1st In Philadelphia, first place Boston loses a hard fought game, 5–3, in 13 innings. Kid Carsey bests Kid Nichols as both starters go the distance. Clement and Sam Thompson each have 4 hits for the Phillies, with three of Big Sam’s going for doubles. He now has six doubles in two games (June 29), tying a ML record. Thompson will have 4 hits tomorrow as well, but all will be singles.
2nd Louisville takes advantage of a 7th-inning fight to score 2 runs amidst the confusion, but still loses to Cincinnati 6–5.
Pittsburgh rolls over Cleveland, 12-1. Pink Hawley loses his bid for a shutout when he heeds the yelled advice of Cleveland coach Patsy Tebeau to throw to first and inexplicably throws to an empty base, Jake Beckley being way out of position, allowing Ed McKean to scamper around to score.
St. Louis hits a ML record four triples and scores 11 runs in the first inning off Scott Stratton on its way to a 15–9 victory over Chicago. Heinie Peitz has two triples in the frame. The Browns are the first team to collect 4 triples in an inning. For Stratton, it is his last ML game.
3rd Baltimore beats New York, 5–4, in 10 innings to move past Boston into first place. For the first 4 innings, the plate umpire is Ben Tuthill, prompting The New York Times to state, “just where Nick Young, President of the Baseball Players, found Ben Tuthill no one knows. . . . for he doesn’t know the difference between a ball and a strike.” Finally Bob Emslie, who was umping at 1B, replaces Tuthill. Tuthill will ump at 1B tomorrow, getting suckered on two plays by the players.
At Louisville, the Cincinnati Reds down the locals, 15–9. Arlie Latham is nearly arrested by two constables in the middle of the game, but the Reds manager pleads with them to wait till the game is over. Latham is then arrested for owing $81 to a Louisville whiskey company for an unpaid purchase made four years ago when he owned a saloon in Cincinnati.
In a game played under 25 electric lights in Chattanooga, the host team beats Little Rock, 10-4. The light was “not as light as day by any means” and the pitchers did not try and put anything extra on the ball. Only six baseballs are required to complete the game.
4th For a twinbill with the visiting Reds, Chicago shortens the OF playing area by 100 feet to accommodate the crowds. The umpire rules that balls hit into the crowd are homers and Cincinnati pitcher Frank Foreman takes advantage in the 2nd game by hitting 2. Not till 1945, when Bucky Walters does it, will another Reds pitcher match this. But Foreman is punched for 6 homers as Chicago wins, 9–5. Chicago also takes the opener, 8-7.
Before a crowd of 22,918, the largest in the NL this season, the Phillies edge the visiting Washington team, 4-3. The Phillies are tied with Brooklyn and Cincinnati for 6th place in the NL, but all three are just 4 games in back of first-place Baltimore. The Phillies will end the season drawing 473,255 fans, the highest attendance of the 1890s (as noted by historian Bob Tiemann).
5th Tommy Dowd hits a two-out, two-run triple in the 9th to give St. Louis a 6-5 win over Louisville.
6th The Reds take a 8-0 lead in the 2nd inning against Brooklyn and then holds on for a 16-15 win.
8th Approaching the midpoint of the season, Baltimore leads 8th-place Philadelphia by only 31⁄2 games. The top 4 teams (Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, and Pittsburgh) are within one game of each other.
15th Chicago collects just 2 earned runs but beats the Phillies 16-8. Bill Dahlen has 1 hit, a homer, and scores 4 runs. Cross has a homerun for Philadelphia.
In front of the largest crowd of the season, Newport beats the Cuban Giants 5-4 in 11 innings.
17th Cleveland surges into a first place tie with Pittsburgh on the strength of a sweep of a doubleheader with Baltimore, winning 13-9 and 6-3. Just 2 days ago the Spiders were in 6th place. Chief Zimmer has a grand slam for Cleveland, his second of the year. It comes against Dad Clarkson in the 8th (as noted by David Vincent).
In the tight NL race, the Reds bake the visiting Beaneaters, 12-1 and 6-1. In the first-game thrashing, Tom Parrott completes a consecutive hitting streak of 10 safeties (as noted by historian Trent McCotter). The Reds are now tied for 3rd place, a game out. The Giants are in 9th place, 5 ½ games out of first place.
In Chicago, the Nationals scores 12 runs in the 4th inning to overcome the Phillies, 12–7. The game is called after 6 innings, with rookie Walter Thornton victorious over Jack Taylor.
21st Baltimore’s 10–6 win in Cincinnati, coupled with a Cleveland loss, puts the Orioles back into first place.
In Boston, the Beaneaters whip the Giants, 14-3. Rookie catcher Fred Tenney hits his first ML homer, off Jouett Meekin, for Boston. The Beaneaters are virtually tied for first place, just 5 percentage points back.
22nd Not for long. Baltimore splits a doubleheader with Pittsburgh, winning 12-0 and losing 9-8, and Cleveland tops Washington 8–6 to reclaim first place by one percentage point. Nine teams are still within 6 games of the Spiders. Cleveland is helped by rookie Patsy Tebeau, who debuts when Harry Blake becomes ill during the game. Patsy is 1-for-1 with a steal and two runs scored. Pitcher Nig Cuppy also falls ill and Cy Young wins the game in relief.
23rd First-place Cleveland takes a pair from visiting Washington, winning 9-8 in 11 innings and 6-3 in a 5 ½ inning game shortened by darkness. When Cleveland scores 5 in the first inning in game 2, Washington resorts to stalling tactics by throwing the ball high and playing one inning with the outfielders sitting in the infield. Cleveland answers by striking out and refusing to run out hit balls. Bill Joyce has a pair of homeruns off Cy Young in the losing effort.
Perry Werden becomes the second Millers player to hit 4 homers in a game as he connects at Hiawatha Park in Minneapolis in an 18-5 win over the Detroit Tigers (Western League). The National League veteran joins William Kuehne who hit 4 in a game last month.
24th Cleveland shows how it got into first place by scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning—after which the game was called—to beat Washington 12–8.
25th Fred “Bones” Ely and Joe Quinn each get 5 hits to propel St. Louis to a 20-3 rout of Brooklyn.
The Reds roll over the visiting Phillies, 19-3.
27th Not satisfied with a 5-run 8th inning margin, Baltimore scores 11 runs in the 9th to clinch a 22-6 victory over Louisville. Six of the runs come against Bill Childers in his only ML appearance. He retires 0 batters and retires with an infinity ERA.
29th Philadelphia outscores Boston, 7-4, in the 9th inning to earn a 12-10 decision.
30th Before a crowd of 920, Louisville pounds the St. Louis Browns, 18-2. Louisville scores 8 runs in the 5th with the help of Frank Shugart, who has two triples in the inning. Shugart has 4 hits and three triples in the game.
At Washington, the New York Giants vote down the Senators, 17-5, with the help of Amos Rusie, 23 hits, some poor officiating, and poor play by the Senators. “It was an exhibition of yellow ball from beginning to end,” sniffs the Washington Post. Young umpire Hunt, who took the blame for the poor calling, was assisted on the basepaths by a local amateur John Heydler, who the Postcomments called an excellent game. A ladies day crowd of 2800 fans watched.
31st St. Louis suffers its 2nd ninth-inning burial in 4 days as Louisville adds 10 runs to claim a 15-7 come-from-behind win. Ted Breitenstein gives up the ten spot.