Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The Padres trade C Doug Mirabelli back to the Red Sox for C Josh Bard, minor league P Cla Meredith, a 23-year-old reliever, and cash. Bard was leading the AL in passed balls and the Sox hurriedly put Mirabelli in the lineup to catch Tim Wakefield. Mirabelli has a police escort to Fenway and changed uniforms in the cab. With Mirabelli catching, Wakefield goes 7 innings and leaves with the game tied 3 apiece against the Yankees. David Ortiz clubs a 3-run HR in the 8th and the Sox win, 7–3.
The Angels edge the Twins 2-1 with HRs by Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Molina accounting for their only 2 hits. The loss goes to Johan Santana ending Santana's 17-game winning streak (over 2 seasons).
Baseball players agree to a two-year experiment to give home-field advantage in the WS to the league that wins the All-Star Game. The two sides also agree to increase the roster size from 30 to 32 and to give players managers and coaches a say on who makes the team.
The Orioles sweep a doubleheader from the Tigers winning by scores of 5-2 and 6-4 to drop Detroit's record to 3-23. In the 1st game BJ Ryan earns the win in relief without throwing a single pitch. After relieving Pat Hentgen with two outs in the 7th he picks Omar Infante off first base to end the inning. The Orioles go on to score 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning to make him the pitcher of record on the winning side. He is relieved by Buddy Groom for the 8th and Jorge Julio in the 9th. In the 2nd game Detroit P Mike Maroth hurls 7 innings of hitless ball before giving up a leadoff single to Jay Gibbons in the 8th. Maroth eventually takes the loss dropping his record to 0-7. He misses by one day from becoming the 1st pitcher in history to lose 7 games in April.
The Padres defeat the Cubs 4-3 with Trevor Hoffman saving the game for Bobby Jones. It is Hoffman's 321st save for SD a ML record for most with one team. Oakland's Dennis Eckersley held the old mark.
Detroit hurler Brian Moehler is ejected in the 7th inning for having a piece of sandpaper on his thumb against the Devil Rays. Two batters later Randy Winn's sacrifice fly gives Tampa Bay the 4-3 win for Bobby Witt. Moehler will receive a 10-game suspension for his actions. Roberto Hernandez gets the save for the Devil Rays. It is the 200th of his career making him the 1st Latin pitcher to reach the mark.
The Brewers signed P Hideo Nomo. Nomo will make 1 start for the Brewers Double-A team which will be on Sunday and then he'll join the team.
Tom Schieffer resigned as the President of the Rangers in order to spend more time developing real estate around the Ballpark in Arlington. Schieffer also says he may help Texas Gov. George W. Bush run for the White House.
The Yanks and Orioles continue their marathon play this one going 5 hours and 43 minutes before ending at 1 a.m. Tino Martinez whose homer snapped yesterday's tie slugs a grand slam in the 15th to give reliever Andy Pettitte the win. Bernie Williams has 5 hits while Gerald Williams collects 6-just the 2nd Yankee to get 6 in a game; Myril Hoag in 1934 is the other. The O's and Yankees strand 15 runners in extra innings as both teams squander scoring opportunities and New York survives 4 errors by two second basemen. Jim Mecir strikes out Brady Anderson with the bases loaded in the 10th after going to a 3-0 count. Cal Ripken is lifted for a pinch runner in the 8th-who is promptly picked off-and sits for the last 7 innings the longest stretch he's rested in 2180 games.
The Mets and Expos swap shutouts with Pedro Martinez topping New York in the opener 4-0 and Jason Isringhausen allowing 4 hits in winning the nightcap 6-0. Martinez. 8-0 against the Mets allows just 2 singles both in the 7th inning. Henry Rodriguez who hits a 3-run homer after apparently peeking at Mets C Todd Hundley glove says "I've got 10 homers I don't need to look back."
The owners and umpires reach agreement on a 5-year contract ending the lockout. Regular umpires will return to work on May 3.
Oakland OF Rickey Henderson steals the 1000th base of his career in the 1st inning of the A's 7-6 win over Detroit. Mark McGwire adds a homer and Mike Parrett (4-0) picks up the win when the A's score a run in the 8th.
Seattle's Randy Johnson hands out 10 walks in just 4 1/3 innings in a 15-1 swamping by the Orioles. The Big Unit allows 8 earned runs. Mike Devereaux has a pair of homers one a grand slam and drives in 6 runs. 6' 7" McDonald (3-0) pitches the complete-game win.
44-year-old Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan hurls the record 7th no-hitter of his amazing career defeating the Toronto Blue Jays on Arlington Appreciation Night by a score of 3-0. Ryan strikes out 16 batters in the process marking the 209th time he has fanned 10 or more in a game and the 26th time putting 15 or more down on strikes.
The Brewers defeat the White Sox in a 6-hour 5-minute 19-inning contest the longest in the AL since the same two clubs played 25 innings on May 8 1984. Oddly enough Willie Randolph who drove home the winning run in the 19th had been the last out in Nolan Ryan's 6th no-hitter.
Oakland's Rickey Henderson garners his 939th career stolen base in the 4th inning of a game against the Yankees to break Lou Brock's all-time mark. With Brock standing next to him Henderson modestly proclaims "Lou Brock was certainly a great basestealer but today I'm the greatest of all time." In another curious tie-in with Nolan Ryan Henderson had been the victim of Ryan's 5000th career strikeout.
Dodger OF Darryl Strawberry ties an NL record by striking out 5 times in a game against the Expos. "I really can't figure it out" he says "because I feel so good up there." Strawberry also drops a fly ball for a 3-base error in the 9-3 loss.
Free-agents Ron Guidry (Yankees) Rich Gedman (Red Sox) Bob Boone (Angels) and Tim Raines (Expos) all re-sign with their former clubs on the first day that they are allowed to do so. Doyle Alexander will re-sign with the Braves on May 5th.
Zane Smith strikes out 12 batters as the Braves beat the Mets 7-2 ending New York's club-record-tying 11-game winning streak.
Frank White's 4th-inning sacrifice ?y off Steve Comer ends the Rangers' consecutive-scoreless-inning streak at 39 and Kansas City goes on to a 4-0 win. Texas pitchers had tossed 4 consecutive shutouts one shy of the AL record.
Pittsburgh's Bill "Mad Dog" Madlock is fined $5000 and suspended 15 games by NL president Chub Feeney for poking umpire Jerry Crawford in the face with his glove after being called out on strikes with the bases loaded. Madlock appeals and remains in uniform but finally withdraws the appeal and begins serving the suspension on June 6th after disgruntled NL umpires threaten to eject him from every game he tries to play in.
Phil Niekro earns his 200th career win as the Braves beat the Pirates 5-2. Gary Mathews hits 2 homers including an IPHR to break a 2-2 tie in the 9th. The event is saddened by the collapse of Atlanta's popular GM Bill Lucas who will pass away tomorrow.
Hank Aaron goes 4-for-4 driving in 2 runs in the Brewers 17-3 win over Detroit. This brings his career RBI total to 2211 breaking Babe Ruth's published record of 2209. His third inning single off Vern Ruhle drives in Lezcano with his 2210th RBI. On February 3 1976 the Records Committee will revise Ruth's total to 2204; so in actuality Aaron set the record on April 18 1975.
Dock Ellis of the Pirates hits 3 consecutive batters with pitches in the first inning setting a ML record and walks another in the frame before being lifted. Dock later reveals that he was high on pep pills at the time. The Bucs lose 5-3 to the Reds.
With 2 outs in the 9th inning and Chris Speier on 1B the Giants trailing 8-1 score an NL-record tying 7 times to beat the Pirates 8-7. Chris Arnold's pinch grand slam is the big blow along with Bobby Bonds' bases-loaded double.
Brewers starter Bill Parsons walks the first three A's batters and is lifted for Jim Colburn who pitches a complete game 4-3 win. Johnny Briggs drives in all the Milwaukee runs including a home run in the 9th inning off Blue Moon Odom (0-5) to win it.
Jim Wynn hits a grand slam and Edward hits a 3-run homer to help the Astros edge the Pirates 9-8. Both homers come off Steve Blass. Jim "Sting" Ray who pitches the last 2 innings wins his 4th straight.
Against the Red Sox starter Minnesota Jim Perry serves up home run balls to the first two batters Luis Aparicio and Reggie Smith. This hasn't happened in the AL since 1962 when Perry was on the mound for Cleveland against the Twins. Perry shakes off his start to win 7-3 collecting 3 hits and scoring 3 runs himself.
At Cincinnati the Reds lead the Pirates 6-4 with 2 outs in the 9th and Willie Stargell comes to the plate. Sparky Anderson then moves pitcher Wayne Granger to LF not wanting to remove him if Stargell reaches base and brings in Don Gullett to face the Bucs slugger. Stargell who accounted for all the Bucs runs with a grand slam strikes out and the Reds win 6-4.
Houston no-hit the day before by Cincinnati answers back as Don Wilson pitches a 4-0 no-hitter with 13 strikeouts over the Reds. Houston ties an NL record with just one assist. In Wilson's previous start against Cincinnati on April 22 he gave up 6 runs in 5 innings in a 14-0 loss.
Sudden Sam McDowell of Cleveland strikes out 16 batters and defeats Oakland 3-1.
In his 2nd start Sam McDowell has to settle for a one-hitter. Don Buford's 3rd-inning double is Chicago's only hit in Cleveland's 1-0 win. McDowell becomes the first pitcher since Whitey Ford (September 1955) to pitch back-to-back one-hitters.
In the 1st of two games today the Angels and Red Sox combine for 9 DPs setting an AL record and tying the ML. Boston and the Twins will match it for a regulation game in 1990. California wins 6-1 then loses the nitecap 9-1.
The Orioles set a club record with their 10th straight win beating Detroit 4-1.
Dodgers LF Tommy Davis suffers a fractured ankle sliding into 2nd base in a 4-2 win over the visiting Giants. Davis will not reappear until October 3rd.
In a 9-8 loss at Detroit Boston's Chuck Schilling ties a ML record with his 2nd straight pinch-hit HR in back-to-back games. But Boston loses both.
The visiting Cubs make it look easy scoring 10 runs in the first inning to shoot down the Colt 45s 11-3. Billy Williams has a grand slam and a single for 5 RBIs (a club record) in the big inning and adds a run-scoring double in the 8th to lead Chicago.
At LA Camilli singles in a run in the bottom of the 16th to give the Dodgers a 6-5 win over the Cubs. Both teams score 2 in the 15th with Jim Gilliam making the 3rd out on an attempted steal of home.
The Yankees use three pitchers-Bill Stafford Roland Sheldon and Marshall Bridges-to beat the White Sox 6-1 on a combined two hitter. Chicago's first hit doesn't come until the 9th inning when Nellie Fox hits a lead off base hit.
The Pirates behind Vern Law's pitching win their 9th game in a row 13-2 against the Reds at Cincinnati.
Orioles vet Skinny Brown hurls Baltimore to a 4-1 win over the Yankees. Browns allows just one hit a first inning homer by Mantle. Rookie Ron Hansen matches Mantle to up his RBI total to an AL high 32.
White Sox pitcher Early Wynn, 39, tosses a one-hitter for a 1–0 victory over Boston. He fans 14 and belts a homer in the inning for the only run off Tom Brewer. Outfielder Bill Renna gets his glove on Wynn’s fly ball but it deflects into the stands. Wynn last hit a homer at Comiskey Park on June 3, 1944.
Harmon Killebrew's 10th inning HR the 2nd of the game for the third sacker gives Washington a 4-3 win over the woeful Tigers (2-14). Jim Bunning and Camilo Pascual each go the rout. Bunning is done in by errors by Yost and Bridges in the 8th though Yost hits a double and HR against his old team.
The ML executive council approves the Players Association proposal for 2 All-Star Games each year.
The Washington Senators start a baseball lecture series for women.
In a masterful performance Bob Feller one-hits the Red Sox 2-0 with Sammy White's single in the 7th spoiling his bid for a no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader. It is his ML-record 12th one-hitter. In the nightcap Cleveland's Herb Score fans 16 Boston hitters in a 2-1 win missing Bob Feller's strikeout record by 2. Score fans 9 of the first 12 batters and 12 through the first 5 frames.
In the Giants 2-1 win over the Reds the 2 teams toil 16 innings combining for a record-tying 10 double plays. The only other time 10 were turned was 30 years ago when the Reds and Braves made 10 DPs in 12 innings. An alert Don Mueller start the rally in the 16th when the Reds are trying to intentionally walk him. He hits an outside 4th-ball pitch for a pop single sending Lockman to 3B. Johnny Antonelli pitches all 16 innings for the win.
Felipe Montemayor must've had the right breakfast today as the Pirate hits a 2-run HR in each game of a DH with the Cards. They are the only two homers of his career. The Cards take the opener 4-3 and the Bucs are victorious in the nightcap 7-0 behind Ron Kline.
The Pirates defeat the Reds 8-3 for their 3rd win in a row their longest win streak since August 24-26 1951. Bonus baby Paul Pettit is the winner in his first ML start with relief help. It'll prove to be his only ML win. Pete Castiglione has 2 HRs and a single.
The U.S. Court of Appeals denies the $450000 suit of former pitcher Boyd Tepler made in 1951 against organized baseball the Cubs and William Wrigley for an arm injury suffered in 1944. He had contended that negligent coaching in effect ended his career prematurely.
With one out in the 8th inning the A's Skeeter Kell beats out an infield hit to break up Joe Dobson's no hitter. The A's Dave Philley adds a solid single in the 9th as Dobson and the White Sox win 3-0.
The Yankees' new phenom Mickey Mantle connects for his first ML HR off Randy Gumpert of the White Sox. Minnie Minoso becomes the first black to play for the White Sox. He plays 3B and facing Vic Raschi in his first ML at bat rips a HR to CF. The Yankees win 8-3 with Mantle collecting 3 RBIs.
At the Polo Grounds the Giants collect 5 hits-3 by Alvin Dark-to beat the Cubs 5-3. Dark's big hit is a grand slam in the 6th. He also starts a nifty DP in the 7th when with 2 on and no out Terwilliger lines of Jim Hearn's ankle and the carom is fielded by Dark. With Chicago in the field in the 4th Umpire Frank Dascoli banished the entire bench of Cubs players (11 of them) to the clubhouse apparently for calling him "Rabbit Ears." Later two of the players Bill Serena and Smoky Burgess were recalled for pinch hitting duties.
The A's (2-12) score a record 8 runs in the 11th inning to beat Detroit 9-1 and end their 10-game losing streak. Dave Philley in his 1st day as an Athletic hits a bunt single and triple in the big frame. Lou Limmer's bases loaded triple off Gene Bearden starts the scoring.
University of New Mexico pitchers walk 21 Arizona batters in college baseball.
Elmer Valo is the first AL player to hit 2 bases-loaded triples in a game when he leads the A's to a 15-9 win in the first of two against the Senators. Valo will have a 3rd bases-loaded triple during the season to tie the AL mark of Shano Collins in 1918. The A's take game 2 7-3 called after 7 innings.
For the first time Cleveland will play all its games at Municipal Stadium abandoning League Park where most weekday games have been played. New owner Bill Veeck installs an inner fence to cut power alleys from 435 to 365 feet. A more celebrated attempt to fuel HRs is at Pittsburgh where the 30-foot reduction of the LF wall is dubbed Greenberg Gardens for the Pirates' famous acquisition. Hank will hit only 25 HRs for the season however but sophomore Ralph Kiner will find the shortened distance more advantageous.
Before 3620 at Wrigley Field the Cubs outslug the Giants to win 13-9. The Giants have two homers both by pitchers as Hugh East and Harry Feldman hit their first major league homers both off Cubs starter Jake Mooty. Peanuts Lowry homers for the Cubs.
Why play the second game? In the PCL San Diego sweeps a doubleheader against San Francisco winning both games by a 16-1 score
At Washington the Yankees give Danny MacFayden a 3-run lead in the first but he can't hold it and he leaves in the 7th with the score tied at 3 apiece. New York scores 5 runs in the 9th to win it for Uhle 10-5. MacFayden was making his first start against Washington since June 2 1932 when he lost his ML record tying 14th straight game to the Nats.
At Pittsburgh rookie Wally Berger blasts homers in the 7th and 8th innings to lead the Braves to a 4-3 win over Larry French. After Berger's 1st homer Johnny Neun in his 5th season adds his first ML homer.
The first-place Athletics score 8 runs off Milt Gaston in the first 2 innings enroute to a 24-6 pasting of the Red Sox. Grove is the easy winner exiting after 5 innings. Foxx has a pair of homers and Simmons has 5 hits including a double and homer. The 24 runs matches a franchise record set in the Cobb protest game in 1912 and the 29 hits sets a franchise mark.
Indians' outfielders tie the ML record with 5 assists in a game against the Browns and rookie Sam Langford has 4 of them also equaling the ML record (Cliff Blau points out that the Plain Dealer play-by-play account of this game gives Langford only 3 assists) It's the 10th time (once in extra innings) it has happened in the major leagues and the last time this century. The Tribe is outhit 12-10 by St. Louis but they win 4-3 as Johnny Hodapp scores all 4 runs.
The Pirates rally in the 9th inning to beat the Cubs 7-6. Cubs' starter Charley Root walks the bases loaded before Paul Waner singles in the winning run. Chicago went ahead in the 7th inning when Chuck Tolson hits the first pinch grand slam in Cubs' history.
The Yankees ride the tandem of Ruth and Gehrig to a 7-3 win over the Athletics. Ruth bangs a first inning homer off Jack Quinn and Gehrig hits one off Quinn in the 6th. Babe comes back in the 8th with another homer off Rube Walberg as New York takes over undisputed possession of first place.
Satchel Paige 19-years-old makes his debut in the Negro Southern League pitching Chattanooga to a 5-4 win over Birmingham.
The A's introduce another future Hall of Famer 17-year-old C Jimmie Foxx who pinch-hits and singles against Washington. But the A's lose 9-4.
Detroit reliever Lil Stoner makes just one pitch a wild one to allow the winning run to score as Cleveland wins 8-7.
White Sox SS Bill Barrett steals home twice in the first and the 9th in a 13-7 win over Cleveland. He ties the ML mark.
Making his major league debut Brooklyn rookie Harry "Pop" Shriver tosses a 2-0 shutout over the Phillies. Shriver is the first Brooklyn hurler to debut with a shutout but he'll end his career at just 4-6. Brooklyn first sacker Sam Post has an easy day making just one put out.
In Boston Brooklyn's Leon Cadore and the Braves' Joe Oeschger duel 26 innings to a 1-1 tie in the longest game ever played in the ML. Oeschger shuts out the Dodgers for the last 21 innings topping Art Nehf's 20 scoreless frames in a row on August 1 1918. He gives up 9 hits and Cadore allows 12 in the 3-hour 50-minute battle the longest marathon (26 inn.) any 2 pitchers have hurled this century. An unusual double play occurs in the 17th inning when the bases are loaded with one out. A grounder to P Oeschger results in a throw home forcing the runner. C Hank Gowdy's throw to 1B Walter Holke is fumbled and when the runner tries to score from 2B the throw back to Gowdy nips the sliding Ed Konetchy. Holke must have been tired as he made a first baseman's record of 42 putouts in the game while Cadore who sets a NL record (ties ML) for assists by a pitcher (12) as well as batters faced (96) in a game will spend the next 36 hours in bed. Oeschger faces 90 batters. The Dodgers lose to the Phils at home in 13 innings the next day then return to Boston for a Monday game where they lose again in 19. For 58 innings work in 3 days they will be 0-2.
Babe Ruth hits his first HR and the 50th of his career as a Yankee in a 6-0 win over the Red Sox. The HR clears the RF roof of the Polo Grounds duplicating the feat of Joe Jackson. Duffy Lewis adds a homer both coming off Herb Pennock. During the game Yankee bench hecklers Carl Mays Ernie Shore and Frank O'Doul manage to get themselves ejected.
In Boston's home opener the Yankees defeat Carl Mays to win 7-3. The Yanks score 4 in the 9th on 2 hits 3 errors a wild pitch and 2 walks. .
Lefty Babe Ruth loses his first game after 5 wins as the Nationals beat Boston 5-3. Ruth allows just 5 singles in 7 2/3 innings but walks 9. The Babe walks the bases loaded in the 8th and reliever Dutch Leonard serves up a 3-run double to Washington catcher John Henry.
The Phils Pete Alexander beats Boston 3-0 for his 2nd shutout of the year.
At St. Louis the Cardinals trip the Reds 9-5 St. Louis 2B Miller Huggins helps by pulling the hidden ball trick on Tommy Leach in the 7th inning. The out call is made by home plate ump Charlie Rigler since the base ump had his back to the play. An argument ensues between Rigler and Reds manager Buck Herzog who pushes the ump and spikes his foot. Rigler reacts by hitting Herzog with his mask. Herzog will get a 5-day suspension for his actions.
Brooklyn's Casey Stengel hits two inside the park homers off Boston's Otto Hess in a 4-2 win at home. On August 16th teammate Bob Fisher will duplicate the feat against the Cardinals off Geyer and Trekell
George Sisler a freshman pitching for the University of Michigan strikes out 20 in 7 innings.
Detroit rolls by Cleveland 14-5 as Cobb again steals home against off George Kahler. This time Grover Land is the catcher: Smith was behind the plate on the 18th.
The Phillies long-time trainer (17 years) Mike Scanlon dies at age 70.
Grover Cleveland "Old Pete" Alexander is backed by two homers—by John Titus and Sherry MaGee—as the Phillies top Boston’s Buster Brown, 3–1. Boston records 23 assists, including a NL record 8 in the 4th inning.
John Lush 20 posts a 1-0 no-hitter over Brooklyn for the Phils striking out 11. Mal Eason takers the loss. The Philadelphia Inquirer states "The trolley dodgers were triumphantly baffled by Lush's drop curve." Ward who had cleared waivers by all 15 teams had 4 hits for the Phils and has 7 in his last 2 games.
The Boston Americans drop an 8-0 decision to the Highlanders the first of franchise record 19 losses in a row. OF Jesse Burkett is released by the Americans to manage the Worcester team which he owns. Burkett will be voted in to the Hall of Fame in 1946 by the Vet's committee.
Cold weather holds the crowd to 1500 at South End Grounds as Mathewson and the Giants freeze the Beaneaters 8-2. For Matty it is his 100th career victory.
Mathewson pitches his 2nd shutout of the year against Philadelphia this time allowing just two Quaker hits while striking out 8. Matty also has 2 hits and cracks his first ML homer off Cy Vorhees to win 3-0.
Boston beats Baltimore 6-4 and John McGraw is tossed in the 9th after being hit on the butt with a pitch only to have umpire Sheridan say he didn't try to avoid the pitch. Sheridan also upsets the crowd with a foul call on a ball. After the game a fan heaves a brick at the ump but hits a policeman instead.
An article in the Washington Post states the following: "The new rule adopted by the National League which prohibits a player from taking first on being hit by a slow pitch is bound to add to the trouble of the umpires."
An AL first: 2 HRs in one game and both grand slams-by Herm McFarland and Dummy Hoy in the White Sox' 19-9 win over Detroit. The Tigers' 12 errors-10 by the infield-set another AL record which the White Stockings will tie May 6 1903 against the Tigers.
Cleveland wins its home opener over the Louisville Colonels 5-4 in 14 innings before only 500 fans. They lose the 2nd game of the twin bill 2-1.
I say "Doctor". Jim McJames Brooklyn righthander becomes a "doctor" in fact. After years of off-season effort he achieves his M.D. He celebrates with a 7-6 victory over Washington. McJames will stay in baseball.
The Board of Discipline of the National Baseball League adopts a set of rules to suppress rowdy ball playing. John T. Brush said the resolution which he proposed "has worked like a charm."
The Western League season opens. At Milwaukee Minneapolis is a 4-3 winner before 5000 fans. At Kansas City St. Paul wins by the same score. St. Paul is managed by Charles Comiskey and its first baseman is pitcher Tony Mullane.
Bill Hart throws a one-hitter to lead Pittsburgh to a 4-1 victory over Cincinnati.
Brooklyn wins a 9-0 forfeit over Washington when the Nationals ahead 2-1 after 6 innings refuse to return to the field in protest over an umpire's decision which allows the sole Brooklyn run to score.
Cleveland opens new League Park at 66th and Lexington with Cy Young pitching the Spiders to a 12-3 victory over the Reds before a crowd of about 9500.
The ML record 577 consecutive-game streak of 3B George Pinckney of Brooklyn (NL) comes to an end when he is spiked in a game in Boston which is later rained out. He has played every inning of the 577 games (almost all of them with Brooklyn AA) since September 21 1885 including 2 games as SS and one as 3B-P. The every-inning record will last until surpassed by Cal Ripken Jr. of Baltimore in 1985 while Ev Scott will break Pinckney's consecutive game streak.
As noted in 1998 by historian John O'Malley Washington's George Keefe sets the ML record by walking 7 New York Giants in the 5th inning. The mark will be matched by Tony Mullane in 1894 and Bob Ewing in 1902.
After holding out for a $4000 salary Tim Keefe wins his 1888 debut for the Giants beating Boston 6-1.
Charlie Comiskey triples and steals home and later homers to lead the Browns to a 14-13 victory over Cleveland. St. Louis scores 74 runs in a 4-game sweep and is on its way to becoming the first team ever to score over 1000 runs in a season.
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.
Rookie John Hamill holds Brooklyn (AA) to 5 singles as Washington wins its opener 12-0. But Washington will win only 11 more games (losing 51) before disbanding in early August and Hamill will record only one more win (against 17 losses) in his only ML season.
Following Cincinnati's Opening Day 10-9 loss to Columbus (AA) at the new Cincinnati ballpark a section of bleachers collapses injuring many exiting fans including one fatally. Fans had complained about the creaking and swaying of the hastily built structure. This location will be used by Cincinnati ML teams until mid-1970 when the Reds move into Riverfront Stadium.
Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black in the ML when he plays for the Toledo club in the American Association. He goes 0-for-3 in his ML debut allowing 2 passed balls and committing 4 errors as his team bows to Louisville 5-1. He will do better in 41 subsequent games before injuries force Toledo to release him in late September. Racial bigotry will prevent his return to ML ball. In July he is joined by his brother Welday an OF. No other black player appears in a ML uniform until Jackie Robinson in 1947.
On opening day in the AA and the NL no less than 4 games are decided in the bottom of the final inning. The best of these is in Cincinnati where the defending AA champs score 2 in the bottom of the 11th to win 6-5.
New York wins its first league game defeating Philadelphia 7-5 at the Polo Grounds located at 110th street between 5th and 6th Avenues. The 5 Phillie tallies against Mickey Welch are all unearned. The opener attracts a crowd of 15000+ including former President U.S. Grant.
In the season opener in Boston the Red Stockings defeat Worcester 6-5 in the bottom of the 10th as John Morrill scores on a wild pitch. Jim Whitney is the winner.
Opening Day in the NL. In Cincinnati the Chicagos spoil the official opening of the new park by beating the Reds 4-3 with 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th. Two runs come on a homer by Mike Kelly and two on an error by SS Sam wright. This is the first pro game ended in "sudden death" as the old rules required that the full inning be played out even if the team batting last was already ahead.
Opening Day in the NL with 4 games including the first league games ever in Buffalo and Cleveland.
Cap Anson in his debut as Chicago's manager collects 2 singles and a RBI to help beat Syracuse 4-3 in the season opener at Chicago's Lakefront Park.
A crowd of 5500 turns out for the Opening Day game at the brand-new Messer Street Park in Providence but the Boston Reds (NL) spoil the festivities by nipping the Grays 1-0.
In a preseason game in St. Louis the Browns and the Syracuse Stars play a 15-inning scoreless tie the longest scoreless game yet played by professional clubs. It is suspected that the new "dead ball" used by the NL is partly to blame as were pitchers Tricky Nichols and Harry McCormick.
In Hartford the home team beats the Mutuals 10-7. The Nutmegs score 6 runs in the 3rd inning. Lipman Pike has 3 hits.
Bat and Ball magazine in its 2nd year of publication reports in its May 1 issue that in a game played in San Francisco on February 22 the Eagles routed the Pacifics 70-22. The editorial in the 4-page publication states "this season which is now opening bids fair to be one of the most exciting that our National Game is likely to know." Another article urges umpires to be more diligent in insuring that pitchers throw where the strikers indicate they want the pitches to be.