1872 July

5th  The Cleveland “Forest Citys” find themselves with just eight men in the middle of their nine day East coast swing. Team captain Scott Hastings has neither starting pitcher Al Pratt (sick) nor backup pitcher Rynie Wolters (absent )at the Capitoline Grounds, just North of Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Hastings pulls occasional pitcher Charlie Pabor from left field who keeps Brooklyn’s lead to 4-3 after four innings. But the Atlantics eventually win, 10-3, behind Jim Britt (as noted by Herm Krabbenhoft).

6th  With pitcher Al Pratt still ill, Playing with just 8 men, Cleveland plays with eight men and defeats the Eckford club at the Union Grounds in Brooklyn 24–5. The pounding sends pitcher Joe McDermott out of baseball. There are 300 fans on hand. Cleveland C Scott Hastings gets 6 hits and scores 5 runs.

The Boston team under Harry Wright leaves for one of the islands in Boston’s Harbor for 10 days of hunting and fishing for a week’s vacation. Boston’s record is now 22–1.

13thThe Champion Athletics visit Brooklyn. To the delight of the large crowd, the Mutuals avenge last month’s 19–0 pasting with a 8–0 “chicago” of the champs. Candy Cummings allows 5 hits.

23rdThe stockholders of the Troy club dismiss the players on the team without paying them a salary. The players will attempt to operate as a co-op for the rest of the season.

26th  The National Association holds a special meeting, resolving that, because some teams have dropped out of the race for 1872 (Troy, Nationals, and Olympics), 9 games will be played between contending teams this season instead of 5.

29thIn only the 5th championship match played anywhere since the “chicago”, or shutout, of the 13th, the Atlantics give the visiting Reds all they can handle, losing 17–12 in 11 innings.