President Davidson surrenders his financially
strapped Louisville franchise to the AA, unable to
pay his players' salaries. New local ownership is
announced on July 5th.
The New York Giants finally open the new Polo
Grounds at 155th Street and 8th Avenue with a 7-5
victory over Pittsburgh. In 25 games in exile on Staten
Island and in Jersey City, the Giants drew 57,000
fans. In 38 games in their new Manhattan home, they
will draw 144,000.
A. G. Spalding's plan for classifying minor leagues
is printed across the nation. It calls for strict
salary and draft-price limits according to the class
of the leagues, features that will serve as the basis
for a century to come.
Joe Dowie of the Orioles goes 5-for-6 in a 17-3
plastering of Louisville. Dowie would wind up with
only 17 hits in his big-league career.
A fatigued Horace Phillips is given a vacation from
managing the Pittsburgh club, captain Fred Dunlap
taking over. On August 1st, Phillips would suffer
a mental breakdown and eventually be placed in an
Cleveland loses 8-4 despite a fluke HR by
Jay Faatz, who hits a ball that ricochets off of Pittsburgh
3B Jim White's foot and goes into the stands, giving
Faatz time to circle the bases.
Poor baserunning by the pitcher costs Baltimore dearly
against St. Louis. In the 2nd game of a doubleheader,
Matt Kilroy pitches a 7-inning no-hitter but has to
settle for a 0-0 tie because he fails to touch
3B while scoring a run.