National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs in 1886


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.

1886 was Season 11 of play for the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NL) and took place 138 years ago.


Major League

Season Length

April 29, 1886 to October 9, 1886

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.

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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