1885 Major League Baseball season

1885 Major League Baseball season

The following are the baseball events of the year 1885 throughout the world.  


  • Post-season playoff: Chicago White Stockings played St. Louis Browns. Series ended with both teams going 3–3–1 in a best-of-7 series. Game 1 ended in a tie called after 8 inning due to darkness; Game 2 was awarded to Chicago by forfeit after 6 innings because St. Louis refused to continue after disputing an umpiring decision. Both teams dispute series and claim championship.
  • National League: Chicago White Stockings
  • American Association: St. Louis Browns

Major league baseball final standings

National League final standings

American Association final standings

Statistical leaders

National League statistical leaders

National League
Type Name Stat
AVG Roger Connor NYG .371
HR Abner Dalrymple CHC 11
RBI Cap Anson CHC 108
Wins John Clarkson CHC 58
ERA Tim Keefe NYG 1.57
Strikeouts John Clarkson CHC 308

American Association statistical leaders

American Association
Type Name Stat
AVG Pete Browning LOU .354
HR Harry Stovey PHA 13
RBI Frank Fennelly CIN 89
Wins Bob Caruthers LOU 40
ERA Bob Caruthers LOU 2.07
Strikeouts Ed Morris PIT 298

Notable seasons






  • October 1 – The first all black professional team is formed by Frank P. Thompson. Originally known as the Athletics, they will soon change their name to the Cuban Giants.
  • October 3 – Playing in an exhibition game against Newark of the Eastern League, the American Association Baltimore Orioles are no-hit by the former (and future) big-leaguer, John "Phenomenal" Smith.
  • October 7 – Fred Shaw of the Providence Grays throws a 5 inning no-hitter before 12 fans in Buffalo in the first game of a double-header against the Bisons. Shaw beats them again in another 5-inning game in the nightcap.
  • October 10 – The Providence Grays sweep the Buffalo Bisons in a double-header in the Bison's last day in the major leagues. Buffalo finishes the season with a 17 game winless streak, only managing 1 tie in the season's last 3 weeks.
  • October 10 – Joe Gerhardt, second baseman of the New York Giants finishes the season with a .155 batting average while shortstop Charlie Bastian of the Philadelphia Quakers ends the year with a .167 average. Both players set still-standing records for the lowest batting average in a season (with a minimum of 350 at-bats) for their respective positions.
  • October 17 – The National League sets a minimum player salary of $1,000 and a maximum of $2,000 for the 1886 season.
  • October 22 John Montgomery Ward, along with several teammates, forms the Brotherhood of Professional Base-ball Players, the first union in professional sports history. The Brotherhood would ultimately result in the Players League in 1890.
  • October 24 – The final game of the 1885 World Series is played. The St. Louis Browns defeat the Chicago White Stockings 13–4 to tie the series at 3 wins each, with game 1 having ended in a tie.
  • December 4 – The New York Metropolitans are sold to Canadien-born millionaire Erastus Wiman for $25,000.
  • December 24 – The St. Louis Browns sell the reserve rights of Sam Barkley to fellow American Association member Baltimore Orioles for $1,000.



See also

External links

  • 1885 National League season at baseball-reference.com
  • 1885 American Association season at baseball-reference.com
  • Charlton's Baseball Chronology at BaseballLibrary.com
  • Year by Year History at Baseball-Almanac.com
  • Retrosheet.org