1890 July

1st  For the second time in 4 days Jack Stivetts serves up a grand slam to a Rochester hitter, but again he escapes with a win as St. Louis downs the Hop Bitters, 7-5. Deacon McGuire hits the grand slam in the 1st inning.

2nd  Home runs frowned upon? Phillie (NL) OF Billy Hamilton, the team’s leading hitter at .325, hits one of his 2 homers of the year in a 7–5 win at Chicago. The Spalding Guide comments: “This (only 2) is to be said to his credit as it shows he is working hard for his club; his idea being to get on first base and thus increase the chances for runs rather than fatten his own record for long hits.” Hamilton will hit 40 homers in 13 years, topping .300 in all but his last year. He’ll be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1961.

At Toronto (IL), Detroit wins a 16-inning 2–1 battle, considered the finest contest ever seen in Canada. Toronto outhits the winners, 12–8, but 2 of Detroit’s hits produce the winning run.

4th  After taking two from Columbus, 4–1 and 9-7, the Philadelphia Athletics lead the AA with a 40-20 record. But they will fade fast going 6-15, while Louisville is 16-4 to take the lead.

7th  Brooklyn begins a 15–3 run that brings them closer to PL-leading Boston as Gus Weyhing, the Human Hatpin (Ernie Lanigan), beats Chicago 4–0 for one of his 30 wins. Boston is never caught and finishes 61⁄2 games in front. Boston will also lead the PL at the gate with a reported 197,346. But it has become apparent that the daily expense of just over $1,000 will not be met by any team on the 50-cent admission.

8th  Make it count. Count Campau slugs a 6th inning 4-run homer, off Dan Casey as the St. Louis Browns top Syracuse, 13-5.

11th  Chicago’s Cap Anson is awarded an intentional walk, one of the earliest ever recorded (as noted by historian Dixie Torengeau), by Jouett Meekin of the Giants. With the score tied in the 11th, Bill Dahlen doubles, and a wild pitch sends him to 3B. Lange is semi-intentionally walked on 4 pitches, and Meekin allows him to steal 2B. Then he pitches four wide ones to Wilson (NY catcher), who stands ten feet to one side of the plate. He permitted Lange to steal second without opposition, and then pitched four wide ones to Wilson (NY catcher), who stood ten feet to one side of the plate. “Capt. Anson (the batter) was aggravated at this deprivation of a chance to win the game by making a hit, and sought to reach one of the curves that Meekin was putting so far away from him.” ChicagoTribune. “The spectators laughed at Anson’s impotent rage and the Captain was forced to walk to first, filling the bases.” Meekin then retires Ryan, who had doubled in a run in the 4th, Decker, and Pfeffer to preserve the 2-2 tie. Chicago’s other run was a leadoff homer by Everitt, the leadoff hitter. Meekin loses the game in the 12th when Donohue hits a leadoff double and botched sac bunt leaves Friend safe at first. Meekin winds up and fakes a throw to 1B without stepping out of the box. Anson gets a balk call from ump Bob Emslie and wins 3–2.

Brooklyn moves into the NL lead by beating the Reds 9–2 for its 9thwin in a row. The team finishes 6 games in front as the Reds fall to 4th. Monte Ward continues his hit streak he started on June 26thand will continue through July 26th, a string of 28 games.

12th  A local boy named Lewis, whose first name is unknown, shows up at the Brooklyn (PL) ball grounds and is given a tryout by Buffalo, which is suffering from injuries to George Andrews and Dave Orr. He works 3 innings, is battered for 13 hits, walks 7, and retires to LF trailing 20–5. Lou Bierbauer hits 2 homers in the 3rdoff Lewis. Ed Beecher relieves. Buffalo rallies but loses 28–16. Lewis leaves a 60.00 career ERA in the ML record books.

15th  New York (NL) owner John B. Day tells other NL owners he must have $80,000 or sell out to the PL. Spalding, Anson, Brush, and others come to the rescue to prevent New York’s withdrawal from the league.

16th  Behind the pitching of Ad Gumbert, Boston (PL) shuts out Buffalo, 19-0.

Sam Thompson hits his 2nd career grand slam in the 1st inning off Charlie Heard to pace the Phillies (NL) to a 15-3 win over visiting Pittsburgh.

In St. Louis, the Browns (AA) triumph, 9-8, over Philadelphia behind the pitching and hitting of Tom Ramsey. Ramsey is 5-for-5 at the plate.

19th New York sweeps a pair from Cleveland, winning 18-4 and 7–5. In game one, the Giants score a ML high for the 2nd inning when they tally 13 off Jack Wadsworth. With a 16-1 lead after two innings, pitcher Mickey Welch goes to right field for the rest of the game, and right fielder Jesse Burkett finishes up. Burkett will go 3-10 in 21 games this year, but hit .309 as an outfielder.

20th  After Rochester beats Columbus in a Sunday game 8–3 at Windsor Beach, both teams are arrested. A week later the police are there to prevent a game against Louisville but a higher authority intervenes and the game is rained out.

21st  John Reilly scores 5 runs as the Reds (NL) run over visiting Brooklyn, 20-11. Cincinnati scores 8 runs in the 8th inning.

Al Myers hits his second career grand slam to pace the Phillies to a 20-7 pasting of the visiting Pirates. The 4-run homer comes off Charlie Heard, who was touched for a grand slam five days ago.

22nd  Today’s edition of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle mentions a night game to be played tomorrow in Hartford against visiting Baltimore. The article states that the local electric company is going to put six large arc lights on the field in an attempt to get patronage from those fans who could not attend day games because of work. The article mentions the need to use a dead ball because the ball will be lost in the shadows of the lights on high flies.

23rd  Harry Stovey, the leading slugger of the Boston Players’ League club, hits his 100th career home run. He is the first ML player to attain this milestone. Boston rolls over Chicago, 22–5.

1B Jake Raatz of Cleveland (PL) moves to Buffalo to replace SS Jack Rowe as captain. Rowe was one of the original owners of the franchise.

In a 13-8 loss to Columbus (AA), Mike Morrison of Syracuse uncorks 7 wild pitches (as noted by Ernie Lanigan, 1923).

26th  Philadelphia (NL) beats Cleveland, 5–2, running their win streak to 16 games, tying a club record set in 1887.

At West Side Park, Brooklyn bombs Chicago rookie Pat Luby, beating him 9–3. Luby’s record is 3–9 but he will not lose a game the rest of the year, winning a ML-record 17 in a row.

27th  Brooklyn (AA) leads Columbus 13–8 in the 8th at the Long Island Grounds in a Sunday game when they run out of baseballs and are forced to forfeit the game.

28th At Chicago, Philadelphia (NL) loses, 12–4, ending their club record win streak at 16 games.

Mickey Welch becomes the second pitcher this season to win 300 career games, as the New York Giants beat Pittsburgh, 4–2. Welch, 31, will win just 7 more. Welch makes 3 errors while striking out 3. There are just 147 fans on hand in Pittsburgh for the match (according to author Rich Westcott).

After losing 6-2 at Brooklyn, Columbus (AA) fires non-playing manager Al Buckenberger and brings in Gus Schmelz, who sports a big bushy beard which he uses to give signals by pointing with it. Schmelz has recently been fired by Cleveland NL. Buckenberger will be the man Connie Mack replaces as manager at Pittsburgh in 1894.

30th The Cleveland Spiders purchase Cy Young from Canton of the Tri-State League and he will make his NL debut in a week.