1884 July

1st  At Cincinnati, Hick Carpenter has 5 hits including 4 long hits (2 homers, 2 doubles) to lead the Reds to a 16–5 win over Washington.

2nd  Bid McPhee smacks 4 hits, including a HR and a double, to support Gus Shallix’s one-hit pitching and give Cincinnati (AA) a 16–1 romp over Washington.

4th  Before a crowd of 8,000, Louisville (AA) ace Guy Hecker defeats Brooklyn in a morning game (5–4) and again in the afternoon (8–2) en route to a season total of 52 wins. This remains the AA record.

Boston (UA) 2B Tom O’Brien makes 5 hits, including a ball that disappears into a dirt heap and cannot be dug out in time to prevent O’Brien from circling the bases. Thanks in part to the groundskeeper (or lack thereof) Boston whips Kansas City 22–3, one of three different games (in three different leagues) that are decided by 16+ runs.

In Chicago, the Philadelphia Nationals fumble their way to two losses. Chicago takes the morning game, 3–1, as the Phillies make 8 errors. In the 22–3 loss in the afternoon, the Phils phumble 11 times. Ned Williamson clubs a grand slam in game 2, off John Coleman, one of a record 27 homers he’ll hit this year. Coleman lost a record 48 games for Philadelphia last year.

In an unusual doubleheader arrangement between three UA teams, Cincinnati is victorious over Baltimore, 9–2, then wins the 2ndgame, 12–10, over St. Louis. St. Louis was stopped in their first game, against Washington, 12–1. Washington beats Cincinnati in their game 2, 8–4.

5th  After a 17–2 loss at Cincinnati (AA), Philadelphia Athletic pitcher Al Atkinson deserts his club for Chicago (UA)—the first player to break his contract and join the UA.

The KC Cowboys (UA) lose to the Boston Reds, 17-2. Henry Luff, in his last game, is 0-for-3 with 4 errors (as noted by David Nemec). Luff, who started the year with his hometown Philadelphia team, is 1-for-19 for the Cowboys.

6th  Louisville slips past New York (AA) into first place with a 5–1 win over Baltimore.

Indianapolis (AA) teenager Pat Callahan legs out a inside-the park homer, at 17 years, nine months the youngest player to ever hit one.

7thIn one of the masterful games of the 1880s, One Arm Daily strikes out 19 as visiting Chicago (UA) downs Boston, 5–0, to snap an 11 game losing streak. At one point, Daily strikes out 7 in a row. Some accounts of this game give Daily 20 strikeouts because a baserunner reached 1B on a dropped third strike. According to biographer Frank Vaccaro, the Boston Morning Journaltomorrow credits Daily with 20 strikeouts. The only hit for Boston is a triple by Ned Crane in the 6th. The first baserunner against Daily comes in the 4thinning when Walt Hackett is awarded 1B because Daily’s release point on his pitches is way above the belt, something he is warned about the entire game.

9th  In Baltimore, the first-place Maroons (UA) top the Unions, 8-2. Pitcher Henry Boyle, playing in his debut game, homers for St. Louis.

10th  Hugh “One Arm” Daily of Chicago (UA), having tied Charlie Sweeney’s one-game record of 19 strikeouts in his previous outing July 7th, becomes the first ML pitcher to hurl consecutive one-hitters twice in a season, defeating Boston 2–1. His four one-hitters in a year is a ML record equaled by Grover Alexander in 1915. Boston third baseman John Irwin nabs Charley Householder with a hidden ball trick (as noted by Bill Deane).

In the AA’s longest game of the season, Louisville ace Guy Hecker emerges after 15 innings a 5–4 victor over Baltimore ace Bob Emslie.

11th  P William “Bolliky Bill” Taylor, who deserted St. Louis (UA) after compiling a 25–4 won-loss record, wins in his first outing for Philadelphia’s Athletics (AA), a 5–2 four hitter vs. Toledo. He will go on to win 17 more games for the A’s in 1884.

12th  Boston (NL) C Mert Hackett is struck on his mask by a foul tip, and his forehead is gashed by one of the mask’s wires. Louisville (AA) C Dan Sullivan is forced to leave a game the same week when a foul ball breaks through his mask.

15th  The NL Chicago White Stockings send rookie Mike Corcoran to the mound and last place Detroit collects 16 hits off him in a 14–0 pounding. It is Mike’s only appearance. He does leave with one ML record as his 5 wild pitches matches the rookie mark set two years ago. His teammate and brother Larry Corcoran, who won yesterday and tomorrow, will rack up another 30-win season this year, winning 163 games in 5 years.

16th  Kansas City’s (UA) James Donnelly puts his name in the record books by making 6 errors as his team loses to Baltimore, 17-5. This will be tied several times in the 19thcentury, including a game in two weeks.

19th  Boston’s (UA) Fred “Dupee” Shaw holds pennant-bound St. Louis to one hit while fanning 18 batters, but loses the game 1–0 when batter Bill Gleason gets all the way to 2B on a dropped 3rd strike and scores on a wild pitch. In his outings of July 16th, 19th, and 21st, Shaw will amass 48 strikeouts, a ML record for 3 consecutive games (as is his 2-game total of 34 strikeouts on July 19th and 21st). (Ernie Lanigan lists the one hit today as made by Joe Quinn).

20th  Cincinnati star Charley Jones slugs 3 triples to propel his club to a 17–5 rout of Indianapolis. The victory puts the 5th-place Reds within 2 games of the lead in the tight AA race.

22nd  Providence star Charles Sweeney is suspended without pay after he refuses to move from the mound to RF in the 9th inning with a safe lead over Philadelphia. Sweeney fails to appear for the 9thand manager Frank Bancroft finds him the clubhouse putting on street clothes. Providence plays the 9thwith just 8 men because of the rule that specifies no subs unless there is an injury. Sweeney quits the Grays and jumps to St. Louis (UA), for which he wins 24 games for a season’s total of 41. As a result, Charles Radbourn is forced to pitch almost every game for the rest of the year. Sweeney’s stubbornness has an immediate effect today as substitute P Joseph “Cyclone” Miller surrenders 8 unearned runs and gives the Athletics a 10–6 win. But with the unruly and alcoholic Sweeney gone, Providence will rally to win 26 of their next 27 games.

Columbus (AA) slips into first place past Louisville and the Mets with a 5–1 win over Toledo.

24th  The New York Mets (NL) move past Columbus into the AA lead, rising from 4th place in 5 days. They beat Boston today, 5-3.

26thAt Trenton, William Fox of Trenton pitches a 2-1 no-hitter against York. It is the Eastern League’s first no-hitter.

28thProvidence (NL) rookie Cyclone Miller works the first five innings against Philadelphia. The Grays trail, 4-3, after 5, but rally for 4 runs in the top of the sixth. Hoss Radbourn replaces Miller and pitches 4 scoreless innings to earn the win. Under later rules, Radbourn would have a save, not a win, but this will help him win 60.

At the Jefferson Street Grounds, Brooklyn (AA) loads the bases in the 9thbut the A’s turn a triple play to beat the Atlantics, 7-4. (courtesy SABR Triple Play database).

30th  Lon Knight of Philadelphia (AA) goes 6-for-6 to lead the Athletics to a 19–11 win over Washington.

Showing why they lead the AA, the Metropolitans take their 11th straight win, 11–5, over Brooklyn.