6th The last grand match of the season takes place at the Capitoline Grounds before 15,000. Henry Chadwick waxes, “is there another sport attractive enough to draw such attendance under such circumstances? In the summer it is not surprising as the weather is pleasant. . . but on a cold November day, in the busiest time of the year, it must be indeed an attractive sport to collect such an assemblage that is present on this occasion.” The Atlantics lead all the way to win, 27–24, and claim the 1865 championship with a record of 17–0.
13th The 9th convention of the National Association of Base Ball Players is held at Cooper Union. There are 90 clubs represented there, three times last year’s attendance.
4thCandy is Dandy. Arthur Cummings allows 4 hits as Hartford costs to an 18–0 over New Haven.
10thAt a meeting of the White Stockings stockholders, William Hulbert uses a proxy from George Gage’s widow to declare himself president of the club and to name Al Spalding as secretary.
13thCap Anson is 5-for-5 in leading the Athletics to a 10-inning, 8–7 win over Hartford.
14thOnly 200 fans are on hand but $10,000 is bet on the White Stockings against the host Philadelphias. The bettors are not wrong as Chicago uses 1st inning errors by McGeary and 4 hits for 5 runs. Chicago wins, 10–7.
24th The Chicago Tribunecalls for the formation of an organization of major professional teams: Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Hartford. “Unless the present Professional Association leadership adopts rules to limit the number of teams allowed to participate in the Championship season, all clubs will go broke.”
30thThe Boston Reds beat the visiting Blue Stockings of Hartford, 7–4, to finish the season without a home defeat. Boston finishes the year at 48–7. Only 7 teams finish the season with a total of 185 games played between them. Eighteen teams a re signed on for next season.
26th From Henry Chadwick’s column in the New York Clipper (as noted by Bob Schaeffer): “A vile habit which some catchers are prone to indulge in is that of growling at umpires and disputing their decisions or ill-naturedly questioning their judgment. . . . Aside from the fact that it is illegal and unfair, it is the worst policy a catcher can follow, for growling (complaining) only increases the prejudice of the umpire and confuses his judgment, and his errors are sure to tell against the grumbling catcher’s side.”
4th“A very singular contest took place at New Orleans, La., on April 4, 1880, when five Northern professionals succeeded in defeating the colored professional nine of that city by a score of 17 to 3.” According to the account, reported 14 months later in the Chicago Tribuneof July, 1881, Tim Keefe pitched, Charlie Bennett caught, John Sullivan played first base, and George Wood and George Creamer “were intrusted with the onerous task of filling the other six positions.” Keefe played for Albany and Troy in 1880, while the other players were teammates at Worcester.
14th The new Cincinnati ballpark on Bank Street is opened with an exhibition game between the Reds and the Washington Nationals. The park seats 3,490 and will serve professional teams in three leagues: NL in 1880, AA in 1882–83, and UA in 1884.
21st George Wright turns down Providence’s final contract offer. Since the club has turned down Worcester’s offer and will not allow any other club to negotiate with Wright, he will sit out the entire season (except for one game), the first player victimized by the reserve system.
28th Boston C Lew Brown shows up drunk at an exhibition game and is suspended for the season.
19th Boston signs P Jim Whitney, considered one of the best hurlers in California, at a salary of $150 per month The California Base Ball League opens the season. This league and the Pacific Base Ball League, both based in the San Francisco area, can offer enough to lure some big-name Eastern pro players.
29th Bobby Mathews signs with the Athletics of San Francisco. The West Coast clubs will also sign Cal McVey and Jim Galvin, among others.
31st Worcester offers Providence $1,000 for the right to negotiate with George Wright. Wright is among the 5 players reserved by the Grays under the new agreement, and that club has offered him a reduced salary, even though he led Providence to the pennant last season. Under the new reserve rule, Providence would keep Wright out of action all season.
5th Worcester is voted into the NL.
12th The Boston club cuts the price of season tickets from $14 to $12 after the Red Stockings failed to win their 3rd straight pennant last season.
20th An article in the Washington Poststates that the National Association amended their rules, allowing for the use of either a round or new four-sided bat. But the Brooklyn Eaglewill note on April 14, 1880, that “(t)he Chicago papers claim that the four-sided bat is a failure. . . . ” It subsequently quotes a Buffalo paper: “The Chicagos have tested the flat bat and pronounced it worthless,” noting that “Gore, Dalrymple and Flint say, ‘It is an impossibility to keep the ball off the ground or to prevent it going up in the air with the new bat.'”
25th Yale chooses not to join the American Collegiate Baseball Association because of professional players on other teams. J. Lee Richmond of Brown played professionally for Worcester.
11th The touring Hop Bitters club, representing Rochester, NY, wins 2 games in New Orleans against local clubs. They beat the Washingtons, 26-0, in the morning, and R. E. Bees in the afternoon, 15–4.
2nd Cap Anson paces his Chicagos to a 10–5 victory over Boston with a 5-for-5 day at the plate. He scores 4 times and drives home 2.
3rdAndy Leonard of Cincinnati makes 2 two-run errors to lose a game to Providence, 6–4. This will lead to Andy’s release, ending a career that dates back to the original Red Stockings of 1869.
4th Three of the four holiday games are decided in extra innings. Buffalo beats Worcester, 1-0, in 10 innings after Richmond gets thrown out at home place twice in earlier innings. Cleveland scores 2 in the bottom of the 14thto edge Troy, 5–4. Chicago nips Providence in 11 innings, 3–2, before a crowd of nearly 9,000, the largest for any NL game this season.
6th Troy’s Mickey Welch pitches a one-hitter to beat Cleveland, 8–1. The Trojans knock McCormick out of the box for his first incomplete game of the season.
8th Chicago wins its 21st consecutive decision, beating Providence 5–4. This streak will be surpassed only once in ML history, by the New York Giants in 1916, and will be tied by the Cubs in 1935. Chicago had set the NL record of 13 straight wins earlier this year. The victory raises Chicago’s won-lost record to 35-3, far ahead of 2nd-place Providence’s 21-16 mark.
10th Cleveland snaps Chicago’s long winning streak with a thrilling victory. The game is scoreless until the bottom of the 9th inning. Then Jack Glasscock walks, and Fred Dunlap hits a long drive to the deepest part of the park and circles the bases for an apparent HR. A lively debate ensues as to whether Dunlap gets a HR or whether the game ends the instant Glasscock touches the plate under the new sudden death rule.
11th The Chicago Tribunepublishes statistics for the White Stocking players, including runs batted in. RBI would be dropped after the end of the season.
12th A home run by Dan Brouthers off Jim Galvin gives Rochester a 4–3 victory over Buffalo in an exhibition game.
13th Corcoran pitches Chicago to a 3–0 victory over Cleveland. With Goldsmith on the sick list, the White Stockings’ pitching rotation is temporarily ended.
14th Jim O’Rourke of Boston hits 2 homers, one off Red Corey and the other off Lee Richmond, but Boston still loses, 6–5, to Worcester. O’Rourke hit a homer yesterday in a losing effort.
16th Jim Galvin wins over Monte Ward in the season’s longest pitching duel, 1–0, in 14 innings.
17th Rookie Harry Stovey hits his first ML HR, connecting off Jim McCormick as Worcester beats Cleveland, 7–1. Stovey will lead the league in triples and homers (tied) and will repeat the feat in 1891, the only player to ever do so. Only seven other players will do it once. Stovey will be the first ML player to reach 100 career HRs.
19th Roger Connor strokes 2 homers and 2 singles off Corcoran as Troy beats Chicago for the first time this season, 12–9.
21stWard and Providence gain revenge against Galvin and Buffalo by winning, 6–3 in 15 innings.
23rd Monte Ward pitches a 5–0 one-hitter against Cincinnati. A leadoff single in the first inning by Blondie Purcell keeps Ward from getting his 2nd no-hitter of the season.
24thArt Irwin’s single, 2 doubles and triple enable Worcester to beat Chicago for the first time this season, winning today, 4–3.
25thHaving guided the team to an 18–13 record in 8 weeks, Johnny Ward resigns from Providence. Mike Dorgan takes the reins.
26thChicago is beaten by the Nationals of Washington, 2–1, in 12 innings in an exhibition game in Springfield, MA. The Nationals have relocated to Springfield temporarily because of the lack of good opposition coming through the nation’s capital.
27thJim “Deacon” White finally joins the Cincinnati Reds. He had signed a contract in mid-May but had delayed his departure from home to care for his sick wife.
29thRochester Hop Bitters manager Horace Phillips disappears with $400 of the club’s money. He would later claim that he borrowed the money from owner A.S. Soule.
30thCaptain Bob Ferguson’s 5thhit of the day starts a 2-run rally in the bottom of the 9thto give Troy a 7–6 victory over Buffalo.
31stChicago beats Providence, 4–1, to snap the Whites’ only 3-game losing streak of the year. They would only have two other losing streaks of 2 games each.
1st Boston beats Chicago for the 2ndtime in a row, winning 5–4. Burdock also shocks the crowd with a 2-run homer, his first homer in professional play since June 18, 1874.
2nd Buffalo fines 1B Oscar Walker $50 for breaking his temperance pledge.
3rd Lee Richmond of Worcester shuts out Cincinnati to make it 2 shutouts in a row, 13–0 and 4–0.
4th Larry Corcoran of Chicago and John Ward of Providence battle to a 1–1 tie in 16 innings, called because of darkness. Sixteen innings would remain the longest game in big-league history until August 17, 1882, when Ward will win 1–0 over Detroit in 18 innings.
10th Boston’s Charley Jones, last year’s HR king with 9, hits 2 homers in one inning, becoming the first big leaguer to accomplish this feat. Both HRs come off Buffalo’s Tom Poorman in the 8th inning of a 19–3 rout. Jones now has league-high 4 homers, one more than Fred Dunlap.
11th Yale beats Worcester, 3–2, to raise the college team’s record against pros to 9-1 for the season. The Elis will lose 2 to Chicago and finish 10–3 versus pro clubs, including 2–2 vs. the NL.
12th John Lee Richmond pitches the first perfect game in professional history, leading Worcester to a 1–0 victory over Cleveland. RF Lon Knight saves the no-hitter by throwing out Bill Phillips at 1B for a 9–3 putout.
14th After 2 catchers are injured—Bill Holbert with a cut from a broken mask and Bill Harbidge with a split finger—Troy is forced to recruit amateur Mike Lawlor to finish the game. Not surprisingly, Chicago wins easily 16–2.
16th After having played in an a.m. game and then attended his graduation ceremonies at Brown, Lee Richmond is whisked into a special train so that he can pitch in the afternoon game in Worcester. He loses a tight game to Chicago, 7–6, in 10 innings.
17th John Montgomery Ward pitches a perfect game in Providence against Buffalo, winning 5–0. Losing P Pud Galvin makes the last out. This is the 2nd perfect game in the NL in 6 days. The 3rd will not be pitched until 1964, when Jim Bunning turns the trick.
19th Cleveland’s Jack Glasscock goes 5-for-5 with 2 doubles to lead a 27-hit attack against Troy in an 18–6 rout.
23rdBoston edges Buffalo, 7–6, in 10 innings, scoring in the top of the inning when the Bisons turn a double play while allowing the run on 3B to cross the plate.
26th Abner Dalrymple, George Gore, and Larry Corcoran, all normally lefthanded batters, cross over and bat right-handed against southpaw Lee Richmond and get one hit each as Chicago beats Worcester 4–0. The victory runs the Whites’ latest winning streak to 14 games, breaking the “old” record that they set last month.
29th Cleveland beats Boston 6–5 with Sid Gardner pitching his first league game for the season. Jim McCormick had pitched complete games in all of Cleveland’s 31 previous NL games.
First-place Chicago beats Worcester, 9-5. Fred Goldsmith scores a run circling the bases on a dropped third strike as he takes advantage of catcher Doc Bushong, who is playing injured.