1880 July

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.