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1914 Boston Braves

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    January


    January 4 Having waited in vain for the $1‚000 check from the Baltimore club‚ St. Louis owner Chris Von Der Ahe takes $1‚000 from Pittsburgh for the rights to Sam Barkley‚ ignoring the fact that the infielder has already signed with the Orioles.
    January 16 Washington is admitted to the NL‚ bringing the membership up to 7 teams.

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    February



    February 5 The patent dispute between Thayer & Wright and A. G. Spalding & Brothers goes to court in Chicago. Thayer is the Harvard pitcher who claimed to have invented the catcher's mask‚ while G. Wright and Spalding are former teammates on the champion Boston Red Stockings. In the eventual settlement‚ Thayer's claims will be upheld and he will receive a royalty on masks sold from Spalding's company. Spalding will buy out many rivals on his way to establishing a monopoly in the sporting goods business.
    February 9 Kansas City is admitted to the NL on a one-year trial basis.
    February 21 Close to 8‚000 fans jam the little ball park in Havana to see the home team beat Almendares‚ 9-5‚ to win the Cuban Championship.
    February 24 Kansas City hires 30-year-old Dave Rowe to manage the Cowboys.
    February 27 The Cincinnati AA club is sold by Aaron Stern to Louis Huack‚ a wealthy brewer and banker.

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    March


    March 2 The American Association meets and overrules president Denny McKnight (also owner of the Pittsburgh club) and suspends Sam Barkley for signing with Pittsburgh before the dispute over his sale is settled.
    The AA adopts new rules. The number of balls needed for a walk is reduced from 7 to 6; the pitcher's box is one foot deeper‚ giving the pitcher 7 feet behind the 50-foot front line in which to execute his delivery; Stolen bases are adopted as an official statistic‚ although the definition is rather vague initially.
    March 4 The NL meets and adopts the stolen base and the 4 foot by 7 foot pitcher's box. But the NL retains 7 balls for a walk and rejects the AA rule giving a batter first base on HPB.
    March 5 A business wrangle in the NL ends in a weakening of the league's famous 50 cents admission standard. St. Louis and Philadelphia‚ the two clubs facing rival AA teams with an admission of 25 cents‚ are allowed to charge a minimum of a quarter. Newcomers Washington and Kansas City are stuck with the 50 cents minimum‚ but are given the option of selling 3 tickets for a buck.
    March 12 Louisville opens the spring training season by playing a game in Savannah‚ Georgia.
    March 13 Via a transatlantic telegraph from Paris‚ 40-game winner Bob Caruthers agrees to terms with St. Louis Browns owner Von der Ahe. Caruther's well-publicized holdout will earn him the nickname "Parisian Bob."
    March 17 The Sporting News‚ the weekly that will become "The Baseball Paper of the World‚" publishes its first issue.
    March 18 The New York State League admits Buffalo‚ Toronto‚ and Hamilton. The inclusion of the Canadian teams causes the league to change its name to the International League.
    March 22 The AA ousts H. D. McKnight from the presidency for his partisan handling of the Barkley case. Wheeler Wikoff is the new president.
    March 27 The Cincinnati Reds announce that the pennant they won in 1882 will be flown at home games this season "for luck."
    March 29 According to today's Sporting News‚ the Reds are placing "telephone bulletins" in the suburbs to inform fans of the "exact conditions of the grounds" one hour before game time.

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    April


    April 2 Capitol Park is opened in Washington with an exhibition game. The team will be called the Senators or Statesmen. The new park will carry the nickname "Swampdoodle Grounds."
    April 8 Tommy Burns of Newark slugs Elmer Foster of the Mets‚ precipitating a ruckus that ends the exhibition game in Newark. Another mob scene will be narrowly avoided when the 2 teams meet again in NY.
    April 13 The Sam Barkley case is resolved whereby the infielder is reinstate and allowed to play with Pittsburgh. As compensation‚ Baltimore gets 1B from the Alleghenies‚ and St. Louis gets to keep the $1‚000 payment for Barkley's rights.
    April 16 The exhibition competition between the AA and the NL ends with the AA ahead 19-16.
    April 17 The Opening Day game in Cincinnati (AA) is protested when the umpire refuses to put a new ball into play despite the new rule making 2 new balls available at all times.
    April 19 Baltimore rookie Matt Kilroy pitches his 2nd two-hitter in 2 games‚ both against Brooklyn.
    April 21 Phil Reccius‚ the last of 3 ball playing brothers still active‚ suffers a broken leg‚ virtually ending his season.
    April 22 The Mets' lavish new park on Staten Island is opened with a loss to the Athletics 7-6.
    Later this summer‚ cranks (fans) will be able to look at N.Y. harbor from the St. George grandstand and see the Statue of Liberty being assembled.
    April 24 Arlie Latham of the Browns goes 6-for-6 and scores 5 runs as the Browns beat Louisville 15-9. The loser is young prospect Bones Ely‚ who will soon be released‚ but reemerge in the 1890s as a shortstop.
    April 25 The NL St. Louis Maroons play Leavenworth (Western League) in an exhibition game and get no-hit by William F. Hart‚ later of Cincinnati (according to Ernie Lanigan).
    Because of a leg injury‚ Browns SS Bill Gleason misses his first game in 5 years‚ a 16-10 win over visiting Louisville (AA). The hard-nosed Gleason is known for his rough‚ physical style of play on the basepaths and in the field.
    April 27 Having failed to get a $1‚500 salary from the NL to umpire this season‚ veteran Bob Ferguson signs with the AA and officiates his first game in Baltimore. The Orioles lose 2-1 to the Athletics.
    April 29 Opening Day for the NL. The New York World carries woodcuts of live action photographs taken by a "detective" camera‚ perhaps the first "live" pictures of baseball ever taken.
    Thanks to poor baserunning by Baltimore‚ Brooklyn pulls off its 2nd triple play in 3 games. It is not enough as Baltimore wins‚ 14-9.
    April 30 The first NL game in Kansas City is played‚ the home team losing a tight game with Chicago 6-5 in 13 innings. This game is "recreated" for fans in Chicago at the Central Music Hall using a picture of the ball field and transparencies with players' names on them.

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    May


    May 1 Al Atkinson pitches his 2nd no-hitter for the Athletics‚ beating the Mets 3-2. His first no-hitter (May 24‚ 1884) was also not a shutout. Atkinson records no strikeouts.
    May 2 The Athletics and Brooklyn (AA) play 8 innings to a 19-19 tie at Brooklyn's new Sunday park in Ridgewood‚ which is just across the line in Queens. The Queens sheriff is willing to ignore the Sunday Blue laws. Jocko Milligan has 4 doubles for Philadelphia.
    May 3 C Patrick Dealy of Boston has 10 passed balls (still the NL record)‚ and P Ed Stemmeyer adds 5 wild pitches as the Red Caps lose to Washington 12-11. Stemmeyer will finish the season with another ML record of 64 wild pitches.
    May 4 Al Atkinson follows up his no-hitter with a 3-1 loss to Brooklyn. Atkinson allows 8 hits.
    May 6 Despite this week's labor unrest and the "discovery" by police of a plot to burn much of Chicago‚ the White Stockings draw 4190 to their home opener against Detroit. They win 5-1.
    May 11 Detroit whitewashes New York‚ 11-0‚ behind the pitching of Charlie Getzien‚ who will win 30 this year. It is the only shutout for a Detroit pitcher not named Lady Baldwin.
    May 12 The St. Louis Maroons hold off the Senators to win‚ 8-7. Washington's Cliff Carroll make the last out trying to score from 2B on a wild pitch.
    May 13 Sam Thompson of Detroit leads the way to a 4-3 win over Boston with a homer‚ 3 RBIs‚ and a key double play.
    May 14 Charles Comiskey of the Browns prevents a double play by running full tilt into Reds 2B Bid McPhee‚ enabling the Browns to win 2-1. The Cincinnati fans are irate‚ but the umpire allows the play. The Browns are gradually making "breaking up the double play" an accepted part of the game.
    May 17 Jim Gifford quits as manager of the Mets and Bob Ferguson is hired as his replacement. The Indians‚ as the team is also called‚ are dead last in the AA at 5-12.
    May 19 After a 7-4 loss to St. Louis (16-10), Brooklyn owner/manager Charles Byrne rescues outfielder Jim Clinton from a mob by forming the players into 2 phalanxes armed with bats and marching Clinton to safety after the game.
    May 23 St. Louis SS Bill Gleason makes 6 errors to give Brooklyn a 13-12 game in 10 innings.
    May 27 Bob Barr makes his debut with Washington‚ stopping Chicago (NL)‚ 7-0‚ and stopping the Senators 12-game losing streak.
    May 28 Chicago notches its most lopsided shut out victory ever‚ a 20-0 whitewash of Washington. Only two of the runs are earned against Cannonball Crane. After the 3rd inning‚ Chicago P Jim McCormick switches positions with RF John Flynn‚ who tosses the last 5 frames.
    May 29 The Athletics try to slow the Browns down by loading the base paths with sand. St. Louis captain Comiskey refuses to play and even helps the grounds crew remove the sand. The Browns win the 2 games, 18-1 and 11-3, with a total of 14 stolen bases.
    May 31 At the Polo Grounds in New York, 7,000 fans watch the a.m. game as New York hands Detroit (20-4) its first loss after 15 straight wins, beating the Wolverines, 6–5 in 10 innings. Monte Ward short flyball in the 10th results in a double when LF Jim Manning and SS Jack Rowe collide in the outfield. Manning breaks his arm on the play. Ward comes around to score with the winning run. The first ML crowd of over 20,000 (20,632) pays to see the afternoon game. The crowd spills onto the field just behind the infield and along each foul line. The game is initially called in the bottom of the first inning and some fans leave thinking there is no game. Finally, mounted police arrive at 5:20 and push the crowd back. The game continues with a ground rule stating that any ball hit into the crowd is a single and baserunners can only move up one base. Detroit garners 6 hits with flyballs into the crowd and wins the contest, 4–1. Lady Baldwin, who played LF for the last inning of game 1, is the winning pitcher.

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    June


    June 2 At the last minute‚ Tony Mullane refuses to pitch against Brooklyn‚ so George Pechiney steps in and pitches the Reds to a 6-2 win.
    June 3 St. Louis teammates Arlie Latham and Doc Bushong stage a fist fight during a game in Baltimore. They are fined $100 each.
    Dave Foutz shuts out Brooklyn and Pittsburgh (AA) coasts to a 19-0 rout. Bill Terry is the loser.
    June 4 Tony Mullane pitches 7 shutout innings‚ then allows 12 runs in the final 2 frames to lose to Brooklyn 12-7‚ fueling suspicions that he is throwing games.
    June 5 Detroit's lefty ace Charles "Lady" Baldwin twirls a 14-inning shutout in Philadelphia. Phillie P Dan Casey loses his own game with a 2-out error in the 14th‚ leading to 3 runs for the Wolverines.
    June 7 Chicago's Tommy Burns apparently drives home the tie-breaking runs with 2 outs in the top of the 9th. Thinking the game is in the bottom of the 9th‚ he heads for the bench (or reached first and then wandered off). When the Giants throw the ball to 1B‚ the ump Connell calls Burns out‚ nullifying the runs. After a loud argument‚ and a scoreless last half of the inning‚ the White Sox settle for a 7-7 tie. This has been cited as a pre-Johnny Ever example of a challenge of the practice of not touching first on a game-winning hit. However‚ the fact that 2 runs scored argues against that conclusion. Sid Farrar‚ in 1889‚ is another example cited as a pre-Evers play.
    June 8 Chicago beats the Giants, 3-2, in the bottom of the 9th on triples by Abner Dalrymple and Mike "King" Kelly.
    June 9 At an AA league meeting in Columbus‚ Browns owner Chris Von der Ahe pays Comiskey's many fines after Comiskey had steadfastly refused to pay them. The AA threatened to bar Comiskey from all games.
    June 10 Having lost his government job because of the afternoons he missed pitching for Washington‚ Bob Barr goes on the road finally and beats the host Athletics in Philadelphia‚ 3-2.
    June 12 At Recreation Park‚ Detroit sets a new ML record by hitting 7 HRs in one game‚ a record that will finally be broken by the Yankees on June 28‚ 1939. St. Louis P Charley Sweeney allows serves up all seven homers, another major league record, while allowing 21 hits. Sweeney is knocked out of the box in the 3rd but St. Louis has no one to pitch so he is forced to stay in the game and take the punishment.Detroit gets 2 homers each from Jack Rowe and Sam Thompson‚ and homers by Bennett‚ Brouthers‚ and Sam Crane. Jerry Denny connects for St. Louis as his team loses‚ 14-7.
    At Philadelphia, the last-place Phils trip Washington, 3-2, behind the pitching of Dan Casey. Off field, Casey is not so lucky as he, George Wood and Charlie Bastian are robbed of gold watches and chains and $370 in cash while they are playing.
    June 14 Chicago rookie Jocko Flynn strikes out 13 Kansas City batters to win 6-1. Flynn will finish the season with a 23-6 mark (several encyclopedias credit him with 24 wins)‚ a league-best .800 winning percentage‚ but will develop arm trouble and never pitch another ML inning. Flynn holds the record for most wins in a pitcher's only season.
    June 16 On Opening Day in the Southern League of Colored Base Ballists‚ the Eclipse of Memphis beats the home Unions of New Orleans 3-1. The SLCBB‚ the first black professional sports league‚ will collapse in August.
    June 17 Despite giving up a home run to Australian-born Joe Quinn‚ Chicago's John Clarkson easily beats St. Louis‚ 11-3. It is the Aussie's first homer. The loss goes to Handsome Henry Boyle.
    June 18 The Cincinnati Enquirer publishes a letter purporting to show that Tony Mullane sold ball games in Philadelphia and Brooklyn to gamblers on the last road trip. After the author of the letter fails to produce any evidence‚ the club exonerates the pitcher.
    June 19 Accompanied by a large contingent of Chicago fans with brooms‚ the White Stockings win their first game in Detroit‚ 5-4.
    June 21 Detroit's Charlie Getzien loses his no-hitter in the 9th but still beats Chicago‚ 4-1‚ dashing the visiting fans' hopes for a sweep.
    June 22 Detroit wins the rubber game of the 3-game series with Chicago 5-4‚ as an irate Captain Anson is fined $110 by umpire John Gaffney‚ a record for one game. Anson's Whites trail the Sluggers by 3 1?2 games.
    June 24 The Brooklyn Grays rout Matt Kilroy in the 3rd inning and beat Baltimore 25-1. The run total and margin still stand as a Dodger franchise record.
    June 26 Black lefthander George Stovey makes his pitching debut with Jersey City of the Eastern League after being purchased from the Cuban Giants‚ the pioneer all-black touring team.
    Dave Foutz fans 11‚ allows 4 hits‚ and triples and scores in the 10th inning to beat Cincinnati‚ 1-0. The win keeps St. Louis 3 games ahead of Brooklyn in the AA race.
    June 29 Sid Farrar's grand slam gives the Phillies a 4-2 decision over the Whites.

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    July


    July 1 Jim McCormick raises his record for the season to 16-0‚ pitching Chicago to a 7-3 victory over New York.
    July 3 Jim McCormick loses his first game of the season as Mickey Welch and the Giants win‚ 7-3. The sore hands of C Mike Kelly and 5 hits by Monte Ward are the key factors.
    Behind the pitching of Amos Alonzo Stagg‚ who will make his mark as a football coach‚ Yale beats Harvard in the deciding game of the college championship.
    July 5 Pittsburgh's (AA) Fred Carroll gets a record 9 hits in a doubleheader.
    Louisville slugger Pete Browning is suspended after his stumbling‚ erratic play in today's game. The Colonels are mired in 5th place‚ 11 games behind the Browns.
    July 7 Today's issue of Sporting Life shows 5 pitchers in the top 7 spots on the AA batting-average list. Dave FoutzBob Caruthers‚ and Guy Hecker play enough at other positions to be contenders for the batting title.
    July 8 Little used Browns pitcher George McGinnis shuts out Baltimore‚ 10-0. His reward? He's sold to the Orioles a few hours later.
    July 9 John start plays his last NL game. The 43-year-old first baseman began his career around 1860‚ long before the NL was even dreamed of.
    July 11 During the 2nd Sunday game played in Cincinnati after owner Louis Hauck dropped his objections‚ a riot breaks out. Umpire George Bradley is hit by a beer mug hurled from the rowdy Cincinnati crowd and retreats to the directors' room in the 6th inning. He returns to complete the game. The Reds lose to the Grays 11-7. The incident strengthens the position of many religious and political leaders that Sunday baseball attracts mostly "hoodlums" and "foreigners" and should therefore be banned. While this advice is followed in most ML cities‚ Sunday baseball in the Queen City continues and proves to be extremely popular with all "classes" of people.
    July 12 Ed Daily is carried off the field on the shoulders of Philadelphia (NL) fans after saving the game with his relief pitching and winning it with 2 triples and a double. Philadelphia wins‚ 7-6‚ over New York.
    July 13 After Cap Anson of Chicago is quoted in a St. Louis newspaper saying that the Browns would "come in something like 5th or 6th" in the NL‚ two Browns bring $200 to the White Stockings hotel and challenge Anson to put his money where his mouth is. No bets are made‚ but the stage is set for a bitterly contested series in the fall.
    July 16 At St. Louis, Detroit’s Sam Crane umpires when the regular ump fails to appear. Not surprisingly, his Detroit team wins, 7-3. It is the third game in a row that Crane has umped: he did the previous two games in Kansas City.
    July 17 The elegant new club house is opened at the Mets' Staten Island park. However‚ owner Wiman's amusement park is becoming more profitable for theatrical events than for baseball.
    July 20 Cap AnsonJimmy Ryan and Abner Dalrymple homer in the 3rd as Chicago trounces St. Louis 20-4 at West Side Park.
    July 21 After pitching well for 10 innings‚ Detroit P Charlie "Pretzel" Getzien becomes disgusted with his support and gives up 10 runs to Kansas City in the 11th inning and loses‚ 12-2. Manager William Watkins is disgusted as well and fines Pretzel $100-$10 for each run-and CF Ned Hanlon $25 for their poor play.
    July 22 The news leaks out that Chicago owner Spalding has hired detectives to shadow the White Stocking players and report on their drinking habits. Seven players are fined $25 each‚ but many have bonus clauses above the $2000 salary limit that are contingent on their sober conduct‚ so it may cost them much more.
    July 24 Bill "Adonis" Terry no-hits St. Louis as Brooklyn wins 1-0. Terry walks 2 men‚ and 3 others reach base on errors.
    July 25 Bill Terry follows yesterday's no-hitter with a complete game winner‚ beating Pittsburgh‚ 6-3. He gives up 10 hits.
    July 27 The Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players announces its existence. There are chapters in most NL cities.
    July 28 St. Louis P Dave Foutz holds Baltimore to one hit and wins‚ 6-0.
    July 29 For the second day in a row‚ Baltimore is held to one hit in a 6-0 loss. Today it is Louisville's Tom "Toad" Ramsey doing the pitching and giving up a 1st inning single to leadoff hitter Pat O'Connell. The Orioles are the 2nd of 10 teams in history to get 2 hits in 2 games. Some accounts report this as a no-hitter: Reichler quotes the July 30 Baltimore Sun that "Ramsey‚ the great left-handed pitcher of the Louisville Club‚ had the Baltimore team completely at his mercy yesterday at the Huntingdon Avenue grounds. Not a single safe hit was scored against him during the game." The Louisville Courier also reports that "the official scorer of Baltimore did not give the home team a single hit."
    July 30 Incensed by yesterday's insults from Giants' captain Ward‚ ump John Gaffney demands an apology before consenting to work today's game. When Ward refuses‚ Gaffney leaves the grounds. Pittsburgh P Jim Galvin is drafted out of the stands and pressed into service. He does a good job as the Giants edge the St. Louis Maroons‚ 2-1‚ in 10 innings.
    July 31 Tom Ramsey pitches a 13-inning 16-strikeout one-hitter-a double by Fulmer-to beat Baltimore 2-1. It is Ramsey's 2nd consecutive one-hitter in 3 days‚ and the 3rd time in 4 games that the Orioles have gotten only one hit. Matt Kilroy is the Baltimore pitcher.

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    August


    August 3 The Giants complete a 3-game sweep of the White Stockings in New York with a thrilling 7-6 decision‚ winning on Pete Gillespie's triple in the bottom of the 9th.
    August 5 Having "dried out" at West Baden Springs‚ Pete Browning rejoins Louisville's lineup. The Colonels climbed from 5th to 2nd place in Pete's absence but still trail St. Louis by 9 games.
    August 6 Claiming that they were robbed of a win by ump Joe Ellick‚ the Giants lose to the Cowboys‚ 4-3.
    August 7 Washington loses its 12th consecutive game‚ their 4th losing streak of 10 of more games this season. Fed up‚ manager Mike Scanlon announces that he will retire as soon as a replacement can be found.
    August 8 Rumors of the imminent demise of the St. Louis Maroons abound after star 2B Fred Dunlap is sold to Detroit for $4‚700.
    August 9 Tom "Toad" Ramsey ties the AA record by striking out 17 batters in a 9-inning game as he whips the Metropolitans‚ 6-0. [Louisville teammate Guy Hecker fanned 17 in a losing effort on August 26‚ 1884‚ and Ramsey will match his mark next year.] Mets 1B Davey Orr is undaunted by Toad's drop ball and goes 4-for-4.
    August 12 Guy Hecker allows 16 hits and 11 runs and goes 4-for-5 as Louisville wins a 27-11 slugfest against Brooklyn. There is scoring in 13 of the 14 half innings before the game is called to allow the Grays to catch a train.
    August 14 Chicago's John Clarkson beats St. Louis for his 17th straight win against them‚ a club record and 19th century ML record that will not be topped. The 20th C record is 16 straight wins over an opponent. Clarkson fans 16.
    August 15 He should sue for non-support: For the second time in two months‚ Brooklyn (AA) pitcher Bill Terry is on the short end of a shutout pasting‚ as Pittsburgh's Ed Morris wins‚ 18-0.
    Louisville's (AA) Guy Hecker scores 7 runs in a game‚ establishing a ML record. In addition‚ he hits 3 HRs‚ all inside-the-park‚ to set a ML record‚ tied in 1897 by Tom McCreery. He also collects 6 hits‚ off Richard Conway‚ to give him 17 in his last 4 games‚ also a ML record that will be tied but never topped. His 15 total bases is a ML record that will be tied next month and topped in 1894. Hecker also rounds out the day by twirling a 4-hitter to beat Baltimore‚ 22-5.
    August 16 Bob Caruthers becomes the first pitcher to make 4 extra-base hits in a game‚ but he allows 10 runs in the 8th inning and loses 11-9. Having hit a double and 2 HRs earlier‚ Caruthers ends the game tagged out at home trying for a 3rd. The defeat ends the Browns' 11-game winning streak.
    August 18 St. Louis Maroon owner Henry Lucas quits baseball‚ announcing that the club has cost him $27‚000 in 3 years. The franchise seems to be on the brink of dissolution but will finish the season.
    Chicago's John Clarkson sets a franchise record by whiffing 16 batters in a 7-1 win over Kansas City. Clarkson will strike out 340 batters this season.
    August 19 NL umpire John Gaffney agrees to take over as manager of Washington.
    August 20 Matt Kilroy of the Orioles and Joe Miller of the Athletics hurl opposing one-hitters. Baltimore wins 1-0 on first-inning errors‚ but doesn't get a hit until the 9th. There will be 4 other opposing one-hitters in the next 100 years‚ all 1-0 games: Mordecai Brown over Lefty Leifield on July 4‚ 1906; Bob Cain over Bob Feller on April 23‚ 1952; Jack Harshman over Connie Johnson on June 21‚ 1956; and Frank Bertaina over Bob Meyer on September 12‚ 1964.
    August 22 Dog helps chicken. It is the dog days of summer as Ab Powell‚ of the Reds reaches the ball on a long hit by Chicken Wolf‚ his pants are grabbed by a stray dog sleeping by the fence. The altercation prevents Powell from throwing the ball in and Wolf circles the bases with the inside-the-park home run that wins the game for Louisville 5-3 in 11 innings.
    August 23 Chicago's John Clarkson hands Detroit its only shutout loss of the year‚ 4-0‚ although the Wolverines win the series‚ 2-1‚ to build their lead over the White Stockings to 1 1/2 games. A controversial call in the 8th deprives Clarkson of a no-hitter today.
    August 24 Cap Anson scores 6 runs as Chicago trounces Boston 18-6 at West Side Park. Cap has 2 homers‚ a double and 2 singles.
    In a rematch of the double one-hitter‚ Miller allows 4 hits and wins 3-0 over Matt Kilroy‚ who allows only 2 hits. Kilroy fans 16 Athletics‚ his high in a season in which he will set the all-time record with 513 strikeouts. He fans leadoff Wilbert Robinson 3 times.
    August 26 The Philadelphia Phillies edge Detroit‚ 11-10‚ to drop the Wolverines out of first place.
    The Chicago White Stockings take over first place‚ beating Boston‚ 10-4‚ behind the pitching of Clarkson. Ned Williamson and Mike Kelly homer for the Whites. Chicago's percentage is now a lofty .727‚ while Detroit's is .717.
    August 27 Chicago rolls by Philadelphia‚ 13-1‚ behind Jocko Flynn. Jocko helps himself with a home run.
    Detroit drops further back of Chicago when it loses‚ 7-3‚ to Boston. Backing the demands of his captain Ned Hanlon‚ Detroit manager William Watkins fines P Charlie Getzien $300 for insubordination.
    August 28 Phillie C Deacon McGuire returns to action after suffering a broken finger and commits 8 passed balls. Manager Harry Wright and captain Art Irwin get into a loud argument over replacing McGuire‚ and the demoralized Phils lose to Chicago‚ 13-8.
    August 29 The first usage of the word Charley horse appears in the Atlanta Constitution (as noted by philologist Sam Clements): "Sullivan‚ of Charleston has a Charley Horse in his head." Barry Popik notes the usage appears in a September 29‚ 1886 issue of Sporting Life: Joe Quinn is troubled with a Charley-horse." William Safire (NYT December 6‚ 2003) notes that H.L. Mencken in The American Language supplement II writes that Baltimore Oriole lefty Charley Esper was so called "because he walked like a lame horse."

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    September


    September 1 Ed "Cannonball" Crane walks 14 and adds 5 wild pitches and an error in a 15-2 loss to Chicago. Formerly an OF‚ Crane has just been pressed into service as a pitcher for the last-place Statesmen. He'll emerge as a regular starter for the Giants.
    September 2 Thanks to a 2-out triple in the bottom of the 9th by Anson‚ Chicago beats Washington‚ 5-4‚ for its 9th win in a row.
    September 5 Dave Foutz is pitching for St. Louis with Pete Browning on first base. Charlie Comiskey‚ playing deep behind 1B as Browning takes a long lead‚ distracts the runner with small talk. Foutz suddenly runs from the pitcher's box and tags Browning out‚ the first instance of a pitcher picking off a runner unassisted.
    September 7 The Whites rally from an 8-2 deficit to beat the Giants‚ 13-11‚ and maintain a 2 1/2 game lead over the Wolverines. New York is 11 back.
    September 8 Every Chicago player gets at least one hit in each game as Chicago wins a pair from New York. Chicago has now won 12 in a row.
    September 9 In the first of a 3-game series in Chicago‚ Detroit‚ batting last‚ beats the White Stockings‚ 8-3‚ ending the Whites' 12-game win streak. Hardy Richardson has 3 triples.
    September 10 Dan Brouthers hits 3 HRs‚ a double‚ and a single to tie set a NL mark with 15 total bases‚ (Hecker had 15 last month in the AA) but his Detroit team loses to Chicago‚ 14-8. Chicago wins the 3rd game with Detroit‚ 14-4‚ to keep a 4-game lead over the Wolverines.
    September 11 Connie Mack makes his ML debut with Washington‚ catching flawlessly and contributing a single as the Senators beat the Phillies 4-3. Washington had purchased Mack and 4 other players from Hartford (Eastern L). Ernest Lanigan‚ in his 1922 Cyclopedia‚ cites September 16 as Mack's debut date.
    September 14 Ump Mike Walsh is assaulted by some young fans after a game in Brooklyn‚ but he escapes serious injury. This has been a tough year for umpires‚ with only Honest John Kelly still left of the original 4 umps hired by the AA for the season.
    September 16 Big Dave Orr hits a drive so far into CF that even he is able to get a HR on it‚ beating the Browns‚ 2-1 in the 9th.
    September 17 St. Louis loses another game because of a 9th inning HR‚ this one a drive over the RF fence in Baltimore by Jim Davis.
    September 18 Chicago beats Kansas City and Jim Whitney‚ the 13th straight defeat for the pitcher at the hands of Chicago. It is a since-topped ML record‚ but it will stand as a Chicago record vs. a pitcher: the Dodgers Don Sutton will match Whitney's record against the Cubs in the 1960s.
    September 20 Chicago tops Detroit‚ 7-3‚ in the first game of the final series between the 2 contenders.
    September 22 Chicago wins their 2nd in a row from Detroit‚ 6-3‚ in 6 innings. Detroit scores once in the 7th and Chicago 3 times‚ but the inning is not completed‚ so the score reverts to the final completed inning.
    September 23 Detroit salvages the final game of the series‚ 6-2‚ but Chicago leaves town with a 5 1/2 game lead and 14 games to play.
    Pittsburgh's Pud Galvin walks the first 3 Brooklyn batters and then picks each one off first base.
    September 24 Eyeing a switch from the AA to the NL‚ Pittsburgh hosts Chicago for an exhibition game‚ which the Alleghenies win‚ 10-3. The team will reportedly clear $160‚000 for the season‚ a huge profit.
    September 25 Browns owner Von der Ahe begins negotiations for a World Championship Series by issuing a challenge to White Stockings owner Spalding.
    September 28 In Philadelphia‚ ump Chick Fulmer is carried off the field on the shoulders of fans after he successfully foils Chicago's attempts to delay for darkness after the Phillies take a lead in the 8th inning. The Phillies will sweep 4 in a row from the league leaders‚ allowing Detroit to close within 3 games.
    Washington's Shadow Gilmore strikes out 16 St. Louis (NL) batters but still loses‚ 5-2. Battterymate Connie Mack has 2 hits.
    September 29 St. Louis loses by forfeit to Washington after they lose a 7th inning dispute about the ball-and-strike count. They walk off the field and a forfeit is called.
    September 30 Spalding accepts Von der Ahe's challenge for a "World Series" and proposes a best-of-9 series with the winning club getting the total gross gate receipts. St. Louis will accept the winner-take-all provision‚ but the series will be best-of-7.

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    October


    October 4 After a contract dispute is settled in court‚ John "Phenomenal" Smith pitches Detroit to a 4-3 victory in Washington. Detroit had purchased Smith's contract from the Newark club‚ but Smith had personally signed with New York. The Giants had obtained an injunction barring Smith from pitching for Detroit‚ but the judge today dissolved the ban.
    October 6 After 3 one-hitters and 4 two-hitters earlier in the season‚ Matt Kilroy finally gets a no-hitter‚ beating Pittsburgh 6-0. Pitching for last-place Baltimore‚ Kilroy's won-lost record is a respectable 29-32.
    October 7 Chicago wins 8-4 over Boston‚ while Detroit ties‚ giving the White Stockings a 2-game lead with 2 to play. Detroit has 3 games to play and has arranged to play an extra makeup game as well.
    October 8 Lady Baldwin of Detroit beats Philadelphia 11-0 in 8 innings for his 42nd win of the season‚ an all-time record for a lefthanded pitcher. Eight of those wins‚ including a ML record 5 shutouts‚ have come against the Phillies‚ who have not been shut out by any other pitcher this season.
    Pittsburgh's Ed Morris beats the Mets 9-0 for his 12th shutout of the season‚ establishing an all-time record for a lefthander. Morris will finish the season with a 41-20 won-lost record.
    Matt Kilroy follows up his no-hitter by giving up 10 runs in 4 innings to the Reds. Cincinnati wins‚ 14-8.
    October 9 Chicago clinches the pennant by beating Boston 12-3 on the final day of the season in a game called after 7 innings because of darkness. Meanwhile Detroit loses 2 games to Charley Ferguson and the Phillies‚ 5-1 and 6-1‚ the 2nd game called after 6 innings. Ferguson notches his 29th and 30th wins‚ and tops the NL with a 1.98 ERA.
    October 11 The NL season ends with one last game between Kansas City and Washington. Despite the disparity in team strength‚ the year has been a profitable one with New York‚ Chicago‚ Boston‚ Detroit‚ and Philadelphia all setting club attendance records.
    October 14 Aaron Stern buys the Cincinnati Reds back from Louis Huack. He had sold the club to Hauck in January.
    October 15 The AA season ends with 2 games in Philadelphia. Harry Stovey hits a HR to give him at least a share of the Association leadership for the 4th consecutive season.
    October 17 The Giants play their first Sunday game ever‚ an exhibition match against the Mets at Ridgewood‚ Queens.
    October 18 The World Championship Series opens in Chicago‚ with the White Stockings beating the Browns 6-0 behind John Clarkson's 5-hitter.
    October 19 The Browns win the 2nd game in a 12-0 romp‚ only 8 innings being played. Bob Caruthers pitches a one-hitter‚ and Tip O'Neill hits 2 HRs.
    October 20 Chicago being his home town‚ Caruthers asks to pitch again. He walks 4 men in the first inning and loses 11-4 in an 8-inning game.
    October 21 The Series shifts to St. Louis‚ where the Browns even things with an 8-5 victory in 7 innings. Bill Gleason stars with two 2-run singles.
    October 22 With Jim McCormick and Jocko Flynn lame and John Clarkson tired‚ Chicago tries to use a minor league recruit in the pitcher's box‚ only to be refused by the Browns. SS Ned Williamson and RF Jimmy Ryan pitch for the Whites. The Browns win easily 10-3 to take a 3-to-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.
    October 23 The St. Louis Browns win the World Championship by beating Chicago 4-3 in 10 innings. Pitching his 4th game in 6 days‚ Clarkson holds St. Louis hitless for 6 innings as Chicago builds a 3-0 lead. The Browns tie the game in the 8th‚ and Curt Welch scores the "$15‚000" run on a wild pitch in the 10th. St. Louis wins the entire gate receipts from the series ($13‚920)‚ with each of 12 players getting about $580.
    October 28 Bowing to public opinion‚ the Athletics hire a non-playing manager (Frank Bancroft) for the first time. Previously‚ the 3 owners‚ Billy Sharsig‚ Lew Simmons‚ and Charlie Mason‚ had divided the managerial tasks among themselves.

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    November


    November 6 The Sporting News publishes the official NL averages‚ which show King Kelly as the batting champ with a .388 average‚ 17 points ahead of Cap Anson. The paper previously had printed its own stats showing Anson ahead‚ .374 to .366. Also noted in TSN (by Bill Deane) that "Dundon‚ the deaf and dumb pitcher of the Acid Iron Earths‚ umpired a game at Mobile between the Acids and Mobiles‚ on October 20. . . . He used the fingers of his right hand to indicate strikes‚ the fingers of the left to call balls‚ a shake of the head decided a man 'not out‚' and a wave of the hand meant out.'" The October 30‚ 1886 issue of the New York Clipper concurred with the description‚ saying "Dundon‚ the deaf-mute pitcher‚umpired a game in Mobile‚ Ala.‚ and gave entire satisfaction."
    November 11 The Executive Council of the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players‚ formed the previous year‚ meets and chooses officers. John Montgomery Ward is re-elected president‚ Dan Brouthers vice president‚ and Tim Keefe secretary-treasurer.
    November 13 The official AA batting averages show Dave Orr (.346) edging Bob Caruthers and Guy Hecker‚ both at .342.
    November 15 Cincinnati and St. Louis complete the first trade ever of reserved players‚ the Browns sending Hugh Nicol to the Reds for Jack Boyle and $400.
    November 16 The AA and NL Joint Rules Committee announces the new rules code‚ which includes the following changes‚ among others:
    4 strikes for an out;
    5 balls for a walk;
    the batter's right to call for a "high ball" or a "low ball" is abolished.
    A standardized strike zone from the knees to the shoulders is established;
    Restricting the pitcher to just one forward step in making his delivery (the old rules had no restrictions);
    Restricting the pitcher to start with one foot on the back line of the box;
    the box is cut down from 4' x 7' to 4' x 5 1/2' thereby establishing a 55 1/2-foot pitching distance.
    any intentional foul ball is a strike;
    the catcher can no longer purposely drop a 4th strike to force the runners to run into a DP.
    the bat may be flat on one side (to aid bunting).
    Several AA rules are adopted for joint play‚ including giving the home team a choice of first or last ups‚ giving the batter first base on a HPB‚ and restricting the coaches to coaching boxes.
    November 18 The NL meets and admits Pittsburgh‚ which had been looking to leave the AA since last spring.
    November 19 The NL adopts a straight guarantee system for paying visiting teams. Detroit‚ which wants a percentage system‚ threatens to leave the NL and join the AA. The NL will back down and allow the Wolverines a percentage.
    November 22 The AA admits Cleveland to membership to fill the vacancy caused by Pittsburgh's defection.
    November 26 Having sold George Gore to New York 3 days earlier‚ Chicago sends Abner Dalrymple to Pittsburgh. Both outfielders were among those who did not receive bonuses because of drinking during the season. Albert Spalding is apparently willing to break up his championship team to enforce temperance.

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    December


    December 4 The St. Louis Maroons trade 1B Alex McKinnon to Pittsburgh for 1B Otto Shomberg and $400.
    December 15 The AA meets and ratifies the new rules. It also approves the new clause that allows a club to reserve a player for as long as it wants‚ not just for next year's contract.
    December 23 The Cleveland club hires Pete Hotaling‚ manager of Savannah last year‚ as captain of the new AA team. The club has already secured a large park site on E. 39th street‚ well removed from downtown.

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