1881 August

2ndHaving finally rounded into shape, John Ward pitches and bats Providence to a 2–1 win over Troy. He pitches out of a bases-loaded, no out jam in the 9th and then singles home the winning run in the 11th.

The first note of an intentional base on balls with the bases loaded occurs when Abner Dalrymple of Chicago (NL) is intentionally walked by Buffalo’s Jack Lynch (BUF NL) in the eighth inning (as noted by Trent McCotter) The Chicago Tribunewrites: “At one time, when the bases were full, Lynch deliberately sent in seven balls (the rule at the time is seven balls constitutes a walk) rather than take the chances of a hit by Dalrymple, who was at bat, and in this way forced a run upon Chicago. But all to no purpose, for Gore followed with a terrific drive for two bases, and three men came in on the hit.” The Tribunefurther notes: “In the eighth the bases were filled, and nobody out, on successive hits by Goldsmith, Flint, and Quest, and Lynch was so afraid of Dalrymple that he gave him his base on balls and brought Goldsmith in with the gift.” At the time of the intentional walk, the Buffalo team was down, 5-0; they end up losing, 11-2.

3rd Jack Farrell quits as Providence captain and is succeeded by Tommy York. The team was 24-27 under Farrell.

4thLarry Corcoran of Chicago stops Buffalo on 2 hits, 4–0, and the Whites give him errorless support.

5thDetroit releases 3B Art Whitney because he is unable to play due to illness. They will resign him late in the season after he recovers.

6thA 4-hitter by Fred Goldsmith gives Chicago a 3–0 win over Buffalo and a sweep of their 3 game series. The Bisons are now 7 games behind.

8thProvidence C Emil Gross snaps tendons in his leg and is out for the season.

9th  “The delicious uncertainty of baseball” (New York Mercury) is demonstrated at the Polo Grounds when the Atlantics score 11 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Mets, 14–12.

11th  In the most one-sided game of the NL season, Chicago trounces Detroit, 17–0. Fred Goldsmith pitches for Chicago against Frank Mountain, and Silver Flint is 5-for-5. He also catches his 9th straight game without a passed ball.

12th  The Providence club is reorganized. New capital is pledged. C. L. Gardiner is the new president, and Robert Morrow replaces James Bullock as manager.

13thHoss Radbourn leads Providence to a 1–0 win over Boston, pitching a 4-hitter and knocking in the only run with a single.

14th  Statistics published in the Chicago Tribuneput Dan Brouthers at the top of the batting list with a .390 average. Cap Anson is second with .377. Official figures at the end of the season will declare Anson batting champ with a .399 average, Brouthers finishing 7th at .318.

16thFor Buffalo, Blondie Purcell is 4-for-4 and Jack Rowe hits a pair of 2-run triples. But Chicago gets home runs from Gore and Burns and beats the Bisons, 13–9.

17th  Worcester suspends its captain, Mike Dorgan, and Harry Stovey takes over the post. Lee Richmond, who had quit because of conflicts with Dorgan, rejoins the team.

18th  The declining fortunes of the Worcesters receive a further blow when Art Irwin suffers a broken leg during a game in which the team blows an 8–0 lead and has to settle for an 8–8 tie with Providence.

21st  The Eclipse club refuses to allow black C. M. Fleetwood Walker to play for the visiting Cleveland Whites in a game in Louisville, much to the disgust of many fans and sportswriters. Walker later becomes the first African-American to play ML baseball with the Toledo (AA) club in 1884.

Buttercup Dickerson starts 2 double plays from LF as Worcester beats Boston, 6–1.

22ndWorcester signs veterans Candy Nelson and Lip Pike, both from the Atlantic club of Brooklyn.

23rd  When P Fred Goldsmith is injured in the 3rd inning, substitute Larry Corcoran is called in from the turnstiles, where he was monitoring the count for the visiting Chicagos. He pitches 9 innings as the White Stockings win a 12-inning game in Detroit, 8–6.

27thTony Mullane makes his ML debut with Detroit and shows outstanding speed in beating Chicago, 9–1. A finger injury and wildness will lead to his release a month later.

29thProtecting a 5–4 lead with men on 2B and 3B in the 9th, Troy’s Tim Keefe strikes out 3 batters in a row to beat Boston.

30thAnson and Flint have perfect days at the plate as Chicago pounds out 21 hits to beat Detroit, 12–8. The loss drops Detroit into a tie for 3rd place with Providence.