1881 July

2nd  Boston loses in Buffalo 7–4, and the Reds fall to last place for the first time in the clubs’ proud 10-year history.

4thMickey Welch pitches Troy to two victories in Buffalo, 8–3 and 12–0, allowing a total of 10 hits. As noted by historian John O’Malley of NYC, this is Welch’s 16th straight win over Buffalo (5/29/1880 to 7/4/1881). Bob Ferguson is 6-for-10 in the doubleheader, the first ever separate admission morning-afternoon twinbill.

Detroit also plays a doubleheader, beating visiting Worcester, 11–8 and 7–3.

5thChicago beats Boston 13–11 in a game in which the lead changes hands 4 times.

7thBoston errors help Chicago to a 5–4 win. By contrast, Silver Flint, Chicago catcher, stops a Boston rally by strategically dropping a 3rd strike to start a DP with the bases loaded.

12thChicago continues its winning ways beating Worcester, 12–6. Ned Williamson has a perfect day at the plate with 3 singles, a triple and homer.

13thLF Mike Moynahan throws 2 runners out at home to help Cleveland beat Troy, 3–2.

16thSecond place Buffalo nips leading Chicago, 10–9. Dan Brouthers ties the game with a 2-run triple, then scores the winning run.

18thBoston outhits Troy 7 to 3, but still makes enough errors to lose, 3–1.

20thBuffalo completes a 3-game sweep of Chicago, winning 11–7, and reducing Chicago’s lead to 3 1/2 games.

21st  Cleveland loses at Akron 4–0 in a game that takes just 1:18 to complete, the shortest game any of the reporters can remember.

22ndChicago loses to Detroit 6–4 as all 3 potential base stealers are thrown out by Detroit C Charley Bennett.

23rdThe Only Nolan is 4-for-4 and pitches Cleveland to a 7–3 win over Buffalo. Yesterday, Nolan was 4-for-5 while playing 3B.

26thChicago snaps its 5-game losing streak with a 9–4 win in Detroit. George Gore has 2 triples and a single.

28thFred Dunlap has 4 hits to pace Cleveland to a 11–2 win over Chicago.

29thOld Dickey Pearce is given a benefit in New York on the 25th anniversary of his joining the old Atlantic club. He’ll use the proceeds to set himself up with a “wine saloon” in Brooklyn.

30thFred Dunlap is 4-for-5, completing a series in which he goes 11-for-14 and handles 25 of 27 chances at 2B. However, Chicago salvages the final game in the series, 7–6, and stealing 7 bases.