1886 July

st  Jim McCormick raises his record for the season to 16-0, pitching Chicago to a 7–3 victory over New York. This record start will be topped by Rube Marquard in 1912.

3rd  Jim McCormick loses his first game of the season as Mickey Welch and the Giants win, 7–3. The sore hands of C Mike Kelly and 5 hits by Monte Ward are the key factors.

Behind the pitching of Amos Alonzo Stagg, who will make his mark as a football coach,         Yale beats Harvard in the deciding game of the college championship.

5th  Pittsburgh’s (AA) Fred Carroll gets a ML record 9 hits in a doubleheader. Pittsburgh wins 15-1 and 13-2 over Baltimore. Carroll’s mark will be tied but not topped.

Louisville sweeps a pair from New York, winning 5-4 and 3-2. Louisville slugger Pete Browning is suspended after his stumbling, erratic play today. The Colonels are mired in 5th place, 11 games behind the Browns.

7th  Today’s issue of Sporting Life shows 5 pitchers in the top 7 spots on the AA batting-average list. Dave Foutz, Bob Caruthers, and Guy Hecker play enough at other positions to be contenders for the batting title.

8th Little used Browns pitcher George McGinnis shuts out Baltimore, 10–0. His reward? He’s sold to the Orioles a few hours later.

9th Joe Start plays his last NL game, a 9-1 Washington loss to Boston. The 43-year-old first baseman began his career around 1860, long before the NL was even dreamed of.

11th  During the second Sunday game played in Cincinnati after owner Louis Hauck dropped his objections, a riot breaks out. Umpire George Bradley is hit by a beer mug hurled from the rowdy Cincinnati crowd and retreats to the directors’ room in the 6th inning. He returns to complete the game. The Reds lose to the Grays 11–7. The incident strengthens the position of many religious and political leaders that Sunday baseball attracts mostly “hoodlums” and “foreigners” and should therefore be banned. While this advice is followed in most ML cities, Sunday baseball in the Queen City continues and proves to be extremely popular with all “classes” of people.

12th Ed Daily is carried off the field on the shoulders of Philadelphia (NL) fans after saving the game with his relief pitching and winning it with 2 triples and a double. Philadelphia wins, 7-6, over New York.

13th After Cap Anson of Chicago is quoted in a St. Louis newspaper saying that the Browns would “come in something like 5th or 6th” in the NL, two Browns bring $200 to the White Stockings hotel and challenge Anson to put his money where his mouth is. No bets are made, but the stage is set for a bitterly contested series in the fall.

Paced by Charley Jones’ 7th inning grand slam, Cincinnati beats Brooklyn, 9-4. John Harkins serves up the slam.

16th  At St. Louis, Detroit’s Sam Crane umpires when the regular ump fails to appear. Not surprisingly, his Detroit team wins, 7-3. It is the 3rd game in a row that Crane has umped: he did the previous two games in Kansas City.

17th The elegant new club house is opened at the Mets’ Staten Island park. However, owner Wiman’s amusement park is becoming more profitable for theatrical events than for baseball.

20th Cap Anson, Jimmy Ryan and Abner Dalrymple homer in the 3rd as Chicago trounces St. Louis 20-4 at West Side Park.

21st After pitching well for 10 innings, Detroit P Charlie “Pretzel” Getzien becomes disgusted with his support and gives up 10 runs, a NL record for the frame, to Kansas City in the 11th inning and loses, 12–2. Manager William Watkins is disgusted as well and fines Pretzel $100—$10 for each run—and CF Ned Hanlon $25 for their poor play.

22nd  The news leaks out that Chicago owner Spalding has hired detectives to shadow the White Stocking players and report on their drinking habits. Seven players are fined $25 each, but many have bonus clauses above the $2000 salary limit that are contingent on their sober conduct, so it may cost them much more.

24th  Bill “Adonis” Terry no-hits St. Louis as Brooklyn wins 1–0. Terry walks 2 men, and 3 others reach base on errors.

25th Bill Terry follows yesterday’s no-hitter with a complete game winner, beating Pittsburgh, 6–3. He gives up 10 hits.

27th The Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players announces its existence. There are chapters in most NL cities.

28th St. Louis P Dave Foutz holds Baltimore to one hit and wins, 6–0.

29th For the second day in a row, Baltimore is held to one hit in a 6–0 loss. Today it is Louisville’s Tom “Toad” Ramsey doing the pitching and giving up a 1st inning single to leadoff hitter Pat O’Connell. The Orioles are the 2nd of 10 teams in history to get 2 hits in 2 games. Some accounts report this as a no-hitter: Reichler quotes the July 30 Baltimore Sun that “Ramsey, the great left-handed pitcher of the Louisville Club, had the Baltimore team completely at his mercy yesterday at the Huntingdon Avenue grounds. Not a single safe hit was scored against him during the game.” The LouisvilleCourier also reports that “the official scorer of Baltimore did not give the home team a single hit.”

30th Incensed by yesterday’s insults from Giants’ captain Ward, ump John Gaffney demands an apology before consenting to work today’s game. When Ward refuses, Gaffney leaves the grounds. Pittsburgh P Jim Galvin is drafted out of the stands and pressed into service. He does a good job as the Giants edge the St. Louis Maroons, 2–1, in 10 innings.

31st  Tom Ramsey pitches a 13-inning 16-strikeout one-hitter—a double by Fulmer—to beat Baltimore 2–1. It is Ramsey’s 2nd consecutive one-hitter in 3 days, and the 3rd time in 4 games that the Orioles have gotten only one hit. Matt Kilroy is the Baltimore pitcher. The Baltimore Sun will report this as a no-hitter tomorrow stating “Not a single safe hit was scored against him during the game. He retired 16 men on strikes and did it with such regularity that the audience repeatedly cheered him and laughed at the home players. He pitched the greatest game ever seen in Baltimore.”