1888 World Series

The 1888 World Series was an end-of-the-year professional baseball season championship playoff series between the National League champion New York Giants and the old American Association champion St. Louis Browns.

1888 World Series
NL: New York Giants (6–4)
AA: St. Louis Browns (4–6)
The "Hall Cup" was awarded to the Giants for defeating the Browns in the 1888 series. Now on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, the exhibit says the cup is "baseball's oldest existing World Championship trophy".

The Giants won, 6 games to 4. Hall of Fame pitcher Tim Keefe went 4–0.

This was the Browns' last appearance in a championship tournament and pre-modern-era World Series, the last of their four consecutive AA pennants. The club would later join the NL in 1892 and be renamed as the St. Louis Cardinals by 1900. It would be 1926 before they would win their next league pennant.

Game summaryEdit

Game 1Edit

October 16, 1888, at Polo Grounds in New York City; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Browns 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 5
New York Giants 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 x 2 2 4
Win: Tim Keefe (1–0) Loss: Silver King (0–1)
Home Runs: none

Game 2Edit

October 17, 1888, at Polo Grounds in New York City; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Browns 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 4
New York Giants 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Win: Elton Chamberlain (1–0) Loss: Mickey Welch (0–1)
Home Runs: none

Game 3Edit

October 18, 1888, at Polo Grounds in New York City; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Browns 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 5 5
New York Giants 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 x 4 5 2
Win: Tim Keefe (2–0) Loss: Silver King (0–2)
Home Runs: none

Game 4Edit

October 19, 1888, at Washington Park in Brooklyn, New York; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Giants 1 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 8 2
St. Louis Browns 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 7 4
Win: Ed Crane (1–0) Loss: Elton Chamberlain (1–1)
Home Runs: none

Game 5Edit

October 20, 1888, at Polo Grounds in New York City; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
St. Louis Browns 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 4 5 5
New York Giants 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 9 2
Win: Tim Keefe (3–0) Loss: Silver King (0–3)
Home Runs: none

Game 6Edit

October 22, 1888, at Philadelphia Baseball Grounds in Philadelphia; day game

(last World Series game to be played at a neutral site until 2020 World Series)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
New York Giants 0 0 0 1 0 3 3 5 12 13 5
St. Louis Browns 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 3 7
Win: Mickey Welch (1–1) Loss: Elton Chamberlain (1–2)
Home Runs: none

Game 7Edit

October 24, 1888, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
New York Giants 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 11 3
St. Louis Browns 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 7 8 3
Win: Silver King (1–3) Loss: Ed Crane (1–1)
Home Runs: none

Game 8Edit

October 25, 1888, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Giants 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 6 11 12 2
St. Louis Browns 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 5 6
Win: Tim Keefe (4–0) Loss: Elton Chamberlain (1–3)
Home Runs: Buck Ewing, Mike Tiernan

Game 9Edit

October 26, 1888, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York Giants 0 3 5 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 11 14 5
St. Louis Browns 1 4 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 3 14 15 4
Win: Jim Devlin (1–0) Loss: Bill George (0–1)
Home Runs: Tip O'Neill

Game 10Edit

October 27, 1888, at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, Missouri; day game
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Giants 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 7 13 8
St. Louis Browns 0 1 0 5 0 5 4 2 1 18 17 3
Win: Elton Chamberlain (2–3) Loss: Cannonball Titcomb (0–1)
Home Runs: Bill George, Tip O'Neill, Tommy McCarthy

Series statsEdit

New York GiantsEdit

BattingEdit

Player G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG
Willard Brown 2 8 8 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.375 0.375 0.500
Roger Connor 7 27 23 7 7 1 2 0 3 4 4 0 0.304 0.407 0.522
Ed Crane 2 7 7 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0.143 0.143 0.143
Buck Ewing 7 27 26 5 9 0 2 1 6 5 1 3 0.346 0.370 0.615
Bill George 2 9 9 2 3 1 0 1 4 0 0 2 0.333 0.333 0.778
George Gore 3 13 11 5 5 1 0 0 0 2 2 2 0.455 0.538 0.545
Gil Hatfield 2 9 8 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0.250 0.333 0.250
Tim Keefe 4 13 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0.091 0.231 0.091
Pat Murphy 3 10 10 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.100 0.100 0.100
Jim O'Rourke 10 40 36 4 8 0 0 0 1 3 4 2 0.222 0.300 0.222
Danny Richardson 9 39 36 6 6 2 0 0 6 3 3 5 0.167 0.231 0.222
Mike Slattery 10 39 39 6 8 2 0 0 5 6 0 5 0.205 0.205 0.256
Mike Tiernan 10 46 38 8 13 0 0 1 6 5 8 2 0.342 0.457 0.421
Cannonball Titcomb 1 4 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.750
John Ward 8 30 29 4 11 1 0 0 6 6 1 0 0.379 0.400 0.414
Mickey Welch 2 7 7 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.286 0.286 0.286
Art Whitney 10 38 37 7 12 0 1 0 12 2 1 4 0.324 0.342 0.378
Team Totals 10 366 339 64 94 10 5 3 55 38 27 30 0.277 0.331 0

PitchingEdit

Player G W – L SV GS CG SHO IP H HR BB SO R ER ERA
Ed Crane 2 1–1 0 2 2 0 17.0 15 0 6 12 10 4 2.12
Bill George 1 0–1 0 1 1 0 10.0 15 1 3 4 14 8 7.20
Gil Hatfield 1 0–0 0 0 0 0 5.0 12 1 3 2 12 7 12.60
Tim Keefe 4 4–0 0 4 4 0 35.0 18 0 9 30 12 2 0.51
Cannonball Titcomb 1 0–1 0 1 0 0 4.0 5 1 2 2 6 3 6.75
Mickey Welch 2 1–1 0 2 2 0 17.0 10 0 9 2 8 5 2.65
Team Totals 10 6–4 0 10 9 0 88.0 75 3 32 52 62 29 2.97

St. Louis BrownsEdit

BattingEdit

Player G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG
Jack Boyle 4 18 16 4 7 0 1 0 4 3 2 2 0.438 0.500 0.563
Elton Chamberlain 5 17 13 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 3 0.000 0.235 0.000
Charlie Comiskey 10 42 41 6 11 1 1 0 3 4 1 1 0.268 0.286 0.341
Jim Devlin 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
Ed Herr 3 11 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0.091 0.091 0.091
Silver King 5 16 15 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0.067 0.125 0.067
Arlie Latham 10 45 40 10 10 0 0 0 3 11 5 6 0.250 0.333 0.250
Harry Lyons 5 18 17 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 0.118 0.167 0.118
Tommy McCarthy 10 41 41 10 10 1 0 1 9 6 0 0 0.244 0.244 0.341
Jocko Milligan 8 28 25 5 10 2 1 0 4 0 3 3 0.400 0.464 0.560
Tip O'Neill 10 43 37 8 9 1 0 2 11 0 6 3 0.243 0.349 0.432
Yank Robinson 10 42 36 7 9 2 1 0 7 2 6 12 0.250 0.357 0.361
Bill White 10 38 35 4 5 1 0 0 4 1 3 6 0.143 0.211 0.171
Team Totals 10 362 330 60 75 8 4 3 46 29 32 52 0.227 0.296 0

PitchingEdit

Player G W – L SV GS CG SHO IP H HR BB SO R ER ERA
Elton Chamberlain 5 2–3 0 5 5 1 44.0 52 3 16 13 36 26 5.32
Jim Devlin 1 1–0 0 0 0 0 7.0 5 0 2 5 3 2 2.57
Silver King 5 1–3 0 5 4 0 35.0 37 0 9 12 23 9 2.31
Team Totals 10 4–6 0 10 9 1 86.0 94 3 27 30 62 37 3.87

Series summaryEdit

Game Score Date Ballpark, City Attendance
1 Browns 1 – 2 Giants October 16 Polo Grounds, New York City 4,876
2 Browns 3 – 0 Giants October 17 Polo Grounds, New York City 5,575
3 Browns 2 – 4 Giants October 18 Polo Grounds, New York City 5,780
4 Giants 6 – 3 Browns October 19 Washington Park, Brooklyn, New York 3,062
5 Browns 4 – 6 Giants (8 innings) October 20 Polo Grounds, New York City 9,124
6 Giants 12 – 5 Browns (8 innings) October 22 Philadelphia Baseball Grounds, Philadelphia 3,281
7 Giants 5 – 7 Browns (8 innings) October 24 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis, Missouri 4,624
8 Giants 11 – 3 Browns October 25 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis, Missouri 4,865
9 Giants 11 – 14 Browns October 26 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis, Missouri 711
10 Giants 7 – 18 Browns October 27 Sportsman's Park, St. Louis, Missouri 412