1888 August

2nd  Claiming illness, Brooklyn captain Dave Orr misses the practice session. But later in the day he is spotted at Coney Island, and owner Charles Byrne removes him as captain.

3rd  Cowboy rookie Billy Hamilton, recently purchased from Worcester, steals his first base in the ML. Before returning to the minors in 1902, Sliding Billy will amass 937 stolen bases, a record till 1979.

5th  The Athletics hold a Sunday game at Gloucester, NJ, across the river from Philadelphia, beating the Cowboys 6–0, behind Ed Seward’s 4-hitter and Denny Lyon’s 2 homers. Gloucester will be the site of 30 AA games through the 1890 season.

7th  At a stormy session in Philadelphia, AA owners finally vote to allow 25-cent admission again but drop the percentage system of paying visitors and replace it with a $130-per-game guarantee.

At Cincinnati, John Reilly lines a 14th inning inside-the-park homer to give the Reds (AA) a 4-3 win over Baltimore.

9th Detroit loses its 9th in a row thanks to a mental error by vet Deacon White. With the potential winning run on 3B in the bottom of the 9th for the Phillies, White fields a ground ball and throws the runner out at 1B, while the winning run crosses the plate uncontested.

10th  Tim Keefe wins his 19th consecutive game to break Hoss Radbourn’s 1884 record. The Giants nip the Alleghenies 2–1 to win their 10th in a row and 18th in 19 games. They now lead by 7 1/2 games.

12th  St. Louis’s Charles “Silver” King posts his 30th win of the season, besting the Athletics with a 2–0 two-hitter. The game is marred by the collapse of an elevated walkway at Sportsman’s Park, but there are no serious injuries.

14th  Tim Keefe’s winning streak is stopped at 19 games when Gus Krock and the Colts beat the Giants 4–2 before a crowd of 10,240 at New York.

15th After convincing Louisville owner Mordecai Davids onto lift his suspension, Colonel lefty Toad Ramsey pitches his first game in 5 weeks. Toad is bombed for 13 runs in less than 2 innings.

17th  Washington rookie SS Shorty Fuller sets a ML record by making 4 errors in one inning, allowing Indianapolis to score 6 runs. Fuller is replaced, and the Senators tie the game 7–7 before new SS George Shoch’s 2 errors in the 8th open the way for 4 runs and an 11–7 loss.

20th  St. Louis nudges past Brooklyn 1–0 on brilliant baserunning by Arlie Latham. He opens the game with a single, steals 2B, and scores from 2B on an infield out. Silver King wins the pitchers’ duel from Mickey Hughes.

21st  After making 6 errors in the final 2 innings to blow a 2–0 lead, Detroit loses to Indianapolis 8–3 for its 16th consecutive loss.

22nd  Two one-hitters in the AA today, Jersey Bakely of Cleveland stopping Cincinnati 3–0 and Silver King of St. Louis beating Brooklyn 4–2. King’s bid for a no-hitter ends in the 9th inning when Browns outfielders Tip O’Neill and Harry Lyons allow an easy fly to drop between them.

Baltimore manager Barnie is fined $100 for calling umpire Doescher a “stinker.”

24th  Cap Anson goes 5-for-5, and Jimmy Ryan is 4-for-5 with a HR as the Colts rout the Wolverines 14–4. Anson’s .344 batting average and Ryan’s 16 HRs will be league-leading figures for the season.

25th  New York’s Tim Keefe wins his 30th game of the season, beating the Phillies 7–0. This is the 5th year in succession that Keefe has reached the 30-win mark. Mike Tiernan helps with the first of 2 cycles in his career.

27th Unpopular William Watkins finally resigns as Detroit’s manager and is replaced by Bob Leadley. The Wolverines celebrate by losing to Harry Boyle and the Hoosiers, 6–0.

Tom Brown’s grand slam in the 7th off Mickey Welch provides all the Beaneaters scoring as Boston beats first-place New York, 4–2.

29th  Australian-born Joe Quinn makes his debut with Boston a memorable one by hitting a game-winning HR in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Gotham’s ace Tim Keefe, 2–1.