The following are the baseball events of the year 1872 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball


National Association final standingsEdit

National Association
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Boston Red Stockings 39 8 .830
2nd Philadelphia Athletics 30 14 .682 7.5
3rd Baltimore Canaries 34 19 .642 8
4th New York Mutuals 34 20 .630 8.5
5th Troy Haymakers 15 10 .600 13.0
6th Cleveland Forest Citys 6 15 .286 20
7th Brooklyn Atlantics 8 27 .229 25.0
8th Washington Olympics 2 7 .222 18.0
9th Middletown Mansfields 5 19 .208 22.5
10th Brooklyn Eckfords 3 26 .103 27.0
11th Washington Nationals 0 11 .000 21.0

Statistical leadersEdit

National Association
Type Name Stat
AVG Ross Barnes BOS .432
HR Lip Pike BAL 6
RBI Lip Pike BAL 60
Wins Albert Spalding BOS 38
ERA Albert Spalding BOS 1.98
Strikeouts Bobby Mathews BAL 55

Notable seasonsEdit



  • March 4 – At its annual convention being held in Cleveland, the NA adopts a rule change to allow the use of the wrist in the pitching delivery.



  • July 6 – Sporting a 22–1 record, Harry Wright takes the Boston Red Stockings on vacation to an island in Boston Harbor.
  • July 9 – The Brooklyn Eckfords commit 13 errors in their 15–3 loss to the Troy Haymakers. It is the fewest errors committed by the 0–11 Eckfords in a game thus far this season.
  • July 23 – Despite a winning record, the Troy Haymakers disband due to financial problems. Half of the Haymaker's roster will move to the Brooklyn Eckfords, which saves them from dropping out of the NA.
  • July 26 – In an emergency meeting, the NA revises their scheduling requirements from 5 to 9 games versus each opponent competing for the championship. This is in response to the number of teams that have disbanded and comes 3 days after the first-division Troy Haymakers had called it quits.
  • August 13 – The Middletown Mansfields announce that they have disbanded the club and drop out of the NA.
  • August 19 – The Cleveland Forest Citys disband their club after a loss to the Boston Red Stockings. This drops the number of teams still playing in the NA to 6.
  • September 1 – Al Thake, left-fielder batting .295 for the Brooklyn Atlantics, drowns in New York harbor after falling from a fishing boat. Thake is the first active major league ballplayer to die. (But Elmer White, active in 1871, had died in winter.)




Date Individual's death date
Name Individual's name
Age Age at death
Cause Cause of death
Cemetery Place individual is interred
City/State City and state of burial
Seasons Seasons in which individual appeared
Teams Teams the individual played for or managed
Date Name Age Cause Cemetery City/State Seasons Teams Ref
March 17 Elmer White 21 Unknown Elmwood Cemetery Caton, New York 1871 Cleveland Forest Citys [1]
September 1 Al Thake 22 Drowning Green-Wood Cemetery Brooklyn, New York 1872 Brooklyn Atlantics [2][3]



  • Ryczek, William J. (1992). Blackguards and Red Stockings; A History of Baseball's National Association 1871–1875. Wallingford, Connecticut: Colebrook Press ISBN 0-9673718-0-5
  • Nemec, David (1997). The Great Encyclopedia of 19th-Century Major League Baseball. New York: Donald I. Fine Books ISBN 1-55611-500-8


  1. ^ "Elmer Smith". Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  2. ^ "Al Thake". Retrosheet, Inc. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  3. ^ "The Obit For Bub McAtee". The New York Times. September 2, 1872. Retrieved January 26, 2011.

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