1886 August

st  Jim McCormick raises his record for the season to 16-0, pitching Chicago to a 7–3 victory over New York. This record start will be topped by Rube Marquard in 1912.

3rd  Jim McCormick loses his first game of the season as Mickey Welch and the Giants win, 7–3. The sore hands of C Mike Kelly and 5 hits by Monte Ward are the key factors.

Behind the pitching of Amos Alonzo Stagg, who will make his mark as a football coach,         Yale beats Harvard in the deciding game of the college championship.

5th  Pittsburgh’s (AA) Fred Carroll gets a ML record 9 hits in a doubleheader. Pittsburgh wins 15-1 and 13-2 over Baltimore. Carroll’s mark will be tied but not topped.

Louisville sweeps a pair from New York, winning 5-4 and 3-2. Louisville slugger Pete Browning is suspended after his stumbling, erratic play today. The Colonels are mired in 5th place, 11 games behind the Browns.

7th  Today’s issue of Sporting Life shows 5 pitchers in the top 7 spots on the AA batting-average list. Dave Foutz, Bob Caruthers, and Guy Hecker play enough at other positions to be contenders for the batting title.

8th Little used Browns pitcher George McGinnis shuts out Baltimore, 10–0. His reward? He’s sold to the Orioles a few hours later.

9th Joe Start plays his last NL game, a 9-1 Washington loss to Boston. The 43-year-old first baseman began his career around 1860, long before the NL was even dreamed of.

11th  During the second Sunday game played in Cincinnati after owner Louis Hauck dropped his objections, a riot breaks out. Umpire George Bradley is hit by a beer mug hurled from the rowdy Cincinnati crowd and retreats to the directors’ room in the 6th inning. He returns to complete the game. The Reds lose to the Grays 11–7. The incident strengthens the position of many religious and political leaders that Sunday baseball attracts mostly “hoodlums” and “foreigners” and should therefore be banned. While this advice is followed in most ML cities, Sunday baseball in the Queen City continues and proves to be extremely popular with all “classes” of people.

12th Ed Daily is carried off the field on the shoulders of Philadelphia (NL) fans after saving the game with his relief pitching and winning it with 2 triples and a double. Philadelphia wins, 7-6, over New York.

13th After Cap Anson of Chicago is quoted in a St. Louis newspaper saying that the Browns would “come in something like 5th or 6th” in the NL, two Browns bring $200 to the White Stockings hotel and challenge Anson to put his money where his mouth is. No bets are made, but the stage is set for a bitterly contested series in the fall.

Paced by Charley Jones’ 7th inning grand slam, Cincinnati beats Brooklyn, 9-4. John Harkins serves up the slam.

16th  At St. Louis, Detroit’s Sam Crane umpires when the regular ump fails to appear. Not surprisingly, his Detroit team wins, 7-3. It is the 3rd game in a row that Crane has umped: he did the previous two games in Kansas City.

17th The elegant new club house is opened at the Mets’ Staten Island park. However, owner Wiman’s amusement park is becoming more profitable for theatrical events than for baseball.

20th Cap Anson, Jimmy Ryan and Abner Dalrymple homer in the 3rd as Chicago trounces St. Louis 20-4 at West Side Park.

21st After pitching well for 10 innings, Detroit P Charlie “Pretzel” Getzien becomes disgusted with his support and gives up 10 runs, a NL record for the frame, to Kansas City in the 11th inning and loses, 12–2. Manager William Watkins is disgusted as well and fines Pretzel $100—$10 for each run—and CF Ned Hanlon $25 for their poor play.

22nd  The news leaks out that Chicago owner Spalding has hired detectives to shadow the White Stocking players and report on their drinking habits. Seven players are fined $25 each, but many have bonus clauses above the $2000 salary limit that are contingent on their sober conduct, so it may cost them much more.

24th  Bill “Adonis” Terry no-hits St. Louis as Brooklyn wins 1–0. Terry walks 2 men, and 3 others reach base on errors.

25th Bill Terry follows yesterday’s no-hitter with a complete game winner, beating Pittsburgh, 6–3. He gives up 10 hits.

27th The Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players announces its existence. There are chapters in most NL cities.

28th St. Louis P Dave Foutz holds Baltimore to one hit and wins, 6–0.

29th For the second day in a row, Baltimore is held to one hit in a 6–0 loss. Today it is Louisville’s Tom “Toad” Ramsey doing the pitching and giving up a 1st inning single to leadoff hitter Pat O’Connell. The Orioles are the 2nd of 10 teams in history to get 2 hits in 2 games. Some accounts report this as a no-hitter: Reichler quotes the July 30 Baltimore Sun that “Ramsey, the great left-handed pitcher of the Louisville Club, had the Baltimore team completely at his mercy yesterday at the Huntingdon Avenue grounds. Not a single safe hit was scored against him during the game.” The LouisvilleCourier also reports that “the official scorer of Baltimore did not give the home team a single hit.”

30th Incensed by yesterday’s insults from Giants’ captain Ward, ump John Gaffney demands an apology before consenting to work today’s game. When Ward refuses, Gaffney leaves the grounds. Pittsburgh P Jim Galvin is drafted out of the stands and pressed into service. He does a good job as the Giants edge the St. Louis Maroons, 2–1, in 10 innings.

31st  Tom Ramsey pitches a 13-inning 16-strikeout one-hitter—a double by Fulmer—to beat Baltimore 2–1. It is Ramsey’s 2nd consecutive one-hitter in 3 days, and the 3rd time in 4 games that the Orioles have gotten only one hit. Matt Kilroy is the Baltimore pitcher. The Baltimore Sun will report this as a no-hitter tomorrow stating “Not a single safe hit was scored against him during the game. He retired 16 men on strikes and did it with such regularity that the audience repeatedly cheered him and laughed at the home players. He pitched the greatest game ever seen in Baltimore.”


2nd Washington’s George Winkelman makes his lone ML appearance, starting on the mound against Kansas City. Wink lasts 6 innings allow 11 hits and throwing 5 wild pitches. The 5 errant heaves matches the first-game record set by Jake Seymour and Mike Corcoran. Kansas City holds on for a 12-10 win over the lowly Nationals.

3rd The Giants complete a 3-game sweep of the White Stockings in New York with a thrilling 7–6 decision, winning on Pete Gillespie’s triple in the bottom of the 9th.

5th Having “dried out” at West Baden Springs, Pete Browning rejoins Louisville’s lineup. The Colonels climbed from 5th to 2nd place in Pete’s absence but still trail St. Louis by 9 games. They lose today, 9-0, to Philadelphia.

6th Claiming that they were robbed of a win by ump Joe Ellick, the Giants lose to the Cowboys, 4–3.

7th  Washington loses its 12th consecutive game, their 4th losing streak of 10 of more games this season. Fed up, manager Mike Scanlon announces that he will retire as soon as a replacement can be found.

8th  Rumors of the imminent demise of the St. Louis Maroons abound after star 2B Fred Dunlap is sold to Detroit for $4,700.

9th  Tom “Toad” Ramsey ties the AA record by striking out 17 batters in a 9-inning game as he whips the Metropolitans, 6–0. [Louisville teammate Guy Hecker fanned 17 in a losing effort on August 26, 1884, and Ramsey will match his mark next year.] Mets 1B Davey Orr is undaunted by Toad’s drop ball and goes 4-for-4.

12th  Guy Hecker allows 16 hits and 11 runs and goes 4-for-5 as Louisville wins a 27–11 slugfest against Brooklyn. John Werrick backs Guy with a 5thinning grand slam, off John Harkins. There is scoring in 13 of the 14 half innings before the game is called to allow the Grays to catch a train.

Curt Welch hits a grand slam in the 1st inning, off Matt Kilroy, and St. Louis whips Baltimore, 13-1 (as noted by David Vincent).

14th Chicago’s John Clarkson beats St. Louis for his 17th straight win against them, a club record and 19th century ML record that will not be topped. The 20th C record is 16 straight wins over an opponent. Clarkson fans 16.

15th  He should sue for non-support: For the second time in two months, Brooklyn (AA) pitcher Bill Terry is on the short end of a shutout pasting, as Pittsburgh’s Ed Morris wins, 18–0.

Louisville’s (AA) pitcher Guy Hecker scores 7 runs in a game, establishing a ML record. In addition, he hits 3 HRs, all inside-the-park, to set a ML record, tied in 1897 by Tom McCreery. He also collects 6 hits, off Richard Conway, to give him 17 in his last 4 games, also a ML record that will be tied but never topped. His 15 total bases is a ML record that will be tied next month and topped in 1894. Hecker also rounds out the day by twirling a 4-hitter to beat Baltimore, 22–5 in game 2 of the doubleheader. Louisville started the sweep with 13-6 victory in game 1. Hecker has 23 hits in seven consecutive pitching assignments (Bob Davids, BRJ 1973).

16th  Bob Caruthers becomes the first pitcher to make 4 extra-base hits in a game, but he allows 10 runs in the 8th inning and loses 11–9. Having hit a double and 2 HRs earlier, Caruthers ends the game tagged out at home trying for a 3rd. The defeat ends the Browns’ 11-game winning streak.

18th  St. Louis Maroon owner Henry Lucas quits baseball, announcing that the club has cost him $27,000 in 3 years. The franchise seems to be on the brink of dissolution but will finish the season.

Chicago’s John Clarkson sets a franchise record by whiffing 16 batters in a 7–1 win over Kansas City. Clarkson will strike out 340 batters this season.

19th  NL umpire John Gaffney agrees to take over as manager of Washington.

20th  Matt Kilroy of the Orioles and Joe Miller of the Athletics hurl opposing one-hitters. Baltimore wins 1–0 on first-inning errors, but doesn’t get a hit until the 9th. There will be 4 other opposing one-hitters in the next 100 years, all 1–0 games: Mordecai Brown over Lefty Leifield on July 4, 1906; Bob Cain over Bob Feller on April 23, 1952; Jack Harshman over Connie Johnson on June 21, 1956; and Frank Bertaina over Bob Meyer on September 12, 1964.

21st Al Myers grand slam is not enough as Kansas City (NL) goes down to defeat, 8-6, at the hands of the St. Louis Maroons.

After a loss today, the Washington Nationals replace manager Mike Scanlon (13-67 with 2 ties) and hand the reins to John Gaffney.

22nd  Dog helps chicken. It is the dog days of summer as Ab Powell of the Reds reaches the ball on a long hit by Chicken Wolf, his pants are grabbed by a stray dog sleeping by the fence. The altercation prevents Powell from throwing the ball in and Wolf circles the bases with the inside-the-park home run that wins the game for Louisville, 5–3, in 11 innings.

23rd Chicago’s John Clarkson hands Detroit its only shutout loss of the year, 4–0, although the Wolverines win the series, 2–1, to build their lead over the White Stockings to 1 1/2 games. A controversial call in the 8th deprives Clarkson of a no-hitter today. f

24th  Cap Anson scores 6 runs as Chicago trounces Boston 18–6 at West Side Park. Cap has 2 homers, a double and 2 singles.

In a rematch of the double one-hitter, Miller allows 4 hits and wins 3–0 over Matt Kilroy, who allows only 2 hits. Kilroy fans 16 Athletics, his high in a season in which he will set the all-time record with 513 strikeouts. He fans leadoff Wilbert Robinson 3 times.

26th The Philadelphia Phillies edge Detroit, 11–10, to drop the Wolverines out of first place.

The Chicago White Stockings take over first place, beating Boston, 10–4, behind the pitching of Clarkson. Ned Williamson and Mike Kelly homer for the Whites. Chicago’s percentage is now a lofty .727, while Detroit’s is .717.

27th Chicago rolls by Philadelphia, 13–1, behind Jocko Flynn. Jocko helps himself with a home run.

Detroit drops further back of Chicago when it loses, 7–3, to Boston. Backing the demands of his captain Ned Hanlon, Detroit manager William Watkins fines P Charlie Getzien $300 for insubordination.

28th  Phillie C Deacon McGuire returns to action after suffering a broken finger and commits 8 passed balls. Manager Harry Wright and captain Art Irwin get into a loud argument over replacing McGuire, and the demoralized Phils lose to Chicago, 13–8.

29th  The first usage of the word Charley horse appears in the Atlanta Constitution (as noted by philologist Sam Clements): “Sullivan, of Charleston has a Charley Horse in his head.” Barry Popik notes the usage appears in a September 29, 1886 issue of Sporting Life: Joe Quinn is troubled with a Charley-horse.” William Safire (NYT December 6, 2003) notes that H.L. Mencken in The American Language supplement II writes that Baltimore Oriole lefty Charley Esper was so called “because he walked like a lame horse.”

30th  Chicago (NL) outslugs Philadelphia, 13–10, to maintain a 2 1/2 game lead over Detroit. The Phillies are paced by Ed Daily’s 9th inning grand slam, off John Clarkson.