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The following are the baseball events of the year 1897 throughout the world.  


Champions

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National League final standings

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Boston Beaneaters 93   39 .705     --
2nd Baltimore Orioles 90   40 .692   2.0
3rd New York Giants 83   48 .634   9.5
4th Cincinnati Reds 76   56 .576   17.0
5th Cleveland Spiders 69   62 .527   23.5
6th Washington Senators 61   71 .462   32.0
6th Brooklyn Grooms 61   71 .462   32.0
8th Pittsburgh Pirates 60   71 .458   32.5
9th Chicago Cubs 59   73 .447   34.0
10th Philadelphia Phillies 55   77 .417   38.0
11th Louisville Colonels 52   78 .400   40.0
12th St. Louis Browns 29   102 .221   63.5

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  • February 5 - Charles "Hoss" Radbourn, 42, pitcher who won over 300 games including a record 60 for the 1884 Providence Grays; led NL in wins, strikeouts, winning percentage and games twice each and in shutouts, innings and ERA once each; completed 489 out of 503 starts, pitched three shutouts in 1884 world championship series; held single-season records for games pitched with 76 in 1883, was 27-12 for 1890 Players League champions
  • March 5 - Dave Foutz, 40, pitcher for St. Louis and Brooklyn, and manager of Brooklyn since 1893, who compiled .690 career winning percentage, with 41 wins for 1886 champion Browns; also a first baseman and outfielder, batting .300 three times

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