Boston OF Charley Jones is suspended by the Boston
club for demanding his $378 in back pay and then refusing
to play when it is not forthcoming. In reaction to
Jones's actions, the club suspends, fines, and
blacklists him without paying him anything.
The first night baseball is attempted in Nantasket
Beach, MA, between teams from 2 Boston department
stores, Jordan Marsh and R. H. White. The Boston Post
reports the next day that "A clear, pure, bright light
was produced, very strong and yet very pleasant to
the sight" by the 12 carbon-arc electric lamps. The
game ends in a 16-16 tie.
The Rochesters fail to appear for a game against the
Nationals in Washington because of a dispute over
game receipts. With the Albany club already disbanded,
this means the end of the National Association after
The Polo Grounds in New York at 110th Street between
5th and 6th Avenues is leased by the new Metropolitan
club being assembled by Jim Mutrie with the backing
of John B. Day. The grounds, which have been used
for polo matches, will be converted into the first
commercial baseball park ever to be built on Manhattan
NL secretary Nick Young rules that the final
score of the July 10th game in which Fred Dunlap hit
the apparent HR in the bottom of the 9th inning should
be 2-0, not 10, as some contend. Young
rules that Dunlap's hit should be a HR and it would
be a "gross injustice" to deprive him of one.
Providence loses to Boston 5-4 as John O'Rourke
of Boston keys the Reds' victory with 4 doubles, becoming
the first ML player to hit 4 two-baggers in one
game. The younger brother of Jim O'Rourke will lead
the NL in RBI and slugging averages.
The Polo Grounds is opened with a 4-2 Mets victory
over the NA champion Nationals. The crowd of around
2,500 is the largest for a ball game in the New York
area in several years.
Chicago wins its final game to finish the
season with a 67-17 record, establishing an NL record
for winning percentage (.798), although winning percentage
will not be used officially in the league until
1884. Providence is 2nd, 15 games behind.