1888 Major League Baseball season

1888 Major League Baseball season

The following are the baseball events of the year 1888 throughout the world.  


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 Cap Anson CHC .344
HR Jimmy Ryan CHC 16
RBI Cap Anson CHC 84
Wins Tim Keefe NYG 35
ERA Tim Keefe NYG 1.74
Strikeouts Tim Keefe NYG 335

American Association statistical leaders

American Association
Type Name Stat
AVG Tip O'Neill STL .335
HR John Reilly CIN 13
RBI John Reilly CIN 103
Wins Silver King STL 45
ERA Silver King STL 1.64
Strikeouts Ed Seward PHA 272

Notable seasons



  • January 2 – Fred Dunlap signs a contract paying him a $5,000 salary and a $2,000 signing bonus. It is the largest contract ever given to a player to-date.
  • January 17 – The Kansas City Cowboys are admitted to the American Association.
  • January 27 – The Brooklyn Bridegrooms keep 5 players from the New York Metropolitans that they purchased last October and sell the rest, plus 4 of their own players, to the Kansas City Cowboys for $7,000.
  • February 2 – The Indianapolis Hoosiers announce that they will have 42 private boxes on top of their new grandstand. The boxes will only be available to season subscribers.
  • March 2 – The National League reverts to its original policy of a .50¢ admission price with no concessions given to individual clubs.
  • March 5 – The American Association votes to adopt the use of turnstiles at all parks in order to better control entry into games.









External links

  • 1888 National League season at baseball-reference.com
  • 1888 American Association season at baseball-reference.com
  • Charlton's Baseball Chronology at BaseballLibrary.com
  • Year by Year History at Baseball-Almanac.com
  • Retrosheet.org
  • Business of Baseball.com article on the formation and history of the Players League