1885 July

1st  Chicago and Boston combine for 34 runs, the NL season high, as Chicago wins 24–10. A HR hit by Chicago SS Tommy Burns is estimated at 500 feet.

2nd Against New York, Detroit RF Gene Moriarty injures himself chasing a foul fly in the 6th inning, and he’s replaced by 25-year-old Sam Thompson in his ML debut. The future Hall of Famer singles in his first at bat on his way to a career average of .331. Detroit wins, 4-0.

3rd  Providence P Jim McCormick beats St. Louis 3–2 for his 200th career victory.

4th  An exhibition between 2 old-time clubs is played at the Polo Grounds; the Old Mutual Nine (with pitcher Reno Walters) beats the Old Eckford club (with OF Dave Eggler and 1B Andy Allison) 25–17.

Pitching for Youngstown (OH) against New Castle, ambidextrous Owen Keenan pitches a doubleheader victory, winning one game from each side (as noted in the NY Times, March 14, 1915 by Steven Steinberg)

9th  In an 8–5 Chicago win, George Gore gets 5 long hits, 3 doubles and 2 triples, off Providence’s ace P Hoss Radbourn. He is the first player to accomplish this feat. His ML record of five extra-base hits in a game has since been tied many times but not topped.

Pittsburgh’s (AA) Ed Morris shuts out New York to win, 17–0. Doug Crothers is the loser. Morris will be on the top side of an 18–0 shutout next year.

11th  Chicago releases injured P Larry Corcoran. After averaging 34 wins the last 5 seasons, Corcoran wins only 7 games in 1885—he’ll win 2 for New York—as injuries end his career. He reportedly strained his arm muscles so badly he couldn’t throw.

12th  Buffalo sells a struggling Pud Galvin (13-19) to Pittsburgh for $5,000. This would be the only year from 1879–89 in which “The Little Steam Engine” doesn’t win 20 games.

14th An infield hit by Jack Manning that Boston SS Walter Hackett can’t field in time spoils pitcher Charlie Buffinton’s no-hit bid. Boston tops Philadelphia, 2-0.

18th  The Browns (AA) lose, 8-3, to the Athletics in St. Louis, snapping their 27-game consecutive-win streak at home, still a ML record. The New York Giants in 1916 will win 26 straight at home (with one tie).

22nd Giants 1B Roger Connor becomes the first NL player to make 100 hits this season. He’ll finish the year with a NL-high 169 hits and lead the NL in hitting at .371.

27th  John Clarkson pitches a no-hitter in defeating Providence and Charles Radbourn, 4–0.

29th  In Philadelphia’s (AA) 9-5 win over Baltimore, Henry Larkin strokes a record tying 4 doubles. This is the first time anyone has had two games in a season with four extra base hits.