Special Sub-Topic: Decades on the Diamond: 1880s
|How many professional leagues appeared in the 1880s?|
4. The five leagues were the National Association, Union Association, American Association, and the National League.
|Which team dominated the decade by taking five National League pennants?|
Chicago White Stockings. The other teams folded before the decade ended. The White Stockings won the league pennant in 1880, '81, '82, '85, and 1886. Cap Anson was the player/manager throughout their decade.
|Which of the following pitchers won the most games in the decade?|
Charley Radbourn. Radbourn played for the Providence Grays and the Boston Braves. He won 271 games in the 1880s, including 59 in 1884.
|Who walked away with the highest season batting average of the decade?|
Tip O'Neill. O'Neill of the St. Louis Browns with the American Association batted .435 in 1887.
|Only two players in the 1880s hit 20 or more home runs in a season. Ned Williamson was one in 1884. Who was the other player?|
Sam Thompson. Thompson of the Philadelphia Quakers hit 20 in 1889. The Quakers still finished fourth in the National League.
|Which team won the most games in a season in any league during the decade?|
St. Louis Browns. The Browns of the American Association won an amazing 90+ games four consecutive seasons from 1886-1889, and topped out at 95. They were led by player/manager Charlie Comiskey. The team won four pennants in the decade.
|Which of the following teams lasted only four seasons in the National League, and finished last three times?|
Washington Nationals. The Nationals only existed in the National League from 1886-1889. Paul Hines was their only starting player who hit over .300 in a season.
|The Brooklyn franchise (later Dodgers) played in which league in the 1880s?|
American Association. The franchise began in 1884 as the Brooklyn Atlantics. From 1885-1887 they were named the Grays, then Bridegrooms in 1888. In 1889, the team won the American Association pennant. They jumped to the National League in 1890.
|This league existed for only one season in 1884. It consisted of 12 teams but folded at the end of the season. Which league was it?|
Union Association. The St. Louis Maroons easily won the pennant with their 94-19 record. The Kansas City Packers had the worst record, going 16-63. The other teams in the league were the Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Outlaw Reds, Baltimore Monumentals, Boston Reds, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Keystones, St. Paul White Caps, Altoona Mountain City, Wilmington Quicksteps, and a combined team from Chicago and Pittsburgh.
|How many total teams were in the National League during the 1880s?|
17. Many teams came and went throughout the decade. Ironically, it began with eight in 1880, and finished with eight in 1889.
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