1895 May

1st The Western League season opens. At Milwaukee, Minneapolis is a 4–3 winner before 5,000 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.

2nd The rebuilt grandstand at Philadelphia Park is reopened following a fire that destroyed the old stands last August. The cantilevered iron structure is called “the finest in the world.” Mayor Warwick throws out the first ball in front of 20,000 fans and the Phillies lose to the Giants, 9-4, the same score they lost to them yesterday in New York. The visitors score 4 runs in the 1st inning as Jack Taylor walks the first three batters and gives up a single to Jack Doyle. There is an overthrow of first base by Joe Sullivan on the single, and when a fan touches the ball the “block ball rule” is invoked. All four runners score. The rule states that when a non-player touches the ball the ball must be returned to the pitcher in the pitcher’s box. The runners can keep going until that occurs. George Davis hits the first home run in the new ball park, hitting a ball over the right field fence in the 7th.

Chicago wastes a triple play as Louisville scores in the bottom of the 10th to win, 5–4.

3rd  Bobby Lowe scores 6 runs and registers 5 hits, while teammate Herman Long has 2 hits and 5 runs in leading Boston to a 27–11 rout of Washington. Long’s first homer clears the LF fence and is reportedly the longest hit at South Ends Grounds. His 2nd homer almost duplicates it. After Hugh Duffy receives an intentional walk in the 2nd, Tommy McCarthy clears the bases with a grand slam. off Win Mercer. For Washington, Jack Crooks has no hits and 4 runs scored.

Philadelphia beats New York, 8-5, on Sam Thompson’s 3-run homer in the 9th. One player from each team acts as umpire.

4th  Philadelphia, in yet another 9th-inning comeback, strikes for seven runs to edge New York, 10-9. A tired Amos Rusie, the starter, gives up all 7 runs.

5th  Heinie Peitz goes 5-for-5 with 3 extra-base hits, but somehow fails to score. St. Louis manages to whip Cincinnati, 11–4.

6th  The Philadelphia-Louisville game is postponed on account of the running of the Kentucky Derby.

9th Chicago’s Bill Hutchinson, on his way to a 21-loss season, loses to the Giants for the 10th straight time.

Player-manager Buck Ewing has a single, double and 2 triples to pace the Reds to an 11-8 win over Brooklyn.

10th  During the course of a 14–4 win over St. Louis, Philadelphia slugger Sam Thompson becomes the 3rd man in NL history to hit 100 HRs in a career.

11th     Ted Breitenstein gives the Browns their lone shutout of the year, stopping the visiting Phillies, 12-0. Duff Cooley provides a comfort margin with a four-run homer in the 2nd inning, off George Hodson.

12th In an Eastern League game at Buffalo, Bill Bottenus of the Bisons collects 4 homeruns in an 18-13 victory over the Wilkes-Barre Coal Barons (as noted by Bob McConnell).

13th In a Western Interstate League at Terre Haute, the hosts score 14 runs in the 8th inning en route to a 43-4 shellacking of Aurora. Led by rightfielder Mitchell, who is 6-for-8 with 6 runs, and centerfielder Eiteljorg, who is 5-for-9, Terre Haute totals 32 hits. Aurora chips in with 22 errors, led by leftfielder Wood who has 6 errors in 9 chances (as noted by Kevin Saldana).

17th The Reds Arlie Latham has 5 hits and scores 5 runs in Cincinnati’s 15–6 win over Washington at League Park.

19th  Toward the end of the Washington-Cincinnati game the “open seats” collapse “mixing up about 300 spectators but injuring none.

20th  Chicago P Clark Griffith collects five hits as he and his teammates rout Philadelphia 24–6. Rookie 3B Bill Everitt contributes with 4 hits and 5 runs. It is the third time this month a player has scored 5 runs in a game. Ace Stewart adds a grand slam for Chicago, connecting off Kid Carsey in the 8th.

22nd The Reds score 10 runs in the 8th inning en route to a 21–8 pounding of Boston at League Park. It is the Reds 10th straight win and, with Pittsburgh losing, it moves them into first place. Frank Dwyer is the winner over Kid Nichols.

23rd The Louisville Colonels drop a game to Brooklyn because they have run out of baseballs. The home team is responsible for supplying balls, but the game begins with just three baseballs on hand, two of them practice balls borrowed from Brooklyn. By the 3rd inning, the balls are worn out and a messenger sent for new ones does not arrive back in time. Louisville is forced to forfeit the game.

The first baseball game in Venezuela is played between members of the El Caracas Base Ball Club. The 22 members divide into two groups and play in front of 2,000 spectators. The game was introduced into Venezuela by Cubans.

24th  Philadelphia makes 13 errors and allows the Reds to score 6 runs in the 9th inning, but nonetheless wins, 14-13, in 10 innings.

26th  Ted Breitenstein walks 11 men but still manages to gain the victory as St. Louis beats Washington, 23-7. Atoning for a NL-record 4 errors in one inning on the 24th, Doggie Miller drives in eight runs for St. Louis, four on a grand slam in the 9th off John Malarkey. In Doggie’s next game, on the 28th, he’ll drive in another six.

28th   For the second time this month a minor leaguer hits 4 homers in a game. Hercules Burnett, of the Evansville Black Birds hits 4 in a 25-10 win over the Memphis Giants (Southern League) (As noted by Bob McConnell).

After playing 22 of their first 25 games on the road, the Phillies return home to beat the Reds, 8-2.

29th  The Boston Herald box score credits Jake Beckley with a 3-run HR to give Pittsburgh an 8–6 win over Washington. Under the rules of the era, which do not allow a team batting in the bottom of the last inning to win by more than one run, Beckley should be credited only with a triple making the score 7-6. Apparently the rule is not strictly enforced.

30th  After an estimated 18,000 spectators squeeze into Philadelphia’s ballpark, the enormous overflow crowd shrinks the size of the outfield. Taking advantage of the unique circumstances, Cincinnati RF Charles “Dusty” Miller throws out a ML record (since tied) 4 runners—all at 1B in game 2, but Philadelphia wins in 11 innings, 9–8. The 2 teams combine for 16 doubles, 9 by Cincinnati, most resulting from balls hit into the crowd. Dusty’s mark is a ML record for extra innings. Philadelphia also wins the opener, 9–1.

New York edges Chicago, 7-6, as Charles “Duke” Farrell hits a HR in the bottom of the 11th inning.

31st  John Heydler umpires his first NL game, a 10–5 Washington victory over Pittsburgh.