The first game of baseball played on ice this
winter in the New York area takes place at Prospect
Park in Brooklyn between 2 teams managed by Billy
Barnie and Crawford. Barnie's team wins 20-7
in a 5-inning match. Only 2 outs per team constitute
The National Amateur Baseball Association meets in
Boston. Harry Wright represents the Professionals
to try and secure the adoption of a single code of
The New York Sunday Mercury describes the activities
of the New Haven club during their training for the
upcoming season: "First, each man runs a quarter of
a mile, then gentle exercise upon the horizontal bar
is taken, after which a trial at vaulting on the vaulting
horse is indulged; then a series of Indian Club swinging,
followed by the whole team pulling about one mile
on the rowing apparatus. After all this, the club
retires to a bowling alley where they pass and strike
The first championship match between the Athletics
and the Philadelphias (called the Pearls or the Fillies)
is played in Philadelphia before 2,000 people, including
the Boston 9, who stopped on their way to Washington.
Highlights are the triple by Cap Anson of the Athletics
and the unassisted DP by Levi Meyerle of the Philadelphias.
The Athletics win 6-3.
The Hartfords wallop the Philadelphia Centennials
13-4. Captain Hayhurst discovers that some of
the Hartford players are using an illegal bat. The
rules state that the bat must be round, but the bat
in question has been whittled down almost flat
on one side and painted black so as to disguise it.
The bat is then removed.
Before 5,000, the St. Louis Browns defeat the Chicago
White Stockings 10-0 at the Grand Avenue Grounds
(later known as Sportsman's Park). St. Louis's George
Bradley allows but 4 hits.
St. Louis holds the White Stockings scoreless for
the first 8 innings and hangs on to win 4-3.
The Browns have shut out Chicago for 17 consecutive
innings, a feat never before accomplished in baseball.
Two hundred people sit through a windstorm in St.
Louis to see a remarkable game as the visiting Chicago
White Stockings defeat the St. Louis Red Stockings
1-0. Each team gets 6 hits in this, the lowest-scoring
game in baseball history at the time.
The Centennial club of Philadelphia becomes the first
professional club of 1875 to disband. The Centennials
have the honor of becoming the first team to
sell a ballplayer. The rival Athletics wanted Bill
Craver and George Bechtel, so the Athletics paid an
official of the Centennials to have the 2 players
released and transferred to the Athletic club.
At Hamilton Park in New Haven, CT, Mann of Princeton
College pitches a no-hitter against Yale and their
star pitcher Avery, winning 3-0.
In St. Louis, the Boston Reds suffer their first
defeat of the season after 21 victories and one draw.
The Browns' George Bradley holds the Reds to 8 hits.
After Bradley makes the last putout, the crowd rushes
on the field and lifts him to their shoulders.
Henry Chadwick has this to say about today's game:
"the finest display of baseball playing and the
most exciting contest yet recorded in the annals of
the national game." The Chicago Whites and the Dark
Blues of Hartford battle 10 scoreless innings before
Jim Devlin scores on a fly out by Paul Hines
in the 11th to win for Chicago 1-0.
An organized gang, having bet on the success of the
local 9, interrupt the Boston-Athletic game with the
score 12-10 in the last of the 10th inning in
favor of Boston. The toughs storm the field preventing
further play. Harry Wright says he will not play again
The largest crowd ever seen in the St. Louis ballpark,
estimated at 15,000, sees the Browns soundly defeat
the Chicago White Stockings 13-2. Watching the
game are members of the Washington club who, when
they return to their hotel, are told that there is
no money to pay their way back to Washington. With
their club disbanded, the players are given fare and
expenses by the St. Louis club.
After discovering that urban rival Cincinnati has
revived its professional baseball team, Louisville
businessmen form the city's first pro team the
same day, allowing them to keep pace on the ball field.
The Chicago Tribune states that the Bostons
will disband at the end of the season, with the Wrights
going to Cincinnati to form a club there. The Chicago
White Stockings 9 for 1876 will include Al Spalding,
James "Deacon" White, Ross Barnes, and Cal McVey of
The use of a lively ball is reflected in the
score as the Mutuals defeat the Philadelphias 16-13
at the Union Grounds in Brooklyn. Joe Start hits 3
HRs and a triple.
Philadelphia's Joseph E. Borden, also known by the
name Josephs, pitches the first no-hitter, beating
the Chicago White Stockings 4-0. The game takes
one hour and 35 minutes to play.
With 3 months to go in the baseball season, the record
now shows Boston in first place with a 37-4 record.
The Athletics are 2nd and Hartford 3rd.
The underrated Philadelphias and their sensational
P Josephs shut out Jim Galvin and the St. Louis Browns
16-0 on 5 hits. It is the first time the
Browns have suffered a shutout in their history.
With the score 1-0 and 2 out in the last of the
9th inning, Hartford's Tom York hits a triple. The
next batter, Bob Ferguson, after hitting a number
of fouls lefthanded, turns around and bats righthanded,
getting a double to tie the score. Rain ends the game
with the score Hartford 1, Mutuals 1.
Tommy Bond pitches his 2nd one-hit game in 10 days.
Bill Boyd of the Atlantics gets the only hit in the
2-0 victory by Hartford.
The St. Louis Browns defeat the Boston Reds, who are
minus the services of Al Spalding, suffering from
a strained back. With Boston's Jack Manning pitching,
the Browns win 5-3. George Wright pitches the
last 3 innings without allowing a run. This is Spalding's
first absence from a professional game in 5 years
with the Reds and, before that, 4 years with Rockford.
The first baseball game played with women professionals
takes place in Springfield, IL. The diamond is
half-sized and a 9-foot high canvas surrounds the
entire field. The uniforms are similar to the
male version except the pants are shorter. Final score:
"Blondes" 42, "Brunettes" 38.
Paul Hines, 2B for Chicago, makes 10 errors, helping
Philadelphia to a 15-6 victory.
The Chicago Tribune calls for the formation
of an organization of major professional teams: Chicago,
Cincinnati, Louisville, Philadelphia, New York, Boston,
and Hartford. "Unless the present Professional Association
leadership adopts rules to limit the number of teams
allowed to participate in the Championship season,
all clubs will go broke."