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The 1897 season of the National League was the twenty-second season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
1 Boston Beaneaters 135 93 39 3 .689 -.- 1025 (7.59) 665 (4.93) 0.319 0.373 0.426 3.65 0.951
2 Baltimore Orioles 136 90 40 6 .662 2.0 964 (7.09) 674 (4.96) 0.325 0.381 0.414 3.55 0.951
3 New York Giants 137 83 48 6 .606 9.5 895 (6.53) 695 (5.07) 0.299 0.353 0.392 3.47 0.930
4 Cincinnati Reds 134 76 56 2 .567 17.0 763 (5.69) 705 (5.26) 0.290 0.345 0.383 4.09 0.948
5 Cleveland Spiders 132 69 62 1 .523 23.5 773 (5.86) 680 (5.15) 0.298 0.359 0.389 3.95 0.950
6 Washington Senators 135 61 71 3 .452 32.0 781 (5.79) 793 (5.87) 0.297 0.349 0.395 4.01 0.933
7 Brooklyn Bridegrooms 136 61 71 4 .449 32.0 802 (5.90) 845 (6.21) 0.279 0.328 0.366 4.60 0.936
8 Pittsburgh Pirates 135 60 71 4 .444 32.5 676 (5.01) 835 (6.19) 0.276 0.328 0.370 4.67 0.936
9 Chicago Colts 138 59 73 6 .428 34.0 832 (6.03) 894 (6.48) 0.282 0.341 0.386 4.53 0.932
10 Philadelphia Phillies 134 55 77 2 .410 38.0 752 (5.61) 792 (5.91) 0.293 0.347 0.398 4.60 0.944
11 Louisville Colonels 134 52 78 4 .388 40.0 669 (4.99) 859 (6.41) 0.265 0.320 0.358 4.42 0.929
12 St. Louis Browns 132 29 102 1 .220 63.5 588 (4.45) 1083 (8.20) 0.275 0.326 0.356 6.21 0.933

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Tom McCreery Louisville Colonels/New York Giants 138
At Bats Duff Cooley
Gene DeMontreville
Fred Tenney
Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Senators
Boston Beaneaters
566
Runs Scored Billy Hamilton Boston Beaneaters 152
Hits Willie Keeler Baltimore Orioles 239
Doubles Jake Stenzel Baltimore Orioles 43
Triples Harry Davis Pittsburgh Pirates 28
Home Runs Hugh Duffy Boston Beaneaters 11
Total Bases Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies 310
Runs Batted In George Davis New York Giants 136
Stolen Bases Bill Lange Chicago Colts 73
Walks Billy Hamilton Boston Beaneaters 105
Hit by Pitch Hughie Jennings Baltimore Orioles 46
Sacrifice Hits Tom McCreery Louisville Colonels/New York Giants 30
Batting Average Willie Keeler Baltimore Orioles 0.424
On-Base Percentage John McGraw Baltimore Orioles 0.471
Slugging Percentage Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies 0.569
On-Base plus Slugging Willie Keeler Baltimore Orioles 1.003
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Fred Clarke Louisville Colonels 165

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Kid Nichols Boston Beaneaters 31
Losses Red Donahue St. Louis Browns 35
Win-Loss Percentage Fred Klobedanz Boston Beaneaters 0.788
Appearances Red Donahue
Win Mercer
Kid Nichols
Cy Young
St. Louis Browns
Washington Senators
Boston Beaneaters
Cleveland Spiders
46
Games Started Red Donahue
Win Mercer
St. Louis Browns
Washington Senators
42
Complete Games Red Donahue
Clark Griffith
Frank Killen
St. Louis Browns
Chicago Colts
Pittsburgh Pirates
38
Shutouts Doc McJames
Win Mercer
Washington Senators
Washington Senators
3
Games Finished Red Ehret Cincinnati Reds 11
Saves Win Mercer
Kid Nichols
Washington Senators
Boston Beaneaters
3
Innings Pitched Kid Nichols Boston Beaneaters 368.0
Batters Faced Kid Nichols Boston Beaneaters 1516
Hits Allowed Red Donahue St. Louis Browns 484
Home Runs Allowed Red Donahue St. Louis Browns 16
Base-on-Balls Allowed Cy Seymour New York Giants 164
Hit Batsmen Win Mercer
Jack Taylor
Washington Senators
Philadelphia Phillies
28
Strikeouts Doc McJames Washington Senators 156
Wild Pitches Chick Fraser Louisville Colonels 22
Balks Cy Seymour New York Giants 2
Runs Allowed Red Donahue St. Louis Browns 306
Earned Runs Allowed Red Donahue St. Louis Browns 237
Earned Run Average Amos Rusie New York Giants 2.54
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Kid Nichols Boston Beaneaters 1.168

[edit] Postseason

The Temple Cup featured a match-up between two National League teams, the first place Boston Beaneaters against the second place Baltimore Orioles. The Baltimore club won the series four games to one.

[edit] Notable events

[edit] Further Reading

  • Bill Felber: A Game of Brawl: The Orioles, the Beaneaters, and the Battle for the 1897 Pennant, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2007.


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