Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Ed Delahanty led the NL in home runs (19), runs batted in (146), total bases (347), and slugging percentage (.583). He was second in the NL in hits (219) and adjusted OPS+ (164). He was third in the NL in batting average (.368) and runs scored (145).
New York Giants pitcher Amos Rusie had a win–loss record of 33–21 and led the NL in innings pitched (482), strikeouts (208), and shutouts (4). He was second in the NL in earned run average (3.23). He was third in the NL in wins (33) and adjusted ERA+ (143).
June 19 – Baltimore Orioles outfielder Piggy Ward reached base a record 17 times in 17 consecutive plate appearances, a streak he started on June 16. The record would be matched 69 years later, when catcher Earl Averill, Jr. tied that mark in 1962.
August 16 – Bill Hawke of the Baltimore Orioles pitches a no-hitter against the Washington Senators in a 5–0 win. It is the first no-hitter thrown from the modern-day pitching distance of 60'6".
August 18 – The Boston Beaneaters set a Major League record which still stands for the most batters hit by a pitch in an inning. Four batters are hit in the 2nd inning in the game with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
November 21 – Ban Johnson is named president, secretary, and treasurer of the recently reorganized Western League. Under Johnson's leadership the WL will prosper.