Those who may have wondered if the Century League would be yet another in a series of failed baseball leagues received their answer in 1877. Though staggered by the loss of two of its western outlets in Cincinnati and St. Louis, the league soldiered on and turned in a good and competitive second campaign.

The league's two weakest clubs in '76 were much improved in their sophomore campaigns. Detroit, which had finished sixth the year before, rose from the ashes and won a razor tight four-way race for the second pennant in Century League history. Detroit finished 39-21, one game ahead of Chicago, two ahead of Brooklyn and 3.5 games ahead of Boston. Only Philadelphia - and a thoroughly dismal New York club - finished with losing records in a very competitive season.

Pitcher Julius Tigner turned in a tremendous season in Detroit - winning 23 games against 8 losses with a stellar 1.82 ERA (only Brooklyn's Hartigan O'Carroll's 1.75 mark was better). With Leonard Ziegler's .332 average leading the offense, the Woodwards were solid both at bat and in the field. 

Bill Whitney's Chicagoans finished second with a much-improved lineup featuring an infield full of truly excellent hitters. 1B Lynwood Trease (.348), 2B Jack Wakeham (.393), SS Milo Almes (.363) and 3B Paul Buehler (.312) gave manager Edward Wakeham (who had hung up his bat after the '76 season) a potent force at the plate. Where Chicago struggled - a bit - was pitching where Darren Kelly (17-12, 2.45) and A.W. Morton (20-9, 2.62) were good, but not great.

The defending champs in Brooklyn finished third despite boasting the league's top hitter (Jack Pinkerton: .394) and the pitcher with the top ERA (the aforementioned O'Carroll). Boston was fourth, and in the mix to the end with a solid all-around club. Philadelphia - a power in '76 - struggled to recapture their magic in the wake of their controversial decision to skip their season-ending road trip and finished 27-33. But Charles Bigsby's New York club was truly, and historically, inept, winning only 4 of 61 games. To their credit they did complete their schedule, but Bigsby's tirades while watching his team lose repeatedly made more headlines than his team did.