National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs in 1896


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.

1896 was Season 21 of play for the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NL) and took place 128 years ago.


Major League

Season Length

April 16, 1896 to September 26, 1896

Season Champion

Baltimore Orioles

# of Teams


Season Standings

Season Playoffs

In 1896, the National League had the top two teams in the standings at the end of the year play a best of seven series for the Temple Cup. The Pirates’ president, William Chase Temple, had an $800 trophy minted and he donated it to the league. Much like the long running Stanley Cup and the Temple Cup’s baseball predecessor, the Dauvray Cup (awarded 1887–1893), there was only one actual Temple Cup to be passed along to each baseball season’s winning team and city.

The 1st placed Baltimore Orioles defeated the 2nd placed Cleveland Spiders 4 games to 0 to win the 3rd Temple Cup.

World Series

There was no World Series Championship, with the last being played the 1891 Season, 133 years ago.

Events in Baseball (Thanks to Wikipedia)

Notable seasons
  • Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Ed Delahanty led the NL in home runs (13), slugging percentage (.631), adjusted OPS+ (190), and runs batted in (126). He was second in the NL in total bases (315). He was third in the NL in batting average (.397) and on-base percentage (.472).
  • Cleveland Spiders pitcher Cy Young had a win–loss record of 28–15 and led the NL in strikeouts (140) and shutouts (5). He was second in the NL in innings pitched (414.1). He was third in the NL in wins (28). He was fifth in the NL in earned run average (3.24) and adjusted ERA+ (140).
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