William Arthur Cummings, who has been accused of signing
contracts with 3 different clubs for the 1872 season,
will be allowed to play with the Mutual Club of NY.
The National Association of Professional Baseball
Players holds its annual convention in Cleveland.
Eight clubs send delegates. Bob Ferguson, Atlantics
IF, is elected president. Each team is required to
play a series of 5 games with each club. Whoever wins
the most games will be declared champion. The rules
will now permit the use of the wrist in pitching.
A gathering of Cincinnatians takes place on the old
Union Grounds to witness the auction of the trophies
of the famous Cincinnati Red Stockings Baseball Club.
Balls from the Reds' victories of 1869 and 1870 sell
for an average of $2-$4 each.
The first match of the season is played at Washington,
and the Lord Baltimores hand the Olympics their first
"Chicago," or shutout game, ever, winning 16-0.
Other teams in the professional association are the
Atlantics, Athletics, Boston, Cleveland, Eckfords,
Haymakers, Nationals, Mutuals, and the Mansfields
of Middletown, CT.
Troy and Middletown begin their season with a well-pitched
game by George Zettlein, now with the Haymakers. For
the Mansfields, in their first big- league
game, a 10-0 loss, are Tim Murnane and future
Hall of Famer Jim O'Rourke. O'Rourke, later a prominent
Boston Reds player, will close out a noteworthy career
by catching a full game for the New York Giants in
A cold, blustery day in Philadelphia does not deter
5,000 spectators who turn out to see the season's
first game between last year's champions, the
Athletics, and the number one contender, the Boston
Reds. Philadelphia scores 6 in the 7th inning to win
the game 10-7.
A dispute stops play in the Baltimore-Athletics game.
With one out and Mike McGeary on 2B and Adrian "Cap"
Anson on 1B, Anson is thrown out at 2B on an attempted
steal on a pitch that gives the batter a base on balls.
The umpire calls Anson out on the grounds that he
attempted to steal before Denny Mack received the
pitch, a ball, entitling him to his base. During the
argument, McGeary steps off 3B and is tagged out,
ending the inning. A great uproar starts and the game
is stopped. The game will be replayed.
The first game to be played in Chicago since
the Great Fire is played on the new grounds of the
Chicago Base Ball Association before an enthusiastic
crowd of 4,000. Baltimore defeats Cleveland 5-3.
During the Athletics-Atlantics game, Tom Barlow bunts
the ball and reaches first safely. The New York
Clipper describes the play: "After the first
two strikers had been retired, Barlow, amid much laughter
and applause, 'blocked' a ball in front of the home
plate and reached first base before the ball
did." That is one of only 3 hits off Dick McBride,
as the Athletics win 11-1.
Cleveland defeats the Eckford club at the Union Grounds
in Brooklyn 24-5. Cleveland C Scott Hastings
gets 6 hits and scores 5 runs. Cleveland plays the
game with only 8 players.
The Boston team under Harry Wright leaves for
one of the islands in Boston's Harbor for 10 days
of hunting and fishing for a week's vacation.
Boston's record is now 22-1.
The National Association holds a special meeting,
resolving that, because some teams have dropped out
of the race for 1872 (Troy, Nationals, and Olympics),
9 games will be played between contending teams this
season instead of 5.
Twenty-five hundred people watch the Baltimore
Canaries rally for 3 runs in the 9th to tie the Mutuals
8-8 and then win the game in the 12th 128
at the Union Grounds in Brooklyn.
The Maple Leaf Club of Guelph, Canada, the Canadian
champions, plays the Mutuals on the Union Grounds.
The Canadians started their American tour in Baltimore
on the 12th, losing 25-5. Yesterday they lost
in Philadelphia to the Athletics 35-8. Today,
in a close game they lose to the Mutuals 9-4.
After the defeat of the Forest Citys of Cleveland
by Boston 18-7 at Cleveland, the club disbands.
There are now only 6 clubs left playing for the pennant.
Albert Thake, 22-year-old LF of the Brooklyn Atlantics,
drowns off Fort Hamilton, in New York Harbor, while
fishing. A benefit game is arranged by Bob
Ferguson between the old Brooklyn Atlantics and members
of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings.
An unusual play highlights the Athletics-Boston match
in Philadelphia. With the Athletics leading 4-1
in the 7th inning, and runners on 1B and 2B, Fergy
Malone pops up to SS George Wright. Wright catches
the ball in his hat and then throws the ball to 3B
after which it is thrown to 2B. Wright claims a double
play has been completed, as a batter cannot be retired
with a "hat catch," and thus runners Cap Anson and
Bob Reach are forced out. The umpire finally
gives Malone another at-bat, declaring nobody out.
Athletics win 6-4.
Baltimore scores 39 runs on 42 hits to the Atlantics'
14 runs on 11 hits. The ball used was so hard and
elastic it was dangerous to try and catch it. Scott
Hastings, the Baltimore catcher, scores 6 times on
7 base hits.
The "Grand Base Ball Tournament" begins, a series
of games played on the Union Grounds in Brooklyn between
the 3 major professional clubs: Mutuals, Athletics,
and the Reds of Boston. First prize will be $1,800.
Today's game ends in a tie, Mutuals 7, Boston 7. The
tournament will end October 17th with Philadelphia
and Boston splitting the prize money.
A contest of throwing the baseball is held on the
Union Grounds in Brooklyn, first prize being
$25. Six contestants make 3 throws each from CF toward
home plate. John Hatfield's last throw carries
133 yards, 1 foot, and 712 inches to capture
first prize and break his 1868 record of 132
The Boston Red Stockings win the championship of the
1872 season, winning their 39th game by defeating
the Eckfords 4-3.