1886 Major League Baseball season

1886 Major League Baseball season

The following are the baseball events of the year 1886 throughout the world.  


Major league baseball final standings

National League final standings

National League W L GB Pct.
Chicago White Stockings 90 34 -- .726
Detroit Wolverines 87 36 2.5 .707
New York Giants 75 44 12.5 .630
Philadelphia Quakers 71 43 14 .623
Boston Beaneaters 56 61 30.5 .479
St. Louis Maroons 43 79 46 .352
Kansas City Cowboys 30 91 58.5 .248
Washington Nationals 28 92 60 .233

American Association final standings

Statistical leaders

National League statistical leaders

National League
Type Name Stat
AVG Mike "King" Kelly CHC .388
HR Dan Brouthers DTN 11 Hardy Richardson DTN 11
RBI Cap Anson CHC 147
Wins Lady Baldwin DTN 42 Tim Keefe NYG 42
ERA Henry Boyle SLM 1.76
Strikeouts Lady Baldwin DTN 323

American Association statistical leaders

American Association
Type Name Stat
AVG Guy Hecker LOU .341
HR Bid McPhee PHA 8
RBI Tip O'Neill STL 107
Wins Dave Foutz STL 41 Ed Morris PIT 41
ERA Dave Foutz STL 2.11
Strikeouts Matt Kilroy BAL 513

All-Time Statistical Leaders (Strikeouts)

The 1886 season was memorable as the top two all-time Major League Baseball single season strikeout totals were established that year:[1]

Pitcher Strikeouts Season Team League Overall Rank
Matt Kilroy 513 1886 Baltimore Orioles AA 1
Toad Ramsey 499 1886 Louisville Colonels AA 2

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.



  • February 5 – The lawsuit brought by Fred Thayer and George Wright against Albert Spalding and his Spalding sporting goods company for infringement upon Thayer's patent rights to the catching mask goes to trial. Spalding will be forced to pay royalties to Thayer and Wright when the case is settled.
  • March 17 – The Sporting News, founded by Alfred H. Spink, publishes its first issue. It will quickly become the leading source of baseball information in the country.







External links

  • 1886 National League season at baseball-reference.com
  • 1886 American Association season at baseball-reference.com
  • Charlton's Baseball Chronology at BaseballLibrary.com
  • Year by Year History at Baseball-Almanac.com
  • Retrosheet.org