1888 July

1st With the release of Dave Rowe, Sam Barkley takes the reins as captain-manager of the KC Cowboys (14-36).

2nd During a morning practice game at Recreational Park, Pittsburgh’s captain Fred Dunlap is struck by a hard hit ball and his right jaw is broken. He will be out of action for several weeks.

4th With the Reds trailing 2–0 in the 4th inning of an a.m. game against Brooklyn, John Reilly, Kid Baldwin and Jimmy Peoples delay the game with various stunts. They’ll get fined $25 apiece for their high jinx. They do succeed in holding the game up until the anticipated rain comes in the 5th to wash out the potential defeat. The weather improves in the afternoon and the Reds beat the Grooms, 9–3.

At Chicago, 20,000 fans watch the 2 games with Philadelphia, splitting 10–8 before losing 6–5. President Spalding has 2 ticket speculators arrested outside the grounds of the morning game and had them locked up for violating a law prohibiting the selling of tickets on the street.

Will Hutchison, a college star who has spurned numerous pro offers since leaving Yale in 1881, finally signs, inking a contract with Des Moines (Western Association). He will pitch his team to a pennant this year and later star with Chicago (NL).

5th  The AA meets in St. Louis and refuses to allow its clubs to reduce admission prices from 50 cents to 25 cents. It also adopts a system of double substitute umpires in case the assigned umpire fails to show up for a game, one substitute player from each club sharing the duties.

6th  The Brooklyn AA team, led by former Browns Bob Caruthers, Dave Foutz, and Doc Bushong, makes its first appearance of the series in St. Louis and is feted with a parade to the ballpark. The 3 pace the Bridegrooms to a 6–2 victory over the Browns to take over first place.

7th  The Southern League collapses under financial strain. The New Orleans club will join a truncated Texas League later this month.

Dave Foutz, ex-Brown, drives in the tying and winning runs with 2 outs in the 9th for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms to beat the Browns, 4–3. Foutz is popular in St. Louis and is carried off the field by the Mound City fans.

Kansas City (AA) finishes a 13-9 win over the visiting Baltimore Orioles with a 9th inning triple play. (courtesy SABR Triple Play database).

9th  With slugger Sam Thompson already sidelined with a sore arm, Detroit suffers another crippling injury when Hardie Richardson, Fred Dunlap’s replacement, breaks his ankle and is lost for the season. Detroit beats Washington today, 3–2.

10th Brooklyn scores 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th and 1 in the 10th to beat St. Louis, 5–4, and sweep the 4-game series. Bob Caruthers drives in the winning run and wins his 3rd game of the series.

New York’s Tim Keefe notches his 19th straight victory in beating Pittsburgh, 3–1.

12th The first place Chicago White Stockings play host to last place Washington and provide too much hospitality, losing 22-9. Ed Daily’s second career grand slam in the 6th inning is the big blow for the winners.

Bill Hulbert plays in his last ML game, a 3-1 loss to Kansas City. The veteran Brooklyn catcher has 2335 at bats without a homer.

13th The Pittsburgh Alleghenies shut out Boston 4–0 and 6–0 for the first double header shut out in history.

Cleveland announces the signing of Tom Loftus to replace manager Jimmy Williams, who resigned 3 days ago.

14th  The AA’s substitute umpire system proves a failure after Brooklyn sub Adonis Terry tells his teammates that he heard KC manager Sam Barkley order sub Jim Donahue to call a Bridegroom runner out in the 9th inning of a 5–4 game. The Grooms walk off the field in protest, forfeiting the game, 9–0.

17th  Tommy McCarthy’s 6 stolen bases pace the St. Louis Browns to 15 steals and a 10–3 victory over Kansas City. McCarthy also goes 5-for-5 at the plate.

18th Detroit defeats Chicago, 5–0, and climbs over the Colts into 1st place. Pete Conway twirls a 5-hitter for the Wolverines.

19th Chicago regains 1st place by beating Detroit, 4–3. LF Mark Sullivan saves the game by throwing out Count Campau at home in the bottom of the 9th.

20th  St. Louis regains the AA lead by beating Kansas City 18–5. The Browns will stay in first place the rest of the season.

21st In a game in which the lead changes hands 6 times, the Spiders take the decisive lead with 10 runs in the 8th and beat the Orioles, 17–11.

22nd  The Cleveland club stages its first Sunday game at Beyerle’s Park at Geauga Lake, Ohio, 20 miles southeast of town and just across the county line. A total of 4 Sunday games will be played here this summer.

24th Detroit moves back again into 1st place with a twinbill sweep of Pittsburgh. Pitcher Ed Beatin, subbing in the OF today, is 6-or-8 for Detroit with a HR and 2 triples.

25th  Toad Ramsey misses the Colonels’ getaway train in order to avoid a warrant for his arrest at the railroad station. He is arrested later on the complaint of Louisville saloon owners who charge that Ramsey is overdue paying considerable bar tabs.

26th  Ed Seward of the Athletics pitches a 12–2 no-hitter against the Reds. Seward steals 2 bases and scores 3 times himself. Four Cincy players walk and 4 reach on errors.

27th After having caught 29 consecutive games, Giants backstop Buck Ewing sits out today to nurse a sore ankle. After official figures through July 17 show him leading the NL with 37 stolen, the Buck will stop because of leg and ankle injuries, and he’ll end the year with 53 steals, well behind rookie Dummy Hoy’s total of 82.

28th  Jimmy Ryan hits 2 triples, a single, double and a HR and pitches 7 innings in relief to lead Chicago to a 21–17 slugfest over Detroit, dropping Detroit into a first-place tie with the Giants. The Colts trail by 21⁄2 games. Ryan is the first player to cycle and pitch in the same game. He also takes a turn in the OF and, after hitting a leadoff single in the 1st off of “one of Lady Baldwin’s shoots” (noted in the Chicago Tribune by Dixie Torangeau) he steals 2B and 3B. The Tribune box score notes erroneously that Ryan has 4 hits for the game, but gives him 13 total bases.

Ed Seward follows up his no-hitter with a strong performance, but loses, 2–1, to the Reds in 10 innings. He gives up 7 hits.

Taking advantage of a record-tying 6 errors by Joseph Werrick, Cleveland (AA) defeats Louisville, 12-1.

In Austin, Texas a wild bull chases the Austin outfielders abruptly ending a game.

31st  Gus Weyhing pitches the Athletics’ 2nd no-hitter in 5 games, stopping Kansas City 4–0. He walks one and hits another, but both are thrown out trying to steal.

The New York Giants take over first place by beating Washington 6–1 while Detroit is losing to Indianapolis 7–5 in 11 innings. New York will retain the lead for the remainder of the season.