1894 April

12th In the Opening Day game of the National League’s first 12-team season, two future Hall of Fame pitchers, Amos Rusie of the Giants and Tim Keefe of the Phillies, square off. Rusie wins, 5–4.

20th  The Reds open their new League Park with a 10-6 win over Chicago. Rain delays start of play as less than 6,300 fans are in attendance. The new park’s configuration puts home plate where left field was the previous year. Home runs will increase from 40 to 88, many reportedly over the fence. Reds pitcher Tom Parrott hits a homer—a grand slam in the 6th—and serves up a homer to opposing pitcher Bill Hutchinson. That won’t happen again in the NL until 1950. Frank Motz has four hits, including three doubles, while Bug Holliday hits a grand slam, the first of a record 23 the NL will total this year: this won’t be topped until 1929 in the league.

23rd  Batting first, St. Louis scores two runs in the 9th to edge Pittsburgh, 4-3. Bones Ely, who debuted in 1884, hits his first homer, a two-run four bagger off Red Ehret. Bones will hit 12 homeruns this year for St. Louis.

24th  In a game atypical for 1894, Cy Young throws a 2-hit shutout at Cincinnati 1–0, as the Cleveland Spiders score the winning run in the 9th inning on McAleer single following Ewing’s double.

Losing 3–1 to the visiting Boston Beaneaters in the 9th inning, the Baltimore Orioles rally for 14 runs in the top of the 9th to top the defending NL champions, 15–3. The 14 runs by one club in the 9this a ML record. The beating starts against Charley Nichols and continues against Jack Stivetts, although just one run is earned. 8,500 fans go home happy.

Cincinnati manages just 2 hits off Cy Young and loses, 1-0, to Cleveland. Jimmy McAleer’s single in the 9th drives home Ewing, who had doubled.

At Brooklyn, visiting Philadelphia rolls to a 22–5 victory, led by Lave Cross, who hits for the cycle and adds two walks. He starts the game at 3B but ends up as catcher when lefthanded catcher Clements is injured in a home plate collision. Mike Grady takes over, then Cross moves behind the plate, becoming the first catcher to hit for the cycle.

28th  The Reds double the Pirates, 10-5, scoring 5 runs in the first inning off Adonis Terry, who tosses 2/3 of an inning and walks four. That’ll be it for Adonis in Pittsburgh as the Buccaneers quickly ship him to the Colts.