1889 August

1st Charles “Pop” Smith, just purchased from Pittsburgh for $2,000, makes his debut for Boston in a 3–2 loss to Washington.

2nd An error in the 15th inning by Cleveland SS Ed McKean allows Chicago to win, 8–7. McKean will lead the NL in errors the next two seasons.

4th John Ewing of the Louisville Colonels (AA) stops the Philadelphia Athletics, 7-0, to give the Colonels their 20th win of the year. It is Ewing’s last victory of the season as he’ll go winless in his last 15 games to finish with 30 losses. The 20-67 Colonels will go 7-44 to finish the season at 27-111. Ewing will be released in November and will rejoin his brother Buck in the Players League.

The Dallas Hams beat the first-place Houston Babies for their 15th consecutive win in the fast fading Texas League. Dallas trails by only 1 1/2 games, but the league will fold by August 14 leaving Houston in the lead.

5th New York’s Mike Tiernan hits a pair of home runs, including the tie breaker in the 8th, to give the Giants an 8–7 win in Chicago.

7th Cleveland scores 14 runs in the 3rd inning, still the ML record for that frame, and beats Washington 20–6. Mike Sullivan, making his first start for the Senators after 5 relief appearances, takes the entire pounding.

8th Jack Glasscock is 5-for-6 and hits for the cycle against Mickey Welch as Indianapolis drubs New York, 14–1.

9th At Chicago’s West Side Park, John Tener defeats Boston’s John Clarkson, 9–0. Hugh Duffy has 2 HRs, both inside-the-park, to help in the win.

Boston manager James A. Hart signs a personal services contract with Chicago owner A.G. Spalding to become Spalding’s secretary starting in November. Hart will finish the season with Boston before spending 17 years with the Chicago club and serving as its president from 1891 until 1906.

10th Cincinnati’s (AA) Jesse Duryea coasts to a 20–0 laugher over visiting Baltimore. Frank Foreman is the loser. Hugh Nicols has 5 of the Reds’ 26 hits.

Leading Brooklyn by only .00025 coming into the game, St. Louis turns back the Bridegrooms in 10 innings, 4–2, on triples by Tommy McCarthy and Tip O’Neill.

11th Eighteen St. Louis hits and 10 Brooklyn errors add up to a 14–4 victory for the Browns (AA), to the delight of 14,000 St. Louis fans.

12th An 11–0 two-hitter by Elton Chamberlin completes a 3-game sweep for St. Louis (AA), boosting the Browns’ lead over the Bridegrooms to 3 1/2 games. Total paid attendance is 32,911.

13th Ned Hanlon makes his debut as manager of Pittsburgh, and beats Boston 9–0 to knock the Beaneaters out of 1st place in the NL for the first time since May 11. Hanlon will manage in the ML for 19 years, winning 5 NL pennants.

14th Chicago scores 10 runs in the 8th inning to whip Philadelphia, 19-7, at Chicago’s West Side Park. Ad Gumbert wins over Kid Gleason.

Three walks, an error, and a grand slam by Dave Orr in the 1st inning starts Columbus (AA) off to a 13–0 rout of St. Louis. Mark Baldwin pitches a 2-hitter.

15th  Larry Twitchell has a 6-for-6 day as he cycles at the plate with a single, double, 3 triples, and a HR off Mike Madden. The five extra-base hits tie a record set in 1885. Twitchell also pitches to 2 batters in the 3rd inning before returning to the outfield. His 16 total bases will be topped by Ed Delahanty in 1896. Cleveland wins 19–8 over Boston, and becomes the first team in NL history to score in all 9 innings in a game.

17th Jimmy Ryan hits a grand slam in the 6th off Mike Sullivan to provide half the runs in Chicago’s 8–4 win over visiting Washington.

18th The Sabbatarians having won a favorable ruling in the local courts, the Cincinnati police stop the Reds’ scheduled Sunday game. Losing the lucrative Sunday gate will add to the Reds incentive to jump from the AA to the NL with its higher admission price—$.50 to $.25.—but with its ban on Sunday games.

19th The Bridegrooms overcome an 8–1 deficit to beat the Colonels (AA), 9–8, and close with a half game of the Browns.

The Phillies beat up on Washington, whipping the last-place team, 14-1. Joe Mulvey hits a grand slam in the 6th, off Alex Ferson.

20th With a 10–4 decision, the Beaneaters beat the Giants for a second day in a row, increasing their NL lead to 3 1/2 games.

Pittsburgh tops Cleveland, 6–1, as Ned Hanlon hits his 2nd career grand slam. It comes in the 7th off Ed Beatin.

22nd After being given a life on a muffed foul in the 9th inning, Buck Ewing blasts a 2-run triple to key a 5-run rally that enables the Giants to beat the Phillies, 8–4.

The Reds whip visiting Brooklyn, 18–5.

In the AA, Kansas City whips Philadelphia, 8-3, using two bases-loaded triples to win. It sets an AA record and matches the NL mark.

24th Mike Kelly’s 2 hits and 4 stolen bases pace Boston to a 9–3 triumph over Washington.

25th In the AA, the last-place Louisville Colonels (22-82) triumph over Columbus, 8-5, as pitcher Paul Ehret helps by going 5-for-5.

The Reds (AA) try and play a Sunday game in Hamilton, Ohio, 12 miles north of Cincinnati, but are again stopped by the authorities.

26th In a play that foreshadows the ‘Merkle boner’ of 1908, Mike Kelly saves a 5–4 victory for Boston in the bottom of the 12th inning by crossing the plate with the winning run and then grabbing the ball from Sid Farrar so that the Phillies cannot throw it to 1B and retire the batter Dick Johnston. Johnston had the winning hit but failed to run it out. Kelly is attacked by a mob of fans and has to hide under the grandstand protected by players from both teams until extra police arrive.

27th Jocko Milligan of the Browns collects 4 hits and 6 RBIs in a 19–1 rout of the Cowboys. Milligan’s 3-run double in the 1st inning starts the scoring.

28th A 2-out homer in the bottom of the 10th inning by Jimmy Ryan—his 4th hit of the game—gives Chicago an 8–7 win over Cleveland.

The second place New York Giants spank the last-place Washington Senators twice, winning, 16-3 and 7-5. Acting the part of a Senator in game 1 is Harry Corson Clarke, a long-time thespian, who is 0-for-3 in his lone ML appearance. Clarke is in the circle of DeWolf Hopper, Digby Bell and possibly Ben Tuthill as Base Ball cranks among the theatrical community.

29th Throwing errors by NY pitcher Mickey Welch and 3B Whitney allow Boston to score 3 runs in the 8th inning to win, 6–4, in game 1 of the final head-to-head series between the 2 NL contenders.

30th A 2-run homer by Mike Tiernan and a steal of home by Jim O’Rourke are the highlites of a 5-run 7th inning by the Giants. New York beats the Beaneaters, 7–2.

31st The final game between Boston and New York ends in a 9–9, 8-inning tie before a paying crowd of 14,364 at the Polo Grounds. The Beans’ Billy Nash stars with 2 runs, 3 hits, and 3 RBIs. Boston leaves town 2 games ahead in the NL standings.