1869 June

5th The first championship match of the year takes place at the Union Grounds between the Mutuals and the Eckfords. Alphonse Martin handcuffs the Mutuals, allowing a run and 3 hits in 5 innings. The umpire calls the game in the 6thbecause of rain. The Eckfords win, 6–1.

8th  The largest score on record occurs in a 3-hour game between the Niagara and Colombia clubs, both of Buffalo, NY. The final score is Niagaras 209, Colombias 10. Niagara scores 58 runs in the 8th. Three hours only were occupied in amassing this mammoth total.

12th In a rematch of their June 5 game the Mutuals pound the slow-ball Martin and win, 24-8 before 5,000 fans.

15th After a rainy morning the skies clear and before 1,500 fans the Cincinnati Red Stockings defeat the champion Mutuals, 4–2. The Reds have 6 hits to the Mutuals 8. Asa Brainard scores the lead run in the last of the 9thon a passed ball.

16th The largest crowd of the year—12,000—watch Cincinnati give the Atlantics their first loss of the year, 32–10.

19th At the new Union Baseball Grounds in Boston, the first game takes place between the Brooklyn Atlantics and a picked nine from Boston. The stadium has seats for 3,000, and is 396 feet by 635 feet, and enclosed with a 12-foot fence. The game ends in a 28-28 tie.

21st The Cincinnati Red Stockings continue their triumphal tour of the East with a 27-18 victory over the Athletics in Philadelphia. A crowd of 20,000 is on hand. Dick McBride, the star of the A’s, is still indisposed, and the team is lackluster without him.

28th The first championship match between the Atlantic club and the Mutuals is played on the Capitoline Grounds before a crowd of 10,000. The game is scoreless until the 5thwhen Zettlein singles, steals 2B, and scores on a hit by McDonald. Swandell scores in the top of the 6thfor the Mutuals, and in the last of the 6thJohn Chapman’s double scores Smith with the lead run for the Atlantics. The Atlantics score 5 runs in the 7thbefore torrential rains stop play and the game is called. The final is 2–1. The New York Clipper comments, “Leading off the last of the first Pearce took his stand and, after watching and waiting a little, just tapped the ball and sent it along the ground slowly and reached first safely.”