1876 April

8th  After 4 great seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics, Adrian “Cap” Anson reports to the Chicago club to play 3B.

19th  Making the AA look like a football league, the Syracuse Stars beat Brooklyn, 18-12. Yesterday, Brooklyn won, 22-21.

22nd  Because of rainouts in other cities, the only (and first) National League game played at Athletic Park, as Boston scores a pair in the 9th to defeat Philadelphia 6–5 before 3,000 fans. The time of the game is 2 hr: 45 minutes. Jim O’Rourke, who makes the first hit, is the only participant in this game to play in the 20th century. Joseph Borden, (pitching under the name of Josephs) is the winning hurler. Borden pitched for Philadelphia last year, but was lured to Boston after his rookie season. Borden’s pitching will turn sour and he will end the summer as Boston’s groundskeeper.

25th  Chicago manager Al Spalding pitches the NL’s first shutout, 4–0, at Louisville.

27th  In his 2nd outing, Chicago’s Al Spalding hurls another shutout over the Louisville Grays, winning 10–0.