1887 April

3rd Boston club president Arthur Soden announces to the players that while John Morrill remains manager, Mike Kelly will serve as captain.

7th The St. Louis Browns and the Chicago White Stockings begin a “World Championship” series as a rematch of their series last fall. The games will be played in St. Louis, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis in the next week, with 3 more scheduled in Chicago in October. Chicago will win 4 of 6 in the Spring series, but will not claim the world championship.

16th  Opening Day in the A.A. Two rookies, Mike Griffin of the Baltimore Orioles and George “White Wings” Tebeau of Cincinnati, hit HRs in their first ML at bats, the first to do so. Griffin, who is the first to homer in his first at bat, almost makes it 2 in a row but his 4th inning hit goes for a ground rule double, one of three extra base hits he garners. His O’s beat the Phillies, 8–3. Tebeau’s Reds beat Cleveland, 16-6.

17th  St. Louis Browns owner Chris Von der Ahe purchases 19-year-old St. Louisan Charley “Silver” King from the NL. King, with Kansas City at the end of the last season, had not been picked up by any NL clubs this spring. He will post a 34-11 record in 1887.

19th  Chicago mascot Willie Hahn, aged 11, is signed to a regular league contract. “You should have seen the little fellow open his eyes,” when a club official read him the abstinence clause.

20th Chicago trades holdout Jim McCormick, a 10-year vet, to Pittsburgh for untried rookie P George Van Haltran. Van Haltran is staging something of a holdout as well, staying in California to be with his mother who is seriously ill. Chicago also gets $2,500.

21st  Pop Snyder, the only catcher from the National Association still behind the plate, allows Louisville to steal 10 bases in just 3 innings before being replaced by Jim Toy. The Colonels beat the Cleveland “Babies” 14–7.

22nd  Tony Mullane pitches a regular-season game in Missouri for the first time since 1883. The Missouri injunction obtained against him by the St. Louis Unions in 1884 having finally been resolved, Tony leads the Reds to a 5–2 victory over the Browns.

25th  In a wild scoring affair in the AA, the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers roll over the Orioles, 16-10, and set a league record for hit by pitches in a game with 6. Another HBP mark will be set in five days.

26th  Denny Lyons of the Athletics goes 6-for-6, all on clean hits. The A’s need every one of them to nip the Mets 18–17.

27th In Baltimore, Mets 1B Dave Orr collides with C Pete Sommers while chasing a foul popup. Orr bites through his tongue, loses 2 teeth, and twists his knee, while Sommers suffers a sprained neck. The Orioles win, 8-0.

In a 19-3 rout, Bob Caruthers of St. Louis (AA) connects for an 8th inning grand slam off George Pechiney of Cleveland (as noted by David Vincent).

28th  Opening Day in the NL. Of the new clubs, Indianapolis loses a thriller to Detroit in its home opener 4–3, while Pittsburgh is rained out.

30th  The Browns (AA) set a St. Louis scoring record that still stands by trouncing Cleveland 28–11. Bill Gleason goes 7-for-7, but 4 of his “hits” are walks. For the second time in his career, pitcher Dave Foultz collects 5 hits, including two doubles and a triple. He scores 3 runs.

     Detroit downs Indianapolis, 12-10, as the two teams combine to set a NL record for batters hit by pitches with 9. Detroit has 5 hitters plunked.

At Baltimore, the Orioles (AA) trounce the New York Metropolitans, 21-8.

The Phillies open their new $80,000 ballpark on Huntington Avenue and Broad Street with a 19-10 win over NY. They will remain on this site until 1938.