1887 August

1st Elmer Smith of Cincinnati stops the New York Mets, 11-1, and also leads the Reds in hitting by collecting 4 hits, including 3 doubles. Lynch takes the loss.

4th St. Louis P Silver King feels ill, so he switches positions with RF Dave Foutz. After one inning, however, King returns to the box and beats Cincinnati, 7–2.

6th  Charlie Buffinton of the Phillies allows one real hit and 2 “phantoms” (walks) in shutting out Indianapolis, 5–0.

7th NL Secretary Nick Young issues stats that put Dan Brouthers at the head of the batting list with a .455 average.

9th  Charles Buffinton pitches his 2nd straight one-hitter (not counting walks), beating Chicago, 17–4. “Buff” is making a successful comeback after being given up on by Boston last winter. The only hit is Fred Pfeffer’s home run.

At Baltimore, the New York Mets and Baltimore (AA) play a nine-inning, 10–10 tie, called on account of darkness. In the 8th inning Baltimore leftfielder Joe Sommer records three assists, all on throws to home plate on base hits. His first throw is muffed by catcher Lawrence Daniels, but his next two nip runners.

At Pittsburgh, the Alleghanys whip the Beaneaters, 23-3.

10th  Tip O’Neill gets his 10th consecutive hit (including one walk but not including one HBP) before being retired by Cleveland pitcher John Kirby. Against the Babies, Tip will finish the season with an astounding .652 average (60-for-92) including 10 walks, or .610 without walks.

12th  At the Mets’ grounds on Staten Island, Philadelphia Athletic batter Gus Weyhing hits an apparent triple that RF Bob Hogan kicks into the stage of the play “The Fall of Babylon.” Since the ground rules at the park call for a double on hits into the theatrical set, the umpire orders Weyhing back to 2B. After a futile argument, the Athletics leave the field and forfeit the game, 9–7.

13th The White Stockings beat the Wolverines, 8–2, with Clarkson pitching and hitting a HR. Detroit’s lead narrows to 1 1/2 games.

14th  St. Louis P Dave Foutz suffers a broken thumb when hit by a line drive. When he eventually returns to pitching, he will be ineffective. St. Louis tops Cleveland, 8-1.

15th  John Clarkson and Chicago beat Detroit again, 6–4 this time. Since the NL has just thrown out a protested game previously awarded to the Wolverines, this leaves Chicago and Detroit tied for first place.

16th  Detroit bounces back and beats Clarkson and Chicago 5–3 with a 5-run 4th-inning rally to regain sole possession of first place.

17th  Managing from the press table costs Ollie Caylor and the Mets a game. With a Baltimore runner on 3B in the bottom of the 10th inning, manager Caylor yells last-second instructions to C Bill Holbert. Just as Holbert turns around to look at the press stand, P Al Mays begins his delivery. When Mays sees Holbert turned away, however, he stops, committing a balk that sends the winning run across the plate for the Orioles.

Boston and Washington play a regular game in Worcester, MA, hometown of Senator manager John Gaffney. Boston wins, 6–5.

18th Chicago C Tom Daly misses a 4th strike and drops a throw, costing his club a run each time and allowing Pittsburgh to win, 2–1.

19th After missing 3 weeks with malarial fever, Bob Caruthers returns to the Browns’ lineup with a 6-for-6 day (including 2 phantoms), as St. Louis thrashes Philadelphia, 22–8. St. Louis (70-24) boosts its lead over 2nd place Louisville to 17 games. The confident Browns allow the baseball editor of the Globe-Democrat to pitch and as his paper reports, “. . . Joe Murphy, the local amateur, baseball editor of the Globe-Democrat, pitched an excellent game, and after the second inning, received superb support. . . . “ Murphy had played 10 major league games before, all in 1886 (as noted by Steve Boren).

Roger Connor hits a 7th inning grand slam, off Charles Buffinton, to pace New York (NL) to an 8-6 win over Philadelphia.

Paul Hines hits a grand slam for Washington in the 9th inning, off Kid Madden, but it is not enough as the Senators fall, 8-6, to Boston.

20th Vet pitcher Jim Whitney pitches the Senators to 2 wins in Boston, the town where he achieved his greatest glory. Bill Stemmeyer picks up both losses for Boston, 3–1 and 4–3.

23rd Ned Williamson hits a HR over the distant CF fence in Boston’s South Ends Grounds, only the 2nd ball ever hit over that area in the park’s 17-year history. But the game and HR are washed out by rain.

25th In Philadelphia’s 8-6 win over host Cleveland, outfielder J.C. Carroll wears sunglasses. The Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that he wore “colored spectacles. ” The reporter writes that that Carroll is thinking of adopting them permanently and that the idea is a good one.

26th Although they make only 4 legitimate hits, the White Stockings take advantage of 10 Giant errors to beat New York, 5–2.

27th  Mike Kelly and Ezra Sutton score 6 runs each, a ML record for 2 teammates, as the Beaneaters trounce the Alleghenies 28–14. The score is the biggest ever yielded by a Pittsburgh ML team.

29th  Denny Lyons of the Athletics is held hitless for the first time since May 23rd, ending a 52-game hitting streak. In 2 of those games—July 22 and August 19, however, Lyons’s only hits were actually bases on balls, which are counted as hits this year. As noted by historian Bill Deane, Joe DiMaggio’s streak of 56 games in 1941 would actually be 74 under the rules of 1887.

30th  Blondie Purcell succeeds Tom Burns as the Baltimore Orioles’ captain. The high-strung Burns overstepped his bounds yesterday when he threw a ball at the opposing pitcher after grounding out in the 9th inning.

31st  The Mets use 5 pitchers while being bombed by Louisville (AA), 25-11, becoming the first team ever to use that many pitchers in one game. For Louisville, the victory is the 6th in a row, during which time the Colonels scored 92 runs. Pete Browning made 23 hits and stole 12 bases during the streak. Louisville beat New York yesterday, 23–5.