1893 August

1st   Pittsburgh crushes hapless St. Louis, 25-2 in game 1, then wins the second game, 6–1 on 17 hits, just 3 fewer than they garnered in the earlier match. Frank Killen wins both games en route to a 34-win season.

At the Polo Grounds, New York beats Brooklyn, 8-3 behind Amos Rusie. Ward’s triple with the bases loaded is the big support.

In the Ball Players Sweepstakes at the Pelhamville Gun Club, dark horse Mark Baldwin outshoots all the competition to win. Les German, who club members felt had the best form, was a close second, losing only when a shot bird landed one foot out of bounds. Captain Ward, the favorite, finished last with just two birds shot. Before today, Ward had been considering challenging Cap Anson, one of the best amateur shots in the country.

2nd  Philadelphia snaps Boston’s 9-game winning streak with a 7–4 victory.

Baltimore rallies for four runs in the bottom of the 9th for an 8-7 win over Washington.

4th  Washington suffers yet another late inning shock as Philadelphia erupts for 7 runs in the 10th for a 14-7 win.

5th  Brooklyn unveils its new cleanup hitter—5 foot 4 inches Willie Keeler—against first place Boston. Despite hitting .313 in this role for his new team, Keeler is released to the Binghamton, NY, team of the Eastern League on August 26th. The Beaneaters are unfazed, winning 6-3 and 12-5.

Bill Hallman scores 5 runs to pace the Phillies to a 21-8 thrashing of Washington.

While traveling between Cleveland and Chicago at 10:20 p.m., the Lake Shore train carrying the Chicago team derails. Three people are killed and several team members are bruised but CF Jimmy Ryan is hurt seriously and he will remain in the hospital for the rest of the season. The 1894 Reach Guide states “ . . . it is doubtful whether his recovery will be entire while he lives. So bad were his injuries, that the railroad company compromised by paying him $10,000.” According to the Chicago Tribune account, Ryan was put out with ether and “had the wounds on his legs reopened and sewed up a second time. A gash on his right leg seven inches long and two inches wide was inflicted.” The train was traveling fast to get to Chicago Sunday morning in time for a Sunday afternoon game. As noted by historian Dan Levitt, the Reach Guide also mentions the deaths of three umpires killed in train accidents: Ben Young, a “well-known umpire” in a rail collision in Oregon in 1890; NL ump Tom Zacharias, run over in his hometown of Homestead, PA; and Southern League ump William Nelson who died after he fell under a moving train.

7th  Facing a lefthanded Brooklyn pitcher, New York 1B Roger Connor bats righthanded for the first time in his career and slugs 2 HRs and a single in a 10–3 win.

In his final career game, Phillies rookie Frank O’Connor, a Dartmouth College recruit, gives up 2 runs in one inning, allowing 3 walks, in the Phils 14-9 loss at Baltimore. O’Connor will retire with an 11.25 ERA, (as noted by Bill Deane) but with a 1.000 batting average. With a single in his previous at-bat, O’Connor slugs a three-run homer in the 3rd inning in his final plate ML appearance. His slugging average in 2.500.

8th Sam Dungan of Pittsburgh starts the game against Chicago by scoring from 1B as George Van Haltren’s wild throw rolls into a rat hole under the grandstand. Pittsburgh finishes up by scoring 5 runs in the top of the 9th and hanging on for a 9–8 win.

11th  Philadelphia collapses at the end, allowing 6 runs in the last 2 innings to lose 10-7 to New York.

12th  After making 3 errors in a 9-3 first game loss in Cleveland, St. Louis LF Jesse Burkett is criticized for forgetting to follow Elmer Smith’s example and wear sunglasses. Cleveland wins game 2, 4-3.

14th  The Phillies’ Billy Hamilton is diagnosed with typhoid fever, and will miss the remainder of the season.

16th  Bill Hawke of Baltimore pitches a 5–0 no-hitter against Washington.

At Philadelphia, the Phillies lose a shutout to Boston and Kid Nichols. They won’t be shutout at home again until October 3, 1898, a record 367 games.

19th In the first game of a twinbill with Pittsburgh, four Boston batters get hit by pitches in the 2nd inning to set ML record. Boston wins 13-10 with game 2 ending in a 5-5 tie.

Amos Rusie fires a 2-hit shutout to lead New York to a 2-0 win over Cleveland.

20th  Chicago C Malachi Kittridge allows a Washington player to score as he sweeps off the plate without calling time out. Chicago still prevails, 11–7.

At Boston, the Reds Frank Dwyer takes a 7–5 lead into the bottom of the 9th. After two singles, Bobby Lowe walks, and a wild pitch follows, leaving 1B open. Dwyer hands out an intentional walk to Hugh Duffy to get to cleanup hitter and future Hall of Famer Tommy McCarthy (as noted by Clifford Blau). Two singles follow giving Boston the game.

21st  Visiting St. Louis frustrates Philley fans for the 3rd straight time by winning in the bottom of the last inning, 9-8.

24th  After incessant rains, the Polo Grounds OF is flooded with nearly 2 feet of water. Officials respond by moving the diamond 45 feet closer to the grandstand. Chicago handles the conditions better and defeats New York 10–4.

25th  Lowly Louisville upends Philadelphia with a 4-run rally in the bottom of the 9th to win, 8-7.

Fan-favorite outfielder Steve Brodie is sold by the St. Louis Browns to the Baltimore Orioles (estimates are $800 to $2500) where he’ll blossom.

29th  Baltimore scores 5 runs in the 9th to turn back Cleveland, 9-7.