The Cleveland Spiders beat Pittsburgh 6-3 in
St. Augustine in the first spring training game
between 2 ML teams ever played in Florida.
The International League changes its name to the Eastern
Association because it no longer has any Canadian
Opening Day in the AA with 4 games. In St. Louis,
the Cincinnati Kellys walk off the field in the
9th inning after new umpire Billy Gleason makes several
questionable decisions in favor of his old Browns
teammates. Gleason will be fired in 2 days, and
the game will be replayed.
Clark Griffith, 21 years old, makes his ML debut,
pitching the St. Louis Browns to a 13-5 victory
over Cincinnati. After spending much of 1892 and 1893
in the minors, Griffith will return to remain
active in the majors as a pitcher, manager,
and club owner until his death in 1955.
The Washington Statesmen (AA) open their new National
Park before a crowd of 4,365. This site at 7th Street
and Georgia Avenue, N.W., will serve ML baseball in
the nation's capital through 1961, except for one
4-year period (1900-1903).
Washington 2B Fred Dunlap, once considered the greatest
in the game, suffers a career-ending broken leg.
Opening Day in the NL. The largest crowd (17,355)
is in New York, where the Giants lose to the Boston
Beaneaters 4-3 on a 9th-inning muff by CF George
Local Cincinnati authorities allow the Kellys to
play their Sunday game, which is won by the Louisville
Colonels (AA) 12-6, but then arrest all the
players on charges of violating the state's Blue Laws.
The Bridegrooms play their home opener at Eastern
Park in the East New York section of Brooklyn. The
park was used by the PL club in 1890, and the NL club
will occupy it for 7 years. It is located near a complex
of streetcar and suburban railroad lines, forcing
fans to "dodge trolleys" to get to the gates. This
spawns the name "Trolley Dodger" or "Dodgers" for
the ball club.