1877 August

1st  Umpire Dan Devinney charges that St. Louis manager George McManus tried to bribe him with $250 to help the Browns beat the Grays in Louisville. But the home team wins 3–1. St. Louis management will vehemently deny the charges.

2nd  Charley Bennett signs with Milwaukee for 1878 when the Milwaukee club’s offer of $1,700 is supplemented by a private purse of $300 raised by local fans. The terms are among the most lucrative ever offered by an independent club.

3rdThe new Buffalo club, the first pro team from that city, plays its first game, a ten-inning, scoreless tie against Rochester at the local Rhode Island Street Grounds.

4thPaced by home runs by “Orator” Shaffer and Bill Crowley, Louisville beats Chicago, 15–9, to extend their NL lead.

6th  The NL rule calls for the home team to submit 3 names of approved local men as a possible umpire for each game, with the visiting team choosing one of them at random. Today in Louisville, Chicago’s Cal McVey reaches into the hat and picks out a slip with Devinney’s name on it. Disgusted, McVey then grabs the hat and finds that all 3 slips have Devinney’s name on them. The incensed White Stockings demand a new umpire and then snap the Grays’ 6-game winning streak 7–2.

7th  Chicago scores 13 runs in the 2nd inning and trounces Cincinnati 21–7. The rally still stands as the NL record for runs in the 2nd inning by one and both teams.

8th  After St. Louis C John Clapp has his cheek smashed by a foul tip, replacement Mike Dorgan goes behind the plate wearing a mask. Though used earlier in the IA, this is perhaps the first use of a catcher’s mask in an official NL game.

10thCincinnati’s new owners demonstrate their determination to field a strong team next year by announcing the signing of Cal McVey for 1878.

12th  Johnny Quigley, catcher for the Clippers of Harlem, dies from head injuries sustained in a home-plate collision with Dan Brouthers on July 7th in a game against the Actives of Wappingers Falls, NY, while trying to catch a throw home. The 19-year-old Brouthers was exonerated by the authorities.

16th  Louisville loses in Boston 6–1, but retains first place. Bill Craver takes a called 3rd strike with the tying runs on base, and Jim Devlin fans 4 times, raising suspicions of gambling.

18thThe Brooklyn Hartfords outhit the Cincinnati Reds, 18–9, and win, 8–5. Tommy York hits a tie-breaking HR in the 4th, his only homer of the year.

20th  Louisville director Charles E. Chase receives an anonymous telegram from Hoboken, NJ, saying that “something is wrong with the Louisville players” and that gamblers were betting on Hartford. Louisville then loses today’s game to Hartford, 6–1.

21stLouisville drops another, losing in Brooklyn to Hartford, 7–0. Jim Holdsworth hits 2 key triples, his only triples of the year.

23rdJack Manning is named captain of the Cincinnati Reds, replacing Bob Addy, whose lax habits got him in trouble with management. In Manning’s debut, the western Reds lose to the Boston Reds, 10–4.

25thBoston rallies to beat Louisville, 3–2, in the opener of a key 3-game series. The Reds score one run in the 8th and 2 in the 9th. Jim O’Rourke singles in a run in the 8th and is left on base as the man in front of him is put out on a line-drive double play to end the inning. This means that O’Rourke leads off the 9th, and he walks to start the winning rally.

A group of Chicago and St. Louis gamblers name St. Louis third baseman Joe Battin and outfielder/pitcher/team Joe Blong as willing partners in yesterday’s 3-4 loss hosting Chicago. Battin and Blong, though never officially expelled, never appear again in an NL game (as noted by Frank Vaccaro).

27thBoston takes the 2nd game of the series, beating Louisville, 6–0. Tommy Bond is the winner on a 3-hitter, while Latham, Snyder and Craver make critical errors for the losers.

28thBoston sweeps, taking game 3 from the Grays, 4–3. O’Rourke scores 2, while Sutton drives in 2. Jumbo Latham, 1B for Louisville, is hurt in the field and Al Nichols filled in for him. Jumbo singles in the following inning and receives a courtesy runner, LF George Hall who in turn receives a courtesy runner when his turn at bat comes up. Latham is back in the field the following inning (all courtesy of Retrosheet).

31stAt Brooklyn, Louisville loses, 6–1, as Shaffer makes three errors in one inning.