1884 August

2ndThe Cleveland’s Pete Hotaling hits a 7thinning grand slam as the Spiders edge Chicago, 10–8.

Cincinnati (AA) shuts out Toledo, 12-0, with the help of Toledo’s Joe Moffet [also listed in the record books as James B. Moffett] Moffet makes a record tying 6 errors. The mark was set two weeks ago,

4th  Buffalo’s Pud Galvin no-hits Detroit and coasts home, 18–0. Frank Meinke takes the loss.

5th  Richmond—a mid season replacement for Washington—makes its AA debut with a 14–0 home loss to the Athletics. The Virginias will finish with a .286 record, some 96 percentage points better than Washington.

The ML debut of Chicago (NL) deaf-mute P Thomas Lynch goes well until the 8th, when his arm gives out. When the umpire refuses to allow Lynch to leave the game, Lynch switches positions with Cap Anson, who proceeds to surrender 2 homers and 4 runs and lose the game to Cleveland, 8–5. Lynch, the second deaf-mute in ML history, will never play another game. Anson sets a mark of allowing two homers in a game in which he hits two homers.

6th  Chicago’s Cap Anson hits 3 HRs in a 13–4 win against Cleveland at Lakefront Park. This gives him 5 HRs in 2 games, a mark matched by Stan Musial. Anson, who pitched yesterday in his only mound appearance of the year, and allowed two homeruns, sets another curious record: hitting 2 homers following a game in which he allows 2 homeruns. Infielder Jose Reyes, in 2018, will match the mark.

7th  Philadelphia Keystone (UA) disbands.

Pud Galvin shuts out Detroit 9–0 with a 3-hitter. In the Buffalo star’s last 3 games he has allowed only 4 hits. Galvin’s scoreless-inning streak will reach 38 innings before Detroit beats him 1–0 in 12 innings.

9th  Charles Radbourn wins an 11-inning thriller 1–0 over 2nd-place Boston after Arthur Irwin hits a ball through a hole in the lathing above the RF wall for a HR. Radbourn is in the midst of a 42-inning streak in which he allows only one run, including 29 consecutive scoreless innings.

14th  Hoss Radbourn pitches another 1–0 victory over Boston; he threw one 5 days earlier.

Football score? King Kelly hits a 2nd-inning grand slam, off Billy Serad, as Chicago (NL) outslugs Buffalo, 17-10.

16th  The minor league NWL reorganizes to shorten travel distances between clubs, dropping Evansville, IN, and one of its strongest teams, Saginaw, MI. Saginaw ace John Clarkson (31-8) is thus freed to sign with Chicago (NL), where his pitching (10-3, 2.14 ERA) will give the White Stockings a lift.

Chicago (NL) beats the New York Gothams, 13-9. Providing the winning margin is Alex McKinnon who slams a four-run homer off Joe Brown in the 1st.

18th  Harry Stovey’s 3 triples and 2 singles contribute to Philadelphia’s 20–1 pounding of Baltimore (AA). Two of his triples come in the 8th inning.

21st  The UA game at Washington is halted after 8 innings. Charlie Gagus finishes with a no-hit 12–1 win over Wilmington.

23rd  After 9 losses, Toledo (AA) defeats Louisville for the first time, as Tony Mullane outduels Ren Deagle for a 1–0 two-hit victory. Deagle allows only 3 hits himself, but one is to engineering student Frank Olin, whose single drives Mullane home from 2B. Following his brief ML career, Olin will go on to found what is today the giant Olin Corporation.

25th  Chicago’s UA club completes the transfer of its franchise to Pittsburgh and, in its first game as the Pittsburgh Unions, defeats front-running St. Louis 3–2.

26th  Kansas City (UA) manages to score one run against Cincinnati but bows 3–1 before Dick Burns’s no-hit pitching.

Eclipse star Guy Hecker registers 17 strikeouts and allows only 6 hits, but 2nd-place Columbus (AA) manages to win 4–3. Despite the loss Hecker will lead the AA with 52 wins—the most in the history of the league—and in strikeouts with 385.

27th  In the Philadelphia (AA) 13-3 win over Brooklyn, Sadie Houck lines three triples for the winners.

28th  New York’s Mickey Welch opens a game against Philadelphia by striking out the first 9 men he faces for the all-time ML mark (1st inning-Phillips, Hotaling, Pinckney; 2nd inning-Burch, Muldoon, Evans; 3rd inning-Smith, Henry, Moore). Welch’s feat goes unnoticed because the official scorer does not credit him with a strikeout of Smith, who reaches 1B safely. Historian Harry Simmons corrects the error in 1941. Welch’s ML record will stand until Tom Seaver strikes out 10 straight in 1970.