American Association of Base Ball Clubs in 1886


The logo of the American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs

The American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs (AA) was established in 1882 (142 years ago) to challenge the older National League (NL).

The American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs (AA) was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio. The new league established teams in cities the NL looked down on including Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville and St. Louis, with the inherent implication of lower morality or social standards in those cities. In contrast to the NL, the AA offered cheaper ticket prices, Sunday games, and alcoholic beverages to its patrons.

1886 was Season 5 of play for the American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs (AA) and took place 138 years ago.


Rival League

Season Length

April 17, 1886 to October 15, 1886

Season Champion

St. Louis Browns

# of Teams


Season Standings

Season Playoffs

There were no championship playoffs as the top team with the most wins at end of season was declared league champion for the season.

World Series

The 1886 World Series was the third post-season championship series between Chicago White Stockings of the National League and the St. Louis Browns of the American Association in Chicago and St. Louis. It was a rematch of the 1885 World Series. The series was played as follows:

Game 1 – October 18, Chicago – Chicago won, 6-0.

Game 2 – October 19, Chicago – St. Louis won, 12-0 (8 innings).

Game 3 – October 20, Chicago – Chicago won, 11–4 (8 innings).

Game 4 – October 21, St. Louis – St. Louis won, 8–5 (7 innings).

Game 5 – October 22, St. Louis – St. Louis won 10–3 (8 innings).

Game 6 – October 23, St. Louis – St. Louis won 4–3 (10 innings).

The St. Louis Browns won the 1885 World Series, 4 Games to 2.

Events in Baseball (Thanks to Wikipedia)

Notable Seasons
  • Guy Hecker of the Louisville Colonels not only compiled a 26–23 record with a 2.87 Earned Run Average as the Colonels number 2 pitcher, he also won the American Association batting crown with a .341 average. Hecker remains the only pitcher to ever win a batting title.
  • Matt Kilroy of the Baltimore Orioles throws 4 2-hitters, 3 1-hitters and a no-hitter in his rookie season in 1886. Kilroy also sets the single season major league record with 513 strikeouts.
  • Jocko Flynn of the Chicago White Stockings goes 23–6 in his rookie season in 1886. Flynn develops arm trouble and never pitches again in the major leagues. His 23 wins are still a record for a pitcher who only pitched in 1 season.

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