National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs in 1880


The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NL) was established in 1876 (148 years ago) when a number of its teams broke away from the NA. The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NL) was formed in Chicago, Illinois, by businessman and owner of the Chicago Base Ball Club (now known as the Chicago Cubs), William Hulbert, for the purpose of replacing the NA, which he believed to have been corrupt, mismanaged, full of rowdy, drunken ballplayers, and under the influence of the gambling community. One of the new rules put into place by the new league was that all teams had to be located in cities that had a population of 75,000 or more.

1880 was Season 5 of play for the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NL) and took place 144 years ago.


Major League

Season Length

 May 1, 1880 to October 1, 1880

Season Champion

Chicago White Stockings

# 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.

Events (Thanks to Wikipedia)

  • July 8 – The Chicago White Stockings win their 21st consecutive game. This record will stand until 1916 when it is broken by the New York Giants. It still stands as the 2nd longest winning streak in major league history.
  • July 11 – The Chicago Tribune publishes runs batted in for the first time.
  • July 17 – Harry Stovey of the Worcester Ruby Legs hits his first big league home run. Stovey will become the first player in history to reach 100 career home runs.
  • August 6 – Tim Keefe makes his major league debut with the Troy Trojans, pitching a 4-hitter in defeating the Cincinnati Stars. Keefe will end up with 342 career wins and be elected to the Hall-of-Fame in 1964.
  • August 19 – Larry Corcoran of the Chicago White Stockings pitches a no-hitter against the Boston Red Caps.
  • August 20 – Pud Galvin pitches a no-hitter for the Buffalo Bisons against the Worcester Ruby Legs. It is the 2nd day in a row that the National League has seen a no-hitter.
  • August 27 – Bill Crowley of the Buffalo Bisons records 4 assists from the outfield for the second time this season, having done it previously on May 24. Crowley remains the only outfielder to ever have 4 assists in one game on two separate occasions.
  • September 1 – Charley Jones of the Boston Red Caps refuses to play after the club fails to pay him $378 in back pay. The team responds by suspending, fining and black-listing him. Jones will never again play in the National League, although he will appear again beginning in 1883 in the American Association.
  • September 2 – The first night game is played in Nantasket BeachMassachusetts. The Jordan Marsh and R. H. White department stores from Boston play to a 16–16 tie.
  • September 8 – The Polo Grounds in New York City are leased by a new Metropolitan team being led by Jim Mutrie.
  • September 9 – Buck Ewing makes his debut for the Troy Trojans.
  • September 15 – John O’Rourke, older brother of Jim O’Rourke, becomes the first player to hit 4 doubles in one game.
  • September 15 – The Chicago White Stockings clinch the pennant with a 5–2 win over the Cincinnati Stars.
  • September 29 – The Polo Grounds hosts its first baseball game as the newly formed New York Metropolitans defeat the National Association champion Washington Nationals 4–2. Approximately 2,500 people attend the game, the largest crowd to see a game in New York City in several years.
  • September 30 – The last place Cincinnati Stars win their final game 2–0 in front of 183 fans. This will be the last game for this troubled franchise, although the city will see the current version of the Reds begin play in 1882.
  • October 4 – The National League prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages in member parks and also prohibits member parks from being rented out on Sundays. These rulings are directly aimed at the Cincinnati Stars club who routinely did both in order to raise additional money for their continual struggling finances.
  • October 6 – The Cincinnati Stars refuse to abide by the new rules set down and are immediately kicked out of the National League.
  • December 8 – The National League rejects the Washington Nationals bid for membership and accepts the Detroit Wolverines as its newest member.
  • December 9 – The National League re-elects William Hulbert as president and adopts several new rules for 1881. Among the new rules are reducing called balls for a walk down to 7 and moving the pitching box back 5 feet to the new distance of 50 feet.

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