1890 August

1st Oyster Burns becomes the first Brooklyn player to hit for the cycle when he collects 4 hits in the 2nd game of a twin bill with Pittsburgh. The game is called after 7 1/3 innings with Brooklyn on the front end of 20–1 score.

2nd  Chicago PL second baseman Arlie Latham is sold by his former team, St Louis (AA), to the Cincinnati Reds for $2,500. When Arlie is given $500 of it, he leaves the Brotherhood and joins the Reds.

3rd  When Rochester tries to entertain St. Louis at Buffalo for an AA game, both police and the rain show up again. Meanwhile, Syracuse takes Louisville to the Iron Pier Grounds outside the city limits, where police appear. This time Louisville forfeits the game.

5th  The Cleveland Spiders drop a 10-6 decision to the Chicago Colts, but it is not Bob Gilks’s fault. Gilks drives in 6 runs on two three-run doubles to set a ML record for most 3-run doubles in a game. It will be tied but not topped. His doubles come in the 2nd and 8thinnings.

6th  Long John Reilly, hitting for the cycle for the 3rd time in his career, leads Cincinnati (NL) to a 16–3 romp over Pittsburgh. This cycle record would later be equaled in the 20th century by Bob Meusel and Babe Herman.

Cleveland’s Cy Young makes his ML debut, beating Chicago, 8–1, on a 3-hitter, in the first of two with Chicago. Cleveland loses the second game, 7-1, to rookie Pat Luby.

Phils manager Harry Wright returns to active managing after being struck blind (possibly by diabetes) on May 22. The 2nd place Phillies lose to New York, 9–5.

7th Chicago (Players League) romps over Cleveland, 18–4, with Jimmie Ryan leading the way. Ryan swipes 4 bases and hits a home run to pace the winners.

In Cincinnati, Pittsburgh scores 9 runs in the 9th inning but still fall to the Reds, 23-17. Bid McPhee has two triples, a double and single as he scores 5 runs.

8th  In Cleveland. The Chicago Colts win, 7-0. Chicago Colt pitcher Bill Hutchinson loses a no-hitter in the top of the ninth inning (the home team batting first) when Cleveland third baseman Will Smalley stops Hutchinson’s effort with a dinky popup hit, per the Chicago Tribune: “That one hit was hardly worthy of the name. It was struck in the ninth, when Chicago infielders were playing close. A little, low fly was struck back of first by Smalley, and Anson could not get it. Earle also missed it after trying his best to get it, and Smalley was safe on first.” (as noted by Frank Vacarro).

12th William “Farmer” Weaver of Louisville (AA) hits for the cycle, collecting 2 singles, a double, 2 triples off Ezra Lincoln and Ed Mars of Syracuse. Weaver will go 4-for-5 tomorrow against Titcomb of Syracuse.

Charlie Bennett homers in the 12th inning off Philadelphia’s Phenomenal Smith to give Boston a 1-0 victory.

In Cincinnati, John Reilly homers in the 10th inning to give the Reds a 2-1 win over Cleveland.

16th  It’s a bad day for Pittsburgh’s Bill Phillips as he becomes the first pitcher in ML history to give up 2 grand slams in one inning. Tommy Burns and Malachi Kittredge each hit one as Chicago scores 13 runs in the 5th inning en route to an 18–5 victory at Chicago’s West Side Park. Chan Ho Park will tee up two slams to Fernando Tatis in 1999 to match Phillips. It is the second time this season that Chicago has scored 13 runs in an inning.

The Phillies tighten the NL race with a 10-3 victory over the host Bridegrooms, cutting Brooklyn’s lead to two games. Bob Allen hits a grand slam in the 9th inning off Bob Caruthers.

Host Philadelphia (Players L) loses to Brooklyn, 4-1, when rookie Bill Joyce hits a 2-on 2-out 9th inning drive to CF for a three-run homer. Umpire Gaffney decides all 3 runs can score even though only one is needed to win. The ump will be overruled and the homer will be disallowed. The score will revert to 2-1.

18th In one of the earliest pinch hitting appearances noted, Pittsburgh’s Silver King hits for Pud Galvin, fouling out in Pittsburgh’s 9–3 loss to Chicago (The Sporting Life, as noted by Cliff Blau, with additional information from David Ball and John Lewis). King finishes the year with a .169 average, up a point from last year.

In Philadelphia, Dave Orr, playing for the Brooklyn Wonders (PL), belts a homerun over the left field fence, a distance of 400 feet. Brooklyn wins, 11-8.

20th Bert Cunningham, pitching for last-place Buffalo (Players League) tosses 2 complete-game victories over Chicago, winning 6–2 and 7–0.

21st Pittsburgh loses to Brooklyn, 4–1, and doesn’t look like it is going to get much help from rookie Mike Jordan, who debuts today. Jordan will go 12-for-125 with no homers. His .096 batting average is the lowest ever for a player at bat more than 100 times.

In a PL game at New York, the Giants spank the Cleveland Infants, 13-1, pinning the loss on Jersey Bakley. For Jersey, it is his 20th loss this season, and matches his 20-loss seasons in the UA, AA and NL. No other pitcher has ever lost 20 games in four different leagues.

22nd The dismal Pittsburgh Alleghenys trade Billy Sunday to the Phillies for two rookies, Eddie Burke and Bill Day, and $1100. Sunday will finish the season with the Phils and then chose the pulpit by next March.

23rd  Jim Field ices the game for Rochester with a 9th-inning grand slam, off Ed Seward, as Rochester beats Philadelphia, 9-2.

24th  Count Campau hits his second grand slam of the season as he connects in the 6th off Louisville’s Red Ehret. St. Louis wins the Sunday game, 10-4.

25th  Brooklyn (AA), losers of 17 of its last 18 games, disbands; the team (26-73) moves to Baltimore where it finishes the season.

The Baltimore club of the Atlantic Association finishes the season in first place.

26th  Plans are made to organize a league of women’s baseball clubs.

28th  Sid Farrar of Philadelphia (PL) hits 3 triples and knocks in 6 runs in a 15–2 stampede of Buffalo.

29th Boston (AA) mauls Pittsburgh 18–0 as Hoss Radbourn picks up the easy win over Al Maul.

In a PL game, William Brown connects for a 4-run homer off Lady Baldwin and New York beats Chicago, 11-5.

30th In the first of two games, Hardy Richardson connects for a 5thinning grand slam off John Tener as Boston (PL) beats Pittsburgh, 16-4. They complete the sweep with a 5-2 win in game 2.

31st  A game between the “Chicago Female Base Ball Club” (a.k.a. Black Stockings or Black Stocking Nine) and the Allertons at Monitor Park in Weehawken, NJ on draws a crowd of 7,000– 10,000, as noted by historian Deb Shattuck. This is the largest crowd to watch a women’s game in the 19th century, according to Ms. Shattuck. The Black Stockings lose 8-11 in seven innings, when a mob of fans rush the field stopping play. The Decatur Morning Review writes that There were 10,000 people present and they were a rough lot. The game began all right, but it ended in a riot. The boats from this city only run every hour but they were crowded to the water’s edge for hours before the game was called. The opponents of the fair ones were the members of a crack amateur team, known as the Allertons.”