|HARRY MCCORMICK-P, GRANDMOTHER POWERS-SUB, DAN STEARNS-1B, BID MCPHEE-2B HICK CARPENTER-3B, POP SNYDER-C, WILL WHITE-P, CHICK FULMER-SS, JOE SOMMER- LF, JIMMY MACULLAR-CF, HARRY WHEELER-RF||ABNER DALRYMPLE-LF, GEORGE GORE-CF, TOM BURNS-2B, NED WILLIAMSON-3B SILVER FLINT-C, HUGH NICOL-RF, FRED GOLDSMITH-P, CAP ANSON-1B, MIKE KELLY-SS- LARRY CORCORAN-P, JOE QUEST-2B|
The White Stockings won their 3rd straight NL crown edging out the Providence Grays by 3 games, and by virtue of winning 8 of 12 meetings with their NL rival. The White Stockings fielded the identical team as the 81’ team, while leading the league in hitting(.277) as well as runs scored(604) and team ERA.(2.22) Manager Cap Anson’s .362 led the team, Mike Kelly(.305) and last seasons World Series MVP George Gore(.319) provided the additional fire power on offense.
The dynamic duo of Fred Goldsmith and Larry Corcoran pitched all but 3 innings during the season. Winning 28 and 27 games for the season.
The Cincinnati Red Stockings won the inaugural American Association crown easily outpacing the 2nd place Athletics by 11.5 games. Offensively they too led the league in average(.264) and runs scored.(489) Hick Carpenter(.342) was the only player to hit over .300, and the Reds managed only 5 HRs on the season. Defensively they were the best in the league, and on the mound they were led by the professorial looking Will White and his 40 wins and 1.54 ERA. The above color tinted team photo shows the Al Spalding experiment of having the players wear different colored jerseys and hats based on position played. The NL adopted this idea as well, but both leagues ended the practice in June because of the obvious confusion this presented to both the fans and players. I see pastels were all the rage in the 1880’s.
These 2 teams actually met at season’s end in the 1st ever post season matchup between pennant winners of 2 major leagues. The White Stockings were scheduled to play the 2nd place Grays in a best of 9 series with the winner to be declared undisputed League Champion. The White Stockings would win that series 5-4 under objectionable circumstances. But before that clash they agreed to go to Cincinnati for a 2 game series.
Game#1 was won by the Reds as Will White shut them out 4-0. Cap Anson may not have taken this game too seriously because he didn’t bring Mike Kelly, and he had starting pitcher Larry Corcoran play short. The White Stockings won game #2 on 2 unearned runs in the 1st, and shutout ball from game #1 shortstop Larry Corcoran. No 3rd game was scheduled do to the White Stockings prior commitment to play the Grays.
Prediction: The White Stockings would be the odds on favorite to win this World Series, but both Will White and Harry McCormick posted sub 1.60 ERA’s. Even though in real life they would have done this against a lower talent base in the AA, the DMB software doesn’t make that distinction, which could lead to a Red Stocking upset.