November 28, 2002

THE CHAMPION CLUB TEAM OF 1888. 18

There were fourteen players of the St. Louis team who took part in forty
games and over, the first nine being as follows:

King, pitcher, 65 games; Boyle, catcher, 71 games; Comiskey, first
baseman, 137 games; Robinson, second baseman, 134 games; Latham, third
baseman, 133 games; White, shortstop, 109 games; O'Neill, left field, 130
games; Lyons, center field, 123 games; and McCarthy, right field, 131
games. The other battery players were Hudson, pitcher, 55 games; Milligan,
catcher, 63 games; Chamberlain, pitcher, 40 games; Herr, shortstop, 43
games, and McGarr, second base, 35 games. The other players are not named
in the official averages. The first nine who played in one hundred games
and over, and who led in batting averages, were O'Neill, McCarthy,
Comiskey, Latham, Robinson, White, and Lyons; Hudson, Milligan, Boyle,
King and Chamberlain, all of whom played in less than one hundred games,
following in order.

In fielding averages, Comiskey, Milligan, O'Neill, Boyle, McCarthy,
Lyons, Robinson and Latham.

The feature of the work of the team in winning the pennant was the
ability shown by Captain Comiskey in his position; the fine infield work,
too, of Latham and Robinson, and the outfielding of O'Neill and McCarthy
greatly aiding the batteries of the team. The full summary of the team's
work is given below:

| | | | | | | K ||
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| . | . | . | . | . | . | . || .
-----------------------+----+----+----+----+----+----+----++---
Victories | 10| 10| 10| 14| 16| 16| 16|| 92
Defeats | 10| 7| 8| 6| 4| 4| 4|| 43
Drawn Games | 1| 1| 0| 0| 0| 0| 0|| 2
Series Won | 0| 0| 0| 1| 1| 1| 1|| 4
Series Tied | 1| 0| 0| 0| 0| 0| 0|| 1
Series Unfinished | 0| 1| 1| 0| 0| 0| 0|| 2
"Chicago" Victories | 3| 2| 0| 2| 4| 1| 0|| 12
"Chicago" Defeats | 1| 1| 1| 0| 1| 0| 0|| 4
Single Figure Victories| 9| 10| 8| 11| 13| 10| 14|| 75
Single Figure Defeats | 9| 5| 7| 6| 4| 3| 4|| 38
Double Figure Victories| 1| 0| 2| 3| 4| 6| 2|| 18
Double Figure Defeats | 1| 2| 1| 0| 0| 1| 0|| 5
Extra Innings Games | 2| 2| 0| 1| 0| 0| 0|| 5
Victories at Home | 6| 6| 6| 8| 9| 11| 14|| 60
Defeats at Home | 4| 3| 4| 3| 1| 2| 3|| 21
Victories Abroad | 4| 4| 4| 6| 7| 5| 2|| 32
Defeats Abroad | 6| 4| 4| 2| 3| 2| 1|| 22
Won by One Run | 2| 3| 2| 0| 3| 4| 1|| 15
Lost by One Run | 5| 1| 4| 4| 1| 1| 2|| 18
Highest Score in a Game|13-4| 8-1|17-5|16-9|14-4|18-1|14-5|
Worst Defeat |2-11| 0-5|1-10| 2-6| 2-8|4-10| 7-9|

The pitching record of the champion team for 1888 is appended:

[**Proofreaders note: Table split into two parts to fit on page]


| | | | | | | K
| | | C | | | L | a
| | | i | B | C | o | n
| B | A | n | a | l | u | s
| r | t | c | l | e | i | a
| o | h | i | t | v | s | s
| l | l | n | i | e | v |
| k | e | n | m | l | i | C
| l | t | a | o | a | l | i
| y | i | t | r | n | l | t
| n | c | i | e | d | e | y
| . | . | . | . | . | . | .
------------+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+---
|W.|L.|W.|L.|W.|L.|W.|L.|W.|L.|W.|L.|W.|L.
------------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--
King | 8| 4| 6| 3| 5| 4| 6| 5| 1| 6| 3| 6| 1| 1
Hudson | 1| 3| 3| 2| 2| 0| 5| 1| 7| 2| 6| 0| 2| 2
Chamberlain | 1| 1| 1| 1| 3| 0| 1| 0| 1| 0| 2| 0| 2| 0
Devlin | 0| 1| 0| 1| 0| 2| 0| 0| 1| 0| 1| 0| 4| 1
Knauff | 0| 1| 0| 0| 0| 2| 2| 0| 0| 1| 1| 0| 2| 0
Freeman | 0| 0| 0| 0| 0| 0| 0| 0| 0| 0| 0| 1| 0| 0
------------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--
Totals |10|10|10| 7|10| 8|14| 6|16| 4|16| 4|16| 4


| |Per
| |Cent
| |of
|Totals. |Victories.
------------+--------------+---------
| W. | L. | P. |
------------+----+----+----+---------
King | 44 | 21 | 65 | .671
Hudson | 26 | 10 | 36 | .722
Chamberlain | 11 | 2 | 13 | .853
Devlin | 6 | 5 | 11 | .545
Knauff | 5 | 4 | 9 | .555
Freeman | 0 | 1 | 1 | .000
------------+----+----+----+---------
Totals | 92 | 43 |135 |



The appended record of the six years' work in the American Association
championship arena, showing the winning clubs and their managers, as also
their victories, defeats and percentage of victories, will be found
interesting:


|WINNING | | | | |
YEAR.|CLUB. |MANAGER.|Victories.|Defeats.|Games.|Percentage.
-----+------------+--------+----------+--------+------+-----------
1882 |Cincinnati |Thorner | 55 | 25 | 80 | .680
1883 |Athletic |Simmons | 66 | 32 | 98 | .670
1884 |Metropolitan|Mutrie | 75 | 32 | 107 | .700
1885 |St. Louis |Comiskey| 79 | 33 | 112 | .705
1886 |St. Louis |Comiskey| 93 | 46 | 139 | .669
1887 |St. Louis |Comiskey| 95 | 40 | 135 | .704
1888 |St. Louis |Comiskey| 92 | 43 | 135 | .681

THE MONTHLY RECORD.

The record of the victories and defeats scored each month of the
championship campaign is appended, by which it will be seen that the
record of the Brooklyn team for October surpassed that of any other club's
monthly record of the season. Cincinnatis led in April, Brooklyn in May,
the Athletics in June, Cincinnatis in July, St. Louis in August, while in
September St. Louis and Brooklyn tied, Brooklyn leading in October. St.
Louis's best month's work was done in August, Brooklyn's in October, the
Athletics' in June, the Cincinnatis' in July, the Baltimores' in
September, the Clevelands' in September, the Louisvilles' in July, and the
Kansas Citys' in August. Kansas City was the only club which failed in at
least one month to score more victories than defeats, their best record
for any month being a tie in victories and defeats. Here is the table in
full:

|April.|May. |June.|July.|Aug. |Sept. |Oct. ||Totals.
-----------+------+-----+-----+-----+-----+-------+-----++-------
|W.| L.|W.|L.|W.|L.|W.|L.|W.|L.| W.|L. |W.|L.|| W.|L.
-----------+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--++---+---
St. Louis | 5| 3 |14| 5|16| 7|15|12|18| 3| 18| 8| 6| 5|| 92| 43
Brooklyn | 7| 5 |18| 4|14| 9|12|11| 8|14| 18| 8|11| 1|| 88| 52
Athletic | 7| 4 | 7|11|18| 4|12|11|16| 6| 14| 12| 7| 4|| 81| 52
Cincinnati | 8| 3 |15| 6| 9|13|16| 7|12| 9| 11| 14| 9| 2|| 80| 54
Baltimore | 6| 4 | 7|11|12|12| 9|17| 7|17| 13| 12| 3| 8|| 57| 80
Cleveland | 2| 9 | 9|11| 6|15|12|13| 6|12| 12| 12| 3|10|| 50| 82
Louisville | 4| 7 | 5|16| 7|15|13|10| 8|14| 7| 18| 4| 7|| 47| 87
Kansas City| 2| 6 | 5|16| 7|14| 9|17|11|11| 8| 15| 2| 8|| 43| 89
-----------+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--++---+---
Totals |41|41 |80|80|89|89|98|98|86|86|100|100|45|45||539|539

The Athletics' victory over Baltimore on June 10, is not counted in the
above table.

The official record of the American Association for the season of 1888 as
sent us by President Wikoff, will be found in full below: