1883 August

1stLed by Harry Stovey’s 10thhome run, off Denny Neagle, the Athletics (AA) swamp Pittsburgh, 19-2. Stovey is the first player to reach double figures in homers, and will total 14 for the year.

4thThe Mets counter 2 runs by Allegheny in the top of the 14th with 3 of their own to win, 7–6.

7th  Providence loses the NL lead permanently with a 6–4 defeat by Boston, while Cleveland beats Buffalo 5–2. For the 2nd straight season Providence holds the NL lead for more than twice as many days as any other team but does not win the pennant.

11thBoston P Jim Whitney muffs a popup, but catcher Mike Hines catches it before it hits the ground and starts a triple play. All the runners had taken off with the apparent error. Providence still wins, 6–2.

The Mets please 9,000 fans by defeating the first place Athletics in the bottom of the 9th, 3–2.

Frederick Thayer, the inventor of the catcher’s mask, and George Wright sue the Spalding Brothers Company for copyright infringement. The two will eventually lose their case.

14thIn a 7-inning game, Buffalo scores 4 times in the top of the 7th to beat Chicago, 19–17. Jim O’Rourke leads by hitting for the cycle.

18thThe Athletics defeat Columbus, 19–5, with 5 hits by Harry Stovey.

20th  After the Eclipse-Allegheny game, Allegheny players Billy Taylor, Mike Mansell, and George Creamer are each fined $100 and suspended indefinitely for drunkenness.

Behind Hugh Daily, Cleveland edges Chicago, 4-3. For One Arm, it is his 10thstraight win over Chicago.

21st  In the most lopsided shutout in ML history, Providence routs Philadelphia 28–0, as Larry Corcoran picks up the victory over Rhode Island native Art Hagen. The Phils will give up on the 1–14 Hagen and shuffle him off to Buffalo, where he will go 0–2.

24thSome 41,000 Athletic cranks watch a 4 game series with Cincinnati. The Reds take the final 3 matches.

25thChicago outlasts Buffalo, 18–14 as both clubs get 20 hits. Chicago’s Abner Dalrymple and Buffalo’s Jack Rowe go 5-for-6, and Rowe hits for the cycle.

29th Guy Hecker of Louisville (AA) gives up 4 hits to the A’s John Stricker, but picks him off 3 times. Getting caught off base three times will happen once more, in 1916 when Benny Kauff matches it.