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1875 in baseball

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The following are the baseball events of the year 1875 throughout the world.


National Association final standings

National Association
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Boston 71 8 .899 --
2nd Athletic (Philadelphia) 53 20 .726 15.0
3rd Hartford 54 28 .659 18.5
4th St. Louis ("Brown Stockings") 39 29 .574 26.5
5th Philadelphia 37 31 .544 28.5
6th Chicago 30 37 .448 35.0
7th Mutual (New York) 30 38 .441 35.5
8th Red Stockings (St. Louis)[1] 4 14 .222 37.0
9th Elm City (New Haven) 7 40 .149 48.0
10th National (Washington) 4 23 .148 40.5
11th Centennial (Philadelphia) 2 12 .143 36.5
12th Western (Keokuk) 1 12 .077 37.0
13th Atlantic (Brooklyn) 2 42 .045 51.5

Statistical leaders

National Association
Type Name Stat
AVG Deacon White BOS .367
HR Jim O'Rourke BOS 6
RBI Cal McVey BOS 87
Wins Al Spalding BOS 54
ERA Al Spalding BOS 1.59
Strikeouts Candy Cummings HAR 82

Notable seasons

  • Boston Red Stockings pitcher Al Spalding has a record of 54-5 and leads the NA in wins. His 570.2 innings pitched ranks second in the league. He has 75 strikeouts, a 1.59 earned run average, and a 136 ERA+. At the plate, he has a .312 batting average and a 134 OPS+.[2][3]
  • Boston Red Stockings first baseman Cal McVey leads the NA with 87 runs batted in and a .873 OPS. His 138 hits and 192 OPS+ both rank second in the league. He has a .355 batting average and 89 runs scored.[4][5]




  • May 3 – The Hartfords are caught using an illegal bat which had been whittled nearly flat on one side and painted black to conceal the altering. The bat is thrown out and Hartford goes on to win the game.
  • May 5 – National of Washington gives up 20+ runs for the 5th consecutive game.
  • May 11 – The Red Stockings of St. Louis fall to the Chicagos 1-0, the lowest scoring game ever at the time.
  • May 21 – Only 10 days after it happened for the first time, the NA sees its second 1-0 game as Candy Cummings of Hartford outduels Bobby Mathews of Mutual.
  • May 22 – Pud Galvin makes his debut with the St. Louis Club. Galvin will only pitch in 8 games for St. Louis and will not be seen in the major leagues again until 1879.
  • June 11 – George Hall of the Philadelphia Athletics, who will finish 2nd in the league with 4, homers in consecutive at-bats.



  • October 10 – At a meeting of Chicago Base Ball Club stockholders, William Hulbert uses a proxy from the widow of the deceased George Gage to declare himself President of the team. He names Albert Spalding as Secretary.
  • October 30 – Boston defeats Hartford 7-4 in what proves to be the final game in the history of the NA. The Bostons claim the last 4 pennants in increasingly dominating fashion after the Athletics win the inaugural flag in 1871.



1 – Some sources show 1864
2 – Some sources show November 13
3 – Some sources show 1877


  • February 14 – Charlie Hodes, 26?, catcher/utility player from 1871–1874.
  • July 22 – Eb Smith, 28, umpire for one game during the 1872 National Association season.


  1. ^ Officially the Red Stockings Base-Ball Club of St. Louis, the team named their field Red Stockings Park and their uniforms featured an image of a red stocking on the front, all of course to capitalize on the fame of the 1869-70 Cincinnati barnstorming club.
  2. ^ "1875 National Association Pitching Leaders". Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  3. ^ "Al Spalding Stats". Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  4. ^ "1875 National Association Batting Leaders". Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "Cal McVey Stats". Retrieved August 29, 2020.

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