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Phillies Go 16-0-1 To End Season, Fall Just Short of Pennant In New Ballpark
The Phillies opened the season in their new, $80,000 wooden ballpark, called Huntingdon Grounds
at Broad and Huntingdon, later named Baker Bowl. Attendance soared to 253,671 on the strength of
an entertaining team that scored 901 runs in 128 games, along with a desperate September and October
charge. The Phillies were undefeated from September 15 through October 8 going 16-0, yet were unable
to catch the Detroit Wolverines finishing 3 ½ games behind the winners. Detroit was led by 29-game
winner Pretzels Getzien, and the power of first baseman Dan Brouthers and right fielder Sam Thompson.
For the Phillies, Lefty Dan Casey went 28-13, and led the league with four shutouts and a 2.86 earned
run average. George “Dandy” Wood hit 14 homeruns. Outfielder Jim Fogarty stole 102 bases and scored
113 runs. Charlie Ferguson could not repeat as a 30-game winner, but he did win 22, and most incredibly
led the team with a .337 batting average and 85 RBIs in only 300 plate appearances. Charlie filled in
at second base, third base, and in the outfield when not pitching.
Once again the composition of the league changed; in March the St. Louis franchise was sold to a group
from Indianapolis for $12,000, and the Kansas City Cowboys sold all their players to the league for $6,000 making way for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys to join the National league.
For the third time in seven years, the NL rules committee changed the number of balls required for a batter to take first base. In 1880, eight called balls were needed for a walk, in 1881-seven, in 1884 –six, here in 1887 – five. Two years later in 1889, the number was changed to four which,
it now seems, is about right. It was always agreed that three strikes and you’re out.
In February, somewhere out in Kansas, a right handed pitcher named Grover Cleveland Alexander was born.
By max blue