1897 Major League Baseball season

1897 Major League Baseball season

The following are the baseball events of the year 1897 throughout the world.  

Champions

Statistical leaders

National League final standings

Events

Births

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Deaths

  • February 5 – Old Hoss Radbourn, 42, Hall of Fame pitcher who won over 300 games including a record 60 for the 1884 Providence Grays, leading the National League in wins, strikeouts, winning percentage and games twice each and in shutouts, innings and ERA once each; completing 489 out of 503 starts, pitching three shutouts in the 1884 World Championship Series, while holding single-season records for games pitched with 76 in 1883, going 27–12 for the 1890 Players League champions.
  • March 5 – Dave Foutz, 40, first baseman/outfielder/pitcher who played from 1884 through 1896 for the St. Louis Browns and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms/Grooms, a three-time .300 hitter and manager for the Brooklyn teams between 1893 and 1896 for a 690 career winning percentage, while pitching 41 wins for the 1886 champion Browns.
  • March 25 – Bill Quarles, 28, pitcher.
  • August 1 – Jake Seymour, 43, who played for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys of the American Association in the 1882 season.
  • August 4 – John Gilroy, 27, pitcher.
  • August 22 – Tricky Nichols, 47, pitcher who posted a 28–73 record and a 3.06 ERA in 106 games for six different teams between 1875 and 1882.
  • August 27 – Sam Moran, 26, pitcher.
  • October 19 – O. P. Caylor, 47, one of the founders of the American Association.
  • November 15 – Charlie Smith, 56, infielder who appeared in 14 games for the 1871 New York Mutuals.