1885 August

1st  The largest paying crowd to date gathers at the Polo Grounds; 13,427 fans watch the Giants defeat the Chicago White Stockings, 7–6.

2nd  Allegheny P Ed “Cannonball” Morris strikes out 15 Colonels, but still loses 4–1. Morris will lead the AA in complete games (63), innings pitched (581), strikeouts (298), and shutouts (6) this year.

7th  Detroit defeats Providence, 32, snapping a ML record 26 straight home wins by Providence over Detroit, dating back to June 2, 1882.

8th  All games are canceled in New York City today because of General Ulysses S. Grant’s funeral.

9th  The first place St. Louis Browns (AA) drop a decision to Pittsburgh, 6-3. The Alleghenys cause is helped by Brownies catcher Dan Sullivan, who sets a ML record with five passed balls in the 3rd inning.

15th  Louis Henke, 1B for Atlanta (Southern League), is injured during a game against visiting Nashville. The injury occurred when Henke collides with Nashville first baseman Charles Marr. Henke will return to his team’s hotel but will die tomorrow of a ruptured liver.

Athletics manager Lon Knight is fired and temporarily replaced by 1B Harry Stovey; former Athletics manager Charlie Mason is eventually hired as his replacement.

18th  Providence 2B Jack Farrell is suspended without pay for obscenities directed at spectators at the home grounds.

19th An article in the Sporting Life criticizes “the tedious slowness of some pitchers in handling the ball. When a pitcher, after getting it into his hands, invariably goes through a large variety of twistings and turnings, changes his position, rubs his arm and his spine and feels if all the bones are in proper position for a great (?) effort before delivering the ball, and repeats the same manoeuvers each time, the spectators get restless and lose interest. The query is often heard ‘Is ___ going to pitch to-day?’ And if answered in the affirmative, ‘Well, I guess I won’t go, He’s too slow. Life is too brief and the benches too hard.’”

26th  A line drive caught by NY 1B Roger Connor catches runners at 1B and 2B off guard, enabling Connor and 2B Joe Gerhardt to complete a triple play in the first inning against Providence. Connor will take part in another first-inning triple play on September 7. New York wins today, 6–0.

27th  Providence lays off former batting champ Paul Hines and accuses him of intentionally playing poorly to receive his release. His .358 in 1878 led the NL.

29th  Philadelphia’s Charles Ferguson pitches a no-hitter over Providence, beating them, 1–0. Fred Shaw takes the loss.