Jul. 22, 2015
Best Major League Baseball Team Part 38 : 1878 Reds, 1877 Red Stockings, and 1886 White Stockings all 2-0
In Part 37, Round 2 was complete and the 1878 Cincinnati Reds, 1877 Boston Red Stockings, and 1886 Chicago White Stockings were all 2-0. The first two played each other on 5-7-1886. Data for this game was taken on 5-17-1877 when the Boston won 5-0. In this scenario, these two were tied 5-5 after 9 innings. 1878 Cincinnati Reds pulled it out 6-5 in 10 innings. Game 12 was also played on 5-7-1886 between the 1886 Chicago White Stockings (2-0) and the 1876 St. Louis Brown Stockings (1-1). Data for this game was taken from 5-5-1876 when the Brown Stockings won 1-0. The 1886 White Stockings won 11-6 and went to 3-0, meanwhile the 1876 Brown Stockings were out at 1-2. Game 13 was the 1886 St. Louis Browns against the 1874 Brooklyn Atlantics. These two teams were from different leagues so only O/D data could yield a final score, and was also held on 5-7-1886. The 1874 Brooklyn Atlantics won 9-3 to go to 2-1 and the 1886 St. Louis Browns were out at 1-2. Game 14 was between two 1-1 teams, so someone was going home between the 1872 Brooklyn Atlantics at the 1883 Chicago White Stockings and was played on 5-8-1886. Data was taken from 1874 because the Atlantics did not play in 1871 and the White Stockings did not play in 1872 or 1873. The game which was next on the list was 6-29-1874 when the White Stocking won 5-3. The 1872 Brooklyn Atlantics turned the tables and won 10-8 going 2-1 and 1883 Chicago was out at 1-2.
Game 15 Round 4 was between the 1878 Cincinnati Reds and the 1886 Chicago White Stockings, both 3-0. This Reds team was the National League version, so there was real world data for this game from 5-7-1878 when the Reds won 4-3. However, the 1886 White Stockings won this game 9-6 to go to 4-0 and the 1878 Reds were still very alive at 3-1. Game 16 was between the 1884 Boston Beaneaters (0-1) and a quirk in the bracket gave them a double bye, against the 1874 Brooklyn Atlantics. Data for this game was drawn from 5-22-1874 when Boston won 6-2. The 1884 Beaneaters won 9-7 to go to 1-1 the undefeated 1886 Chicago White Stockings and the 1874 Brooklyn Atlantics were out at 2-2. Game 17, the final Game of Round 4 was between the 1872 Brooklyn Atlantics (2-1) and the 1877 Boston Red Stockings (2-1) played on 5-11-1886. Data for this game was drawn from 5-7-1872 when the Red Stockings won 23-3. The Red Stockings won in this scenario 20-10 and would now play the 1878 Cincinnati Reds (3-1) in the Semis.
Game 18 Round 5 was between the 1886 Chicago White Stockings (4-0) and the 1884 Boston Beaneaters (1-1) who had received a double-bye and was played on 5-13-1886. Info for this game was drawn from 5-14-1884 when the Beaneaters won 4-2. This game was a pitcher's duel and the score was tied 2-2 after 9 innings. The White Stockings scored one run in the Top of the 10th to lead 3-2, but Boston hit a 3 run walk-off home run to win 5-3 in 10 innings. 1884 Boston went to 2-1 and 1886 Chicago was still in at 4-1. Game 19 was an elimination game between the 1878 Cincinnati Reds (3-1) and the 1877 Boston Red Stockings (3-1) played on 5-17-1886. Data for this game was drawn from 5-19-1877 when the Red Stockings won 6-2. The 1877 Red Stockings won 5-4 to go to 4-1 and the 1878 Cincinnati Reds were out at 3-2. There were three teams left : the 1884 Boston Beaneaters (2-1), the 1886 Chicago White Stockings (4-1), and the 1877 Boston Red Stockings. Since the 1884 Beaneaters had only played three games they would play at the 1886 Chicago White Stockings because teams from the same lineage do not play against one another. So Game 20 was played on 5-18-1886 between the 1884 Boston Beaneaters and the 1886 Chicago White Stockings. Data for this game was taken from 5-17-1884 when the Beaneaters won 9-7. The 1886 Chicago White Stockings won 10-5 and now it came down to one game as the 4-1 Boston Red Stockings against the 5-1 Chicago White Stockings for the Papa Championship on 5-19-1886. The 1886 Chicago White Stockings won 4-2 to win the Oscar Championship. They now had a quick turn around, the next day, the 1874 Philadelphia A's would be in town to battle them in a one game playoff for the Oscar-Papa Championship for the right to play the 1884 Providence Grays in a best two-of three for the Mike-Papa Championship.