1885 Chicago White Stockings
1885 Chicago White Stockings / Franchise: Chicago Cubs / BR Team Page
Won NL Pennant
Managed by Cap Anson
History, Comments, Contributions
The 1885 White Stockings were utterly dominant, going 87-25 to win the 1885 National League pennant. They finished only two games ahead of the New York Giants but were at least 30 games ahead of everyone else.
The team scored 7.38 runs per game, as opposed to the league average of 4.95. The pitchers, for their part, had an ERA of 2.23 while the league ERA was 2.82.
George Gore was perhaps the team's best hitter, with a .313 batting average, an OBP of .405 and 13 triples. Player-manager Cap Anson hit .310 and drove in 108 runs. King Kelly, in the outfield and often at catcher, led the team with 124 runs scored. Abner Dalrymple led the team with 11 home runs.
The White Stockings would win the pennant the following year, 1886, but then not do so again until the great 1906 Cubs team, which, however, in spite of winning 116 games, had a lower winning percentage than this 1885 team.
- Paul E. Doutrich: "Champions, Tantrums and Bad Umps: The 1885 'World Series'", Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 46, Number 2 (Fall 2017), pp. 10-16.