14 May 2012.


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