1878 August

1stBoston edges Milwaukee, 3–2, with the aid of an “astonishing muff” in the 8th inning by LF Abner Dalrymple.

3rdA home run by Jim O’Rourke gives Boston another 3–2 win over Milwaukee.

7th  John Montgomery Ward allows 2 hits as Providence beats Indianapolis, 5–0.

8thErrors by 2B Bill McClellan and 1B Joe Start enable Boston to score in the 9th and edge Chicago, 2–1.

9th  Paul Hines and Monte Ward star as Providence wins 2 from Indianapolis 12–6 in the morning and 8–5 in the afternoon. Ward pitches both games, and Hines amasses 7 hits and 7 RBIs.

10thBoston completes a 3-game sweep of Chicago by winning 2–1 in 11 innings. Morrill scores the winning run by stealing 2B and continuing home when the catcher’s throw gets by the second baseman and center fielder.

13thPaul Hines is 3-for-4 and pulls off his second unassisted DP of the year, but Providence settles for a 4–4 tie with Chicago.

14th  The Indianapolis club expels “The Only” Nolan for leaving the team to attend a fictitious funeral.

19th  The NL loses 3 out of 4 exhibition games on this date, Boston beating Rochester 4–2 in 14 innings for the only victory.

21stChicago scores 5 in the bottom of the 9th to beat Cincinnati, 7–4. After Frank Hankinson’s 2-run single wins the game, two more runs score on an error by SS Bill Geer.

25thThe IA certifies Bill Craver to play for the Troy Haymakers (IA). Craver was recently expelled from the NL for failing to cooperate with an investigation into his selling of games. By NL rules, the League could then expel every player who played against Troy. The NL will take no action, however, but will not grant Craver a hearing.

26th  The Manchester IA club plays an exhibition at the state reform school, and during the game their dressing room is robbed of jewelry and $48 in cash.

29thBoston pulls another out of the fire, coring 4 in the bottom of the 10th to beat Chicago, 8–7. Bob Ferguson, catching for the Whites, makes 5 errors and passed balls in the final frame. Ezra Sutton caps the scoring with a game-winning homer, his only HR of the year.

31st  Al Spalding comes out of retirement to play 2B for Chicago. He goes 2-for-4 but makes 4 errors as the Whites lose to Boston 5–2.