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1887 Detroit Wolverines season

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1887 Detroit Wolverines
National League Champions
World Series Champions
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Owner(s)Frederick K. Stearns
Manager(s)William Watkins
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The 1887 Detroit Wolverines season was a season in American baseball. The team won the 1887 National League pennant, then defeated the St. Louis Browns in the 1887 World Series. The season was the team's seventh since it entered the National League in 1881. It was the first World Series championship for the Detroit Wolverines and the City of Detroit.

1887 Detroit Wolverines, World Series Champions
1887 Detroit Wolverines, World Series Champions

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Hello, I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics and today I’m going to talk a bit more about economic policy. Ran into the table there a little bit. Whoo! Economic policy can be dangerous. Specifically, we’re going to look at some of the broad goals of economic policy and some of the things that the government does to try to accomplish those goals. And we may even provide some examples of times when the government DID accomplish them, so take that, skeptics. But, I have to admit, a lot of the time the goals are just goals. [Theme Music] So all people have goals and aspirations (except me) and the government, since it’s made up of people is no different. Well I do have one goal: to punch the eagle again. And I did it. Accomplished. Well, actually the government's different because it’s economic goals are much bigger and more important than, say my goal of punching the eagle again. Although I would argue my goal is pretty important. So what are these, goals of economic policy? The first goal is promoting stable markets. We talked about how the government structures the market system in the last episode, so I probably don’t need to repeat it. At least I hope I don’t. You should’ve been paying attention. But since nobody wants a malfunctioning market, most of the things the government does to create a market system also work to make the system stable and predictable. Maintaining law and order and minimizing monopolies are examples of government actions that make the market system stable. I didn’t know the government maintained Law and Order – oh not the tv show, OK. One of the more interesting ways – ok interesting to me – that the government keeps markets predictable is through national regulations of things like automobile fuel efficiency standards. If there were no national regulations, and states were allowed to set the rules, then it might be possible for car makers in Detroit to build cars that live up to the mileage standards in Michigan, but not in California, and that would be anarchy. Well, maybe not anarchy exactly, but it wouldn’t be good, and it’d make it much more difficult for manufacturers to know what kind of cars to make. Also, do you really want California, the state with the biggest population, making rules for the rest of us? Of course you don’t. The second major goal of economic policy is promoting economic prosperity. Here’s another example of a situation where many people will tell you that the best way for the government to promote prosperity is to get out of the way, and they may have a point, but the government doesn’t stop trying. So what does the government do to promote prosperity? For one thing, it tries to keep a positive investment climate and build confidence in the economy. One way the federal government can accomplish this is through regulating financial markets through the Securities and Exchange Commission since people won’t want to invest in the securities markets if they think the game's fixed. Another thing the government can do, if it’s feeling particularly Keynesian, is to spend money on public investment in things like highways and the internet. While not actually built by Al Gore, it did begin with a government program out of the Defense Department. The government also pays for research through the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and enhances the workforce through education policy and immigration policy, all of which contribute to national prosperity. Another, and by no means the last, way that the government can try to make the country more prosperous is by keeping inflation low. You can find out more about inflation from Crash Course: Economics, but the main tool the government uses to control inflation is the Federal Reserve, which is so complicated that it gets it’s own episode. A third goal of government economic policy, one closely related to the first two, is promoting business development. Many people would probably argue that promoting business development and promoting prosperity are the same thing but policies aimed at helping businesses are slightly different and more focused than those targeting the broader goal of promoting prosperity. The main ways that the federal government promotes business development are through tariffs and subsidies. Since the Great Depression, the U.S. has pretty much pursued a policy of free trade, which means lowering tariffs on most things, which by forcing them to compete can hurt businesses, at least in the short run. In the past, however, high tariffs allowed American businesses to develop free from foreign competition and this helped to make the U.S. the most powerful industrial nation in the world! Can we use that Libertage from US History? I think Yes! [Libertage] Subsidies are very controversial and they come in two forms. Grants in aid for things like transportation – building those superhighways again – provide an indirect subsidy to businesses who don’t have to pay for the roads they use to ship the goods they make. Most people don’t complain about this type of subsidy, because they can also be looked at as a public good. Direct subsidies are another issue. These include direct assistance to businesses through the Small Business Administration and government investment in firms like Sematech and, more recently and more controversially, Solyndra. Many people don’t think that the government should be in the business of investing in business and that these subsidies provide the businesses that receive them with an unfair advantage. Farm subsidies are probably just as controversial. They were put in place to help farmers during The Great Depression, but these days, critics worry that most of the subsidies go to corporate farms. The fourth goal of government economic policy is to protect consumers and employees. A lot of people will tell you that the federal government doesn’t do much to protect employees these days, and those people are probably right, but in the past it certainly did. The government made unionization easier with the National Labor Relations Act and setting labor standards, especially overtime rules with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Both of these were passed in the 1930s, by the way. Probably the most notable thing that the government does to protect workers these days is set the federal minimum wage, but since that topic is being hotly debated as this episode is being produced in 2015, I can’t really comment on how it’s going to turn out. On the other hand the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does set up regulations to prevent workers from breathing in hazardous fumes and protect them from other potentially life threatening workplace conditions, and that’s a good thing. As far as consumers are concerned, there are thousands of regulations that protect us to make sure that the things we buy don’t kill or maim us. The Food and Drug Administration makes sure that our medicines aren’t poison, and the Department of Agriculture inspects meat, which I think is really good a idea, actually. The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 made cars safer, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission helps keep lead paint out of our toys and saves us from exploding toasters. I like explosions as much as the next guy, but not with breakfast. All of these goals of economic policy, promoting stable markets, promoting economic prosperity, fostering business development and protecting employees and consumers are interrelated and important. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if one is more important than the other three, because that makes for excellent dinner conversation. If your dinner parties are mostly about the role the government plays in our economy. Please invite me to those dinner parties. I’m hungry, for roast beef and political debate. So, to shift gears a little, let’s talk history, and how the government’s role in regulating the economy has changed in the last 240 years or so. So you probably remember from back when we talked about the transition from congressional to presidential government that began with Teddy Roosevelt and really came into its own with Franklin Roosevelt, that before the 20th century the federal government didn’t really do that much. A lot of that has to do with fiscal policy and taxation, which we’re going to discuss in another episode, and maybe that dinner you’re going to invite me to, but some of it was certainly because of the way that the Supreme Court had interpreted the Commerce Clause to mean that government regulation was suspect, and by suspect, I mean generally not allowed. But by the end of the 19th century the Federal government’s regulatory power had begun to change, and a lot of that has to do with one of my favorite subjects - no not Star Wars. And no not the protection of endangered species. (punches eagle) I’m talking about railroads (Yeah!). Let’s go to the Thought Bubble. So, with the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, travel and communication across the U.S. became much easier and it was possible for the first time to have a national market for goods. If you raised cattle in Kansas, you could now easily ship beef to New York or San Francisco. Railroads were, almost by definition, interstate entities, so it was pretty clear that Congress could regulate them. And they needed regulation because railroads had a nasty habit of discriminatory pricing, charging much, much more for some shippers than for others. Something had to be done and Congress stepped in with the Interstate Commerce Act in 1887, which created the Interstate Commerce Commission to regulate railroads. The period of time around the turn of the 20th century in the U.S. is known as the Gilded Age and is associated with runaway capitalism and the creation of modern corporate structures and industrial capitalists like Andrew Carnegie – or Carnegie, if you will – and John D. Rockefeller who are heroes to some and villains to others. In response to some of the abuses of the Gilded Age, Congress passed its first wave of regulatory legislation. In addition to the ICC, Congress created the Federal Trade Commission to regulate trade and the Sherman and Clayton Acts to try to counter the problem of monopolies. These anti-trust laws are the basis of modern anti-trust regulation and have been used against Standard Oil and Microsoft. This first wave of economic regulation didn’t have huge effects on the economy, certainly not greater than the effects of, say World War I. In the 1920s the federal government returned to a more traditional laissez faire approach, which lasted until the Great Depression swept Herbert Hoover and the Republicans out of office and Franklin Roosevelt into it. And with Franklin Roosevelt came the New Deal and the advent of what law schools sometimes like to call the administrative and regulatory state. Thanks Thought Bubble. We’re not going to get into details about the various laws and regulations of the New Deal here, but luckily I think John talked about them in Crash Course: U.S. History. John, he talks about stuff. But in general, those regulations meant that the federal government would take an active role in regulating certain sectors of the economy, like agriculture and transportation. Sometimes technology played a part. There really wasn’t a need for a Federal Aviation Administration until there were airplanes. The next big wave of government regulation happened in the early 1970s under, of all people, president Nixon. These new regulatory laws were different from their New Deal predecessors in that they focused on the economy as a whole. For example the Occupational Safety and Health Administration dealt with ALL occupations, or at least most of them, and the EPA was created to protect the whole country’s environment. Beginning in the 1980s with Ronald Reagan, or actually before him under Carter, the federal government has undertaken various initiatives to de-regulate the economy, but we already talked about deregulation in our episode on taming the bureaucracy so we don’t need to re-hash that here. The point to remember is that, despite attempts at deregulation, the administrative regulatory state appears to be here to stay. So why do we have an administrative regulatory state now, even though so many people complain about it? Part of the reason has to do with the remarkable staying power of bureaucracies, which are harder to kill than Wolverine. Nowadays the federal government not only has economic goals, goals like increasing prosperity that most of us agree upon, it also has a sense, maybe even a belief that it should try to achieve those goals. This is a long way from the view of the federal government that persisted through the 19th century, one which many people say was handed down by the framers. But times change, and the world and the U.S. has gotten much more complex. Economic concerns take up an increasingly large part of our lives and many of them, especially big macroeconomic policies require big solutions. And for many Americans, but certainly not all of them, the best solution we have is government. Thanks for watching. See you next time. Crash Course Government and Politics is produced in association with PBS Digital Studios. Support for Crash Course: U.S. Government comes from Voqal. Voqal supports nonprofits that use technology and media to advance social equity. Learn more about their mission and initiatives at Voqal.org. Crash Course was made with the help of all these occupational safety and health hazards. Thanks for watching.

Contents

Offseason

On March 13, after training in Macon, Georgia‚ the Wolverines began a six-week exhibition tour through the South and Midwest.

The players

Catchers: Charlie Ganzel and Charlie Bennett

Catching duties were divided between Charlie Ganzel (51 games at catcher) and Charlie Bennett (45 games at catcher). Both were good defensive catchers, though neither hit particularly well. Bennett had a better fielding percentage than Ganzel (.951 to .913), but Ganzel was stronger in range factor (6.78 to 5.64) and fielding runs (9 to 2). Bennett's career in baseball ended when he lost both his legs in a train accident. When the Detroit Tigers opened their new ballpark in 1896, they named it Bennett Park in his honor. It remained Bennett Park until 1912, when the newly built stadium on the same site was named Navin Field.

Infield: Brouthers, Dunlap, Rowe, Twitchell and White

First baseman Dan Brouthers was the first of four future Hall of Famers to play for the 1887 Wolverines. Brouthers won five batting titles and seven slugging titles, and his career batting average of .342 is the 9th highest in major league history. Brouthers was a key to the Wolverines offensive output in 1887 as he led the National League in runs (153), doubles (36), extra base hits (68), on-base percentage (.426), times on base (246), and OPS (.988). He was also among the league leaders with a .338 batting average (3rd in the NL), .562 slugging percentage (2nd in the NL), 20 triples, 12 home runs (5th in the NL), 101 RBIs (4th in the NL), 71 walks (4th in the NL), and an at-bat-to-strikeout ratio of 55.6 (2nd in NL).

The second baseman duties were split between Fred Dunlap and Hardy Richardson. Dunlap played 65 games at second base but missed two months due to an injury. As a result, Richardson played 64 games at second base in addition to 58 games as the left fielder. Richardson was a big contributor to the 1887 Wolverines, as he hit for a .327 average with 51 extra base hits, 131 runs scored, 178 hits and 94 RBIs. Richardson was also a good fielder both at second base and in left field.

Jack Rowe played 124 games at shortstop for the 1887 Wolverines. Rowe was part of "The Big Four" (along with Dan Brouthers, Deacon White, and Hardy Richardson) that Detroit owner Fred Stearns purchased from the Buffalo Bisons for $7,000 before the 1886 season. The purchase of four of the best players in baseball all at one time drew wide attention. Rowe had a big year for the Wolverines, with a .318 batting average, 135 runs scored (2nd in the NL), 171 hits (4th in the NL), 96 RBIs (6th in the NL), 30 extra base hits (7th in the NL), and 239 total bases (9th in the NL). Rowe hit for the cycle for the Wolverines on August 21, 1886. Rowe later suffered a nervous breakdown and died at age 54.

Third baseman Deacon White was also part of "The Big Four" acquired from Buffalo before the 1886 season, and is the second of four future Hall-of-Famers on the team. White won two batting crowns earlier in his career but was 39 years old in 1887. He still hit for a .303 batting average and had 11 triples, 75 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. White was a nonsmoking, Bible-toting, church-going deacon.[citation needed] According to Lee Allen in The National League Story (1961), White was one of the last people to believe that the earth is flat.

Outfield: Thompson, Hanlon, Richardson and Twitchell

Right fielder Sam Thompson, known as "Big Sam," was the third future Hall of Famer on the 1887 Detroit team. Thompson was in his prime in 1887 and had a tremendous year. He was the National League batting champion with a .372 average, and he also led the league in slugging percentage (.571), hits (203), total bases (311), triples (23), RBIs (166), and runs created (127). His 1887 total of 166 RBIs stood as a major league record for 40 years until Lou Gehrig broke it in 1927. He was No. 2 on the all-time home run list at the time of his retirement.

Center fielder Ned Hanlon was the fourth future Hall of Famer on the 1887 Detroit team. Though inducted into the Hall of Fame based on his later performance as a manager, Hanlon was a good fielding center fielder who had tremendous speed and range. In 1887, he stole 69 bases for the Wolverines. He also hit .291 with seven stolen bases and 4 RBIs in the 1887 World Series.

The left fielder duties were split between second baseman/outfielder Hardy Richardson, and pitcher/outfielder Larry Twitchell. In addition to pitching 15 games for the Wolverines, Twitchell played 44 games in left field and 9 games in center field. Twitchell had a .333 batting average and collected 51 RBIs in just 264 at bats. In his 15 games as a pitcher, Twitchell had a record of 11–1.

Pitching: Getzien, Baldwin, Weidman, Conway and Twitchell

The Wolverines' #1 pitcher in 1887 was Charlie Getzien. Getzien had a record of 29–13 for the 1887 team. Getzien started 42 games, pitched 41 complete games, and had an ERA of 3.73. He was among the league leaders in wins, win percentage (.690), inning pitched (366.2), and strikeouts (135). He was also first in the league with 24 home runs allowed. In the 1887 World Series, Getzien had a record of 4–2 with a 2.48 ERA.

Detroit's #2 starter was Charles B. "Lady" Baldwin. Baldwin played four seasons with the Wolverines. In 1886, Baldwin had a record of 42–13 (the most wins ever by a Detroit pitcher) with a 2.24 ERA in 487 innings pitched, striking out 323 of 1936 batters faced. Baldwin also completed 55 of 56 games, seven of which were shutouts. In 1887, Baldwin's appearances were reduced from 56 games to 24, and from 487 innings to 211. He won only 13 games in the regular season for the 1887 Wolverines, but in World Series play, Baldwin pitched 5 complete games for a 4–1 record and a 1.50 ERA.

The Wolverines' #3 pitcher was George Edward "Stump" Wiedman. Wiedman led the National League with a 1.80 ERA for Detroit in 1881. In 1887, Wiedman returned to the Wolverines, where he went 13–7. By late July, Wiedman fell out of favor with manager William Watkins who considered Wiedman to be a malcontent. The Wolverines sold Wiedman to the New York Metropolitans on August 5, 1887.

The Wolverines #4 pitcher was Pete Conway. Despite his 8–9 record in 1887, Conway had the lowest ERA (2.90) among the Detroit starters.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Detroit Wolverines 79 45 0.637 44–17 35–28
Philadelphia Quakers 75 48 0.610 38–23 37–25
Chicago White Stockings 71 50 0.587 44–18 27–32
New York Giants 68 55 0.553 10½ 36–26 32–29
Boston Beaneaters 61 60 0.504 16½ 38–22 23–38
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 55 69 0.444 24 31–33 24–36
Washington Nationals 46 76 0.377 32 26–33 20–43
Indianapolis Hoosiers 37 89 0.294 43 24–39 13–50

Record vs. opponents

1887 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS CHI DET IND NYG PHI PIT WSH
Boston 6–9–3 17–11–1 11–7 7–10–1 9–9 11–7 10–7–1
Chicago 9–6–3 10–8 13–5 11–6–1 12–6–1 5–12–1 11–7
Detroit 11–7–1 8–10 14–4–1 10–8 10–8 13–4 13–4–1
Indianapolis 7–11 5–13 4–14–1 3–15 1–17 7–11 10–8
New York 10–7–1 6–11–1 8–10 15–3 7–10–3 12–6 10–8–1
Philadelphia 9–9 6–12–1 8–10 17–1 10–7–3 12–6 13–3–1
Pittsburgh 7–11 12–5–1 4–13 11–7 6–12 6–12 9–9
Washington 7–10–1 7–11 4–13–1 8–10 8–10–1 3–13–1 9–9


Roster

1887 Detroit Wolverines
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Season summary

Charlie Bennett
Charlie Bennett
Ned Hanlon
Ned Hanlon

The 1887 Wolverines finished the season with a record of 79–45. They outscored their opponents by more than 250 runs—969 to 714. They also led the National League in team batting average, runs scored and slugging. Wolverines batters dominated the National League leader board:

Season highlights

  • May 4: Detroit defeated Pittsburgh in 11 innings. Pittsburgh scored 4 runs in the first inning off Stump Wiedman, but the Wolverines came back.
  • May 7, 1887: Sam Thompson became the first major league player to hit two bases-loaded triples in one game as the Wolverines (8–1) beat the Indianapolis Hoosiers‚ 18–2.
  • May 13, 1887: Fred Dunlap had his second six-hit game in a week (walks were counted as hits in 1887) to help Detroit beat Chicago‚ 17–7. Sam Thompson had three triples.
  • May 17, 1887: Detroit's Dan Brouthers hit a bases-loaded triple and a bases-loaded home run as the Wolverines defeated the Quakers, 19–10.
  • May 21, 1887: Sam Thompson hit a three-run home run to lead the Wolverines to a 4–2 victory over Washington.
  • June 9, 1887: Detroit batters drew 13 walks from Hoosiers pitcher John Kirby.
  • June 11, 1887: Detroit's Fred Dunlap established a National League record by starting four double plays at second base. He participated in five double plays in all to tie the existing major league mark and helps the Wolverines edge the Hoosiers‚ 7–6.
  • July 1, 1887: The Quakers and Wolverines set an all-time record by scoring in 15 of the 18 half-innings played.
  • July 5, 1887: Second baseman Fred Dunlap suffered a serious leg injury that kept him out of the lineup for two months. Detroit beat Boston‚ 16–8‚ to push the Beaneaters into third place.
  • July 18, 1887: Paced by George Wood's two home runs‚ the Quakers beat the Wolverines 12–2‚ as Detroit suffered its first three-game sweep.
  • July 21, 1887: Detroit manager William Watkins fined his third string battery of Fatty Briody and Stump Wiedman. Dissension was rife throughout the team‚ but Watkins did not fine the more prominent malcontents.
  • August 5, 1887: The Wolverines sold third string pitcher Stump Wiedman to the New York Metropolitans.
  • August 13, 1887: The White Stockings beat the Wolverines‚ 8–2‚ with John Clarkson pitching and hitting a home run. Detroit's lead narrowed to ​1 12 games.
  • August 15, 1887: John Clarkson of the Chicago White Stockings beat Detroit again‚ 6–4. The National League also threw out a protested game previously awarded to the Wolverines‚ leaving Chicago and Detroit tied for first place.
  • August 16, 1887: Detroit beat John Clarkson and Chicago 5–3 with five runs in the fourth inning to regain sole possession of first place.
  • September 1, 1887: After the Wolverines beat the Boston Beaneaters in three straight games, Boston removed King Kelly as captain and gave the job to John Morrill.
  • September 5, 1887: Chicago won the opening game of their final series against league-leading Detroit 11–7. John Clarkson picked up his ninth victory over the Wolverines‚ the most ever by a pitcher over a pennant-winning team.
  • September 7, 1887: Detroit defeated John Clarkson and the White Stockings‚ beating them twice‚ 8–2 and 8–4‚ with 34 hits in the two games. The defeat pushed second-place Chicago seven games behind.
  • October 8, 1887: Detroit lost its last regular season game to Indianapolis, 11–9.

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI
C Charlie Ganzel 57 227 40 59 .260 0 20
1B Dan Brouthers 123 500 153 169 .338 12 101
2B Fred Dunlap 65 272 60 72 .265 5 45
3B Deacon White 111 449 71 136 .303 3 75
SS Jack Rowe 124 537 135 171 .318 6 96
OF Sam Thompson 127 545 118 203 .372 11 166
OF Ned Hanlon 118 471 79 129 .274 4 69
OF Hardy Richardson 120 543 131 178 .328 8 94
Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI
Larry Twitchell 65 264 44 88 .333 0 51
Charlie Bennett 46 160 26 39 .244 3 20
Fatty Briody 33 128 24 29 .227 1 26
Billy Shindle 26 84 17 24 .286 0 12
Jim Manning 13 52 5 10 .192 0 3

Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Charlie Getzien 43 366.7 29 13 3.73 135
Lady Baldwin 24 211 13 10 3.84 60
Stump Wiedman 21 183 13 7 5.36 56
Pete Conway 17 146 8 9 2.90 40
Larry Twitchell 15 112.3 11 1 4.33 24
Henry Gruber 7 62.3 4 3 2.74 12
Ed Beatin 2 18 1 1 4.00 6
William Burke 2 15 0 1 6.00 3
Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Fred Dunlap 1 0 0 0 4.50 1

1887 World Series

World Series summary

Lady Baldwin
Lady Baldwin
Larry Twitchell
Larry Twitchell

The Detroit Wolverines defeated the St. Louis Browns in the 1887 World Series, 10 games to 5.

After the Wolverines won the National League pennant, owner Fred Stearns challenged the American Association champion St. Louis Browns. The Wolverines and the Browns would play "a series of contests for supremacy" of the baseball world. This early "world series" consisted of fifteen games – played in Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Baltimore and Chicago, as well as Detroit and St. Louis. The Wolverines claimed their eighth victory – and thus the championship – in the eleventh game.

  • October 9: The Browns ended their season with a 95–40 record‚ a win total that was not exceeded until the adoption of the 154-game schedule.
  • October 10: The World Series opened in St. Louis with the Browns beating Detroit 6–1. St. Louis pitcher Bob Caruthers held the Wolverines to five hits and had three hits himself.
  • October 11: In Game 2, the Wolverines scored five unearned runs to defeat the Browns, 5–3.
  • October 12: In Game 3, Detroit won at home, 2–1, in 13 innings. St. Louis batters had 13 hits against Charlie Getzien‚ but scored only once. Bob Caruthers held the Wolverines to six hits, but the Wolverines scored twice.
  • October 13: In Game 4, the World Series began its tour of other cities with a game in Pittsburgh. Detroit won, 8–0, behind the two-hit pitching of Lady Baldwin.
  • October 15: In Game 5, the Browns beat the Wolverines in Brooklyn, 5–2.
  • October 16: In Game 6, played in New York, Detroit beat St. Louis, 9–0. Charlie Getzien took a no-hitter (not counting walks) into the ninth inning but settled for a three-hit game. Charlie Ganzel‚ playing first base in place of the injured Dan Brouthers‚ led Detroit with four hits. Brouthers was out for the series with a sprained ankle.
  • October 17: Detroit won Game 7, by a score of 3–1, in Phillies' Park.
  • October 18: In Game 8, Detroit beat the Browns, 9–2, at old Dartmouth Street Grounds in Boston, as Big Sam Thompson hit two home runs.
  • October 19: Detroit won Game 9 by a score of 4–2 at Athletics' Park and extended its lead in the World Series to seven games to two.
  • October 21: After a rainout the day before, Detroit and St. Louis played two games in two cities on the same day. In the morning game in Washington, the Browns pull off a triple play in an 11–4 victory over Detroit. In Game 11, played in the afternoon at Baltimore, Detroit clinched the championship with its eighth victory, 13–3.
  • October 26: The World Series ended with a final game back in St. Louis. St. Louis won the final game but lost the series‚ 10 games to 5. Sam Thompson led all hitters in the series with a .362 average.

Postseason player stats

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Charlie Bennett 5 17 4 .262 0 9
Dan Brouthers 1 3 2 .667 0 0
Fred Dunlap 11 40 6 .150 0 1
Charlie Ganzel 14 58 13 .224 0 2
Charlie Getzien 6 20 6 .300 0 2
Ned Hanlon 15 50 11 .220 0 4
Hardy Richardson 15 66 13 .197 1 4
Jack Rowe 15 63 21 .333 0 7
Sam Thompson 15 58 21 .362 2 7
Larry Twitchell 6 20 5 .250 1 3
Deacon White 15 58 12 .207 0 3

Pitching

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Charlie Getzien 6 58 4 2 2.48 17
Lady Baldwin 5 42 4 1 1.50 4
Pete Conway 4 33 2 2 3.00 10

Awards and honors

League leaders

Players ranking among top 100 of all time at position

The following members of the 1887 Detroit Wolverines are among the Top 100 of all time at their positions, as ranked by The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

References

External links

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