1892 July

1st Chicago Evening News reporter George Bechel criticizes the play of outfielder Jimmie Ryan. Ryan responds by beating up the journalist in a clubhouse altercation, with one newspaper account accusing him of “using him up pretty badly.”

Duke Farrell legs out an inside-the-park homer in the 10th inning to give the Pirates an 11-9 victory over the visiting New York Giants.

3rd Baltimore signs 80’s star Harry Stovey, released by Boston.

4th  Tony Mullane is the only member of the Reds to object to a salary cut and is given a 10-day notice of his release. Switch pitcher Mullane will throw both hands up in tomorrow’s game, pitching both left and right handed. (as noted by historian Cliff Blau). The release will be rescinded but Mullane will start just one more game this year for Cincinnati.

6th  Sparked by a four-run homer by Lave Cross, off Ice Box Chamberlain, the Phillies top the host Reds, 11-5.

7th  Pete Browning’s five hits contribute to the Reds’ 21–2 rout of Baltimore.

8th  After losing 4-2 to Baltimore in game one, the Reds respond with a 12-5 victory in the second game. Player-manager Charles Comiskey hits a first inning grand slam off George Cobb to spark the win.

9th  John Clarkson, signed by the Cleveland Spiders after his release from Boston, responds immediately with an 8–2 win over Tim Keefe and the Phillies.

11th  Boston, having clinched the first-half championship, plays an unusual game at Chicago with team members, led by King Kelly, dressed in outlandish costumes and wearing beards. The large crowd is delighted, and the game, a 3–2 win for Boston, is surprisingly well played.

Down 8-6, the Reds Bid McPhee hits a 6th inning grand slam off Ed Crane as the Reds win the first game of a doubleheader, 12-8. The host Reds sweep by winning game two, 4–2. According to TheSporting Life, “With two men on bases, in the ninth inning, and one hand out, [Chicago player-manager Cap] Anson refused to take a base on balls. Nichols lined the ball over the plate. Anson met it and shot it to [second baseman Joe] Quinn, who caught it, and, touching second base, completed a [game-ending] double play.” (as noted by Bill Deane)

13th  Chicago pitcher Pat Luby shows another flash of brilliance as he records his only ML shutout, beating Philadelphia 1–0 at South Side Park. Luby had a streak of six straight wins in May followed by seven straight losses.

15th  NL president Nick Young watches the 2nd-half opener in Washington as Cleveland loses 3–1. A major dispute erupts between umpire Charles Mitchell and Cleveland manager Patsy Tebeau, who is fined $10. Tebeau says, “Make it twenty.” The fine is increased by installments to $50 “before Tebeau would quiet down.”

The St. Louis Browns stun the champions of the first season, the Boston Beaneaters, with a 20–3 bombardment in Boston.

19th  In losing 1–0 and 13–0 to the Bridegrooms, St. Louis extends its scoreless streak to 35 innings. The Browns, who have totaled only 15 hits in their last 4 games, will finally score after 38 innings, against New York.

21st  Tim Keefe of the Phillies outpitches veteran Jim Galvin of St. Louis, 2–0. It is Keefe’s 326th ML win against 211 losses. Galvin’s career mark is 360-306. It is the 4th and last match-up—all in July the past three years—between these two 300-game winners. The next match-up of 300-game winners will be between Don Sutton and Phil Niekro on June 6, 1986; the next NL match-up won’t come until Maddux and Clemens pair off on April 29, 2005.

Newly signed Harry Stovey smacks 3 triples and drives in 6 runs in the Orioles’ 10–3 win over Pittsburgh.

22nd  Female baseball players are not exactly accorded respect in the South. A Louisville Courier-Journal article about a mass murderer is tellingly titled “Alice Mitchell Played Ball.”

26th  Ed Delahanty gets 5 of Philadelphia’s 29 hits, including 3 doubles and a triple, in a 26–6 massacre of Cincinnati.

27th  Baltimore OF George Van Haltren, who collected 4 straight hits the day before, goes 5-for-5 against St. Louis in a 12–0 romp.

28th  The Orioles are embarrassed when an Elkton, MD, amateur hurler named Bill Hawke, signed by St. Louis, defeats Baltimore, 2–1.

30th  Boston’s 11-7 win over the Phillies leaves a three-way tie for first in the second-half race. Hugh Duffy hits a grand slam for Boston off Tim Keefe.