1892 April

5th Cap Anson trades 2B Fred Pfeffer to his hometown Colonels so that the 32-year-old veteran can finish his career in Louisville. Chicago gets $1000 and Pfeffer’s replacement Jim Canavan. Canavan will end up hitting just .166, the worst average in history for someone with 400 at bats.

12th  Inaugurating the first 12-team NL season, Amos Rusie of the New York Giants outpitches Tim Keefe of the Philadelphia Phillies, 5–4.

The famous Boston Beaneaters battery of John Clarkson and King Kelly is too much for the Nationals in Washington. Clarkson helps his cause with a HR in a 14–4 victory, and Herman Long adds a 7thinning grand slam, off Frank Killen.

16th  Ohio governor William McKinley participates in the WL opening game in Columbus, which defeats Toledo 8–5. Ironically, McKinley would never attend a ML game as president.

17th  The first Sunday game in NL history features the hometown Cincinnati Reds defeating the St. Louis Browns, 5–1. Bid McPhee contributes a HR.

19th  Cincinnati’s Tony Mullane surrenders only a bunt single in a 3–0 win over the Chicago Colts, in the 2nd game of a twinbill. The Reds win the opener, 5–2.

22nd  The Pittsburgh Pirates score 12 runs in the first inning against Ted Breitenstein and Bob Caruthers of St. Louis. Elmer Smith of the Pirates gets 2 bases on balls, marking the first time a player is walked twice in one inning. Pittsburgh wins, 14-3.

23rd  Bill Shindle of the Baltimore Orioles has 5 errors at shortstop in a 19–9 loss to Boston in the 2nd game of a twin bill. He also makes 2 in the opener. He will make 78 errors by the end of the season, an improvement over his record 115 miscues in 1890 while playing for Philadelphia (PL).

24th  Notre Dame defeats Michigan, 6–4, in the first intercollegiate varsity game for the Irish. The Notre Dame winner is pitching and batting star “Ringer” Willie McGill, a former student at the elementary school in the college. Though only 18 years of age, McGill is now in his 4th professional season, and will play for the Cincinnati Reds later in the year.

25th  Germany Smith, connects for a grand slam in the 6th, off Bob Caruthers, in an 8-2 win for the Reds over St. Louis.

29th  Cleveland Spiders SS Ed McKean accidentally shoots himself through the “fleshy portion” of his finger with a revolver. He will recover within a week and go on to drive in 93 runs, albeit with the lowest batting average and HR total of his career to date.

30th  Dr. S. B. Talcott, superintendent of the State Lunatic Asylum in New York, declares in the New York Clipper that “I believe that baseball is a homeopathic cure for lunacy. It is a kind of craze in itself, and gives the lunatics a new kind of crazing to relieve them of the malady which afflicts their minds.”

Pitcher Elton Chamberlain of Cincinnati hits a grand slam off Frank Foreman of Washington in the 8th to ice the game. The Reds win, 7-2.