1887 July

1st  The Phillies and Wolverines set an all-time record by scoring in 15 of the 18 half-innings played. Detroit prevails, 17-13.

3rd The Browns forfeit a game in Louisville by refusing to resume play after a rain delay.

4th  Dave Fouts of the Browns has a banner day at the plate, driving in 9 runs with 2 HRs and 5 hits in the afternoon game of a doubleheader against the visiting Mets after having hit a HR in the morning game. St. Louis wins both 15–2 and 20–3.

5th Although Fred Dunlap suffers a serious leg injury that will keep him sidelined for 2 months, Detroit beats Boston, 16-8, to push the Beaneaters into 3rd place.

6th  Alex McKinnon leaves the Alleghenies suffering from symptoms of typhoid fever. He has been having his best season, batting .365 (.340 not counting walks), but will die of the disease within 2 weeks.

7th Denny “Reddy” Mack of Louisville (AA) is called out at home for interference after apparently scoring the tying run in the 9th inning. He stays at home plate to prevent Brooklyn C Bob Clark from making a play, and umpire Wesley Curry calls him out for interference, despite the fact that no rule exists. The Colonels lose, 4–3.

10th  Enforcing a new law barring business on Sundays, St. Louis police stop today’s game and arrest owner Chris Von der Ahe. Within a week, however, a judge will rule baseball exempt from the law.

In Cincinnati, the Reds (AA) outkick New York, 21-7. The Reds score 8 runs in the 2nd inning.

11th  Horace Fogel takes charge of the Indianapolis team as manager. Like Ollie Caylor of the Mets, Fogel is a sportswriter by trade.

12th Veteran Cincinnati OF Charley Jones is sold to the Mets. He has been hurt by the new strike-zone rule, since he can no longer call for high pitches only.

14th  In Newark for an exhibition game against the International League Little Giants, Cap Anson refuses to allow his NL champion Chicago White Stockings to play against Newark’s Fleet Walker and George Stovey, the black battery. Newark caves in to Anson’s demands, and uses Hughes and Cantz as the battery. The Little Giants win, 9–4. Four years earlier, when Walker was playing for Toledo, Anson demanded that the catcher not appear in a game against Chicago or he’d pull his team. That time, it was Anson who backed down, and Walker caught the game.

The Alleghenies agree to the Giants’ offer of $2,000 for slumping P Ed Morris. But the deal would fall through because of fan indignation in Pittsburgh.

The International League’s Board of Directors meets in Buffalo and declares that no new black players will be allowed in the league. Although not strictly enforced this season, this action spells the end of the IL as a haven for black ballplayers.

15th  John M. Ward quits as captain of the New York Giants, now a disappointing 4th. Buck Ewing succeeding him at the post. Ward, a Columbia Law School graduate, is busy organizing the new players’ Brotherhood.

18th  Paced by George Wood’s 2 HRs, the Phillies beat the Wolverines 12–2, as the league-leaders suffer their first 3-game sweep.

21st Detroit manager William Watkins fines his 3rd string battery of Briody and Weidman. Dissension is rife throughout the team, but Watkins does not have the guts to fine the more prominent malcontents.

22nd  Master Jack Chapman, age 14, 4 months and 2 days short of 15, pitches for Philadelphia against Cleveland in a 9–0 forfeited game. This is his only ML appearance. Chapman is the only player younger than 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall who will appear in the majors in 1944.

26th  Philadelphia (AA) catcher John Milligan has 3 assists in the 3rd inning of a 3-2 victory over Cincinnati. Milligan sets a ML record that won’t be tied until 1914, by Les Nunamaker.

For the fourth time this season, opposing pitchers hit homers as John Clarkson for Chicago and Pete Conway for Detroit both hit fourbaggers. Chicago wins, 8-1.

27th  Led by Ned Hanlon’s grand slam off Mark Baldwin, the Detroit Wolverines (42-25) top the White Stockings (40-27), 10-4.

29th  Washington downs Indianapolis, 23–6 in a game called after 7 innings by mutual agreement because of the heat. After Frederick Fass is knocked out of the game with two outs in the first inning, outfielder Jack McGeachy takes the mound for 6 1/3 innings. Indianapolis ties it in the 3rd but McGeachy allows 17 runs, 8 earned to make Washington’s win an easy one.

30th  On Staten Island, the Mets defeat the visiting Cincinnati (AA) squad, 6–4, in 10 innings. Long John Reilly has three doubles for the Mets. Kid Baldwin of the Reds is quoted in the New York Times about his teammate Pop Corkhill, “He is the greatest outfielder who ever lived. He has dropped just 2 balls in 4 years.”