1889 July

2nd  President Davidson surrenders his financially strapped Louisville franchise to the AA, unable to pay his players’ salaries. New local ownership is announced on July 5th.

4th Seven of 8 holiday matchups end in splits, with Chicago getting the only 2 game sweep, over Washington.

5th John “Sadie” McMahon wins his debut for the Athletics over Louisville, 9–1, on a 6-hitter. McMahon has been signed from the semipro Norristown club.

The Cleveland Spiders surge to within a game of the NL lead with a dramatic 2–0 win over front-running Boston. Pitchers Ed Beatin and John Clarkson lock in a scoreless duel until the 9th when King Kelly misjudges a long line drive by Chief Zimmer and follows with a wild throw, allowing Zimmer and another runner to score.

6th After having left the team to see ailing relatives in Worcester, John Morrill is released as player-manager of the Washington (NL) team. SS art Irwin is named as his successor, beginning what will be three terms as manager of Washington.

7th Jim White and Jack Rowe finally agree to terms and sign players contracts with Pittsburgh. The two had been holding out hoping they could play for minor league Buffalo, a team the pair bought in December. But the NL remained adamant with its threat of expulsion for all Buffalo players (and opponents) if White and Rowe were to play for the Bisons, so the veterans gave in. Management of Buffalo is turned over to Jim’s brother Will White.

8th  The New York Giants finally open the new Polo Grounds at 155th Street and 8th Avenue with a 7–5 victory over Pittsburgh. In 25 games in exile on Staten Island and in Jersey City, the Giants drew 57,000 fans. In 38 games in their new Manhattan home, they will draw 144,000.

9th The Reds outscore the visiting Baltimore team to win, 16–10.

10th Roger Connor goes 3-for-3 and hits the first home run at the Giants’ new park as New York finishes sweeping a series with Pittsburgh.

12th Although he is working on a no-hitter, John Clarkson is lifted after 5 innings to rest him for his next start. Boston reliever Bill Sowders allows just one Pittsburgh hit in finishing the 13–1 win.

13th St. Louis slugger Tip O’Neill has a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with 3 walks, scoring 5 runs, and driving in 4 to pace the Browns to a 25–5 rout of Baltimore and Bert Cunningham.

14th  A. G. Spalding’s plan for classifying minor leagues is printed across the nation. It calls for strict salary and draft-price limits according to the class of the leagues, features that will serve as the basis for a century to come.

15th A dramatic 2-out, two run home run in the top of the 9th by Danny Richardson lifts the Giants to a 7–4 win over Chicago, giving New York its 7th consecutive win in its new park. The string will snap tomorrow.

16th Indianapolis manager Frank Bancroft announces his resignation effective July 20. In the next 4 days he will stay and help Jack Glasscock, his successor, adjust to his new duties. Bancroft says he is retiring from baseball, but he will be back in 1891 and work as the Reds GM from 1892 until his death in 1921.

20th The Alleghenies run their losing streak to 12 games by dropping a pair to the Phillies, 4–3 in 10 innings, and 16–1. George Wood and Sam Thompson each hit 2 homers in the nightcap.

21st Dan Shannon wins his first game as captain of the Colonels, 3–1 over Kansas City (AA). Shannon took over yesterday from Chicken Wolf.

22nd Pittsburgh beats Cleveland, 7–2 to snap their 12-game losing streak.

24th  Joe Dowie of the Orioles goes 5-for-6 in a 17–3 plastering of Louisville. Dowie would wind up with only 17 hits in his big-league career.

25th  A fatigued Horace Phillips is given a vacation from managing the Pittsburgh club, captain Fred Dunlap taking over. On August 1st, Phillips would suffer a mental breakdown and eventually be placed in an asylum.

26th  Cleveland loses 8–4 despite a fluke grand slam HR by Jay Faatz, who hits a ball that ricochets off of Pittsburgh 3B Jim White’s foot and goes under a row of temporary seats behind third base. This gives Faatz time to circle the bases with arguably the shortest grand slam in history.

Brooklyn, the eventual AA winners, clobbers the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 20–6.

27th With 2 outs in the 9th, the Athletics score 6 runs on 2 errors, 2 doubles, a single and a home run by Henry Larkin to defeat the Cowboys (AA), 12–10.

29th  Poor baserunning by the pitcher costs Baltimore dearly against St. Louis. In the opener, Bert Cunningham is thrown out at home in the 9th inning as the Orioles lose, 4–3. In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Matt Kilroy pitches a 7-inning no-hitter but has to settle for a 0–0 tie because he fails to touch 3B while scoring a run in the 3rd inning.

Boston wins a ten-inning, 7–6 decision over Philadelphia (NL), but the Phils claim they are robbed by Mike Kelly. When Phillie slugger Sam Thompson hits a ball apparently over the fence in right field, Kelly runs back and then fires a ball to the infield, depriving Thompson of his homer. The Phils claim Kelly used a hidden ball trick, but the umpire rules it is the game ball. Thompson does not score.

Young Willie McGill, 15 years old, pitching for Evansville (Central Indiana L) hurls a 3-0 no-hitter over Davenport.

31st The Athletics beat the Browns, 7–3, thanks mainly to the great work of catcher Lave Cross, who throws out 4 base stealers and saves pitcher Gus Weyhing from many wild pitches.