1884 April

3rd  The Cleveland club visits the White House, where President Chester A. Arthur greets them by telling them that “Good ball-players make good citizens.”

7th According to the New York Clipper, “Manager Mutrie (of the Metropolitans) has made a new departure in base ball outfits in providing his players with shoes the uppers of which are made of sealskin which, besides being neat in appearance, promises to be very durable.”

15th  The first weekly issue of Sporting Life, edited by Francis Richter, is published in Philadelphia. This outstanding magazine will last, with a brief interruption, until July 1926. An article in the issue notes that the “gentlemanly and popular player Alonzo Knight will be the general manager of the [Athletic] club this year.” It also says in the article that Harry Stovey will be the field captain. This is the first mention of the term general manager (as noted by Skip McAfee).

23rd In a game against Dayton, Saginaw’s Yank Robinson tallies two doubles and a triple in the 6th inning (p. 257 of Balldom, as noted by Ernie Lanigan The Baseball Cyclopedia)) as Saginaw scores 20 runs.

24th  In a fit of depression, journeyman player Terry Larkin shoots his wife and a policeman and then attempts to commit suicide. Failing, he tries again the next day. Both his wife and the policeman survive. Larkin will play for several teams in 1884 before retiring.

29th  The new issue of The Sporting Life has a note about Hoss Radbourn: “Radbourne (sic), the Providence pitcher, now reverses his position while delivering the ball when a runner is at first base. This is to enable him to throw better to the base.” (as noted by Chuck McGill).