1880 June

1st  Boston beats Chicago for the 2ndtime in a row, winning 5–4. Burdock also shocks the crowd with a 2-run homer, his first homer in professional play since June 18, 1874.

2nd  Buffalo fines 1B Oscar Walker $50 for breaking his temperance pledge.

3rd  Lee Richmond of Worcester shuts out Cincinnati to make it 2 shutouts in a row, 13–0 and 4–0.

4th  Larry Corcoran of Chicago and John Ward of Providence battle to a 1–1 tie in 16 innings, called because of darkness. Sixteen innings would remain the longest game in big-league history until August 17, 1882, when Ward will win 1–0 over Detroit in 18 innings.

10th  Boston’s Charley Jones, last year’s HR king with 9, hits 2 homers in one inning, becoming the first big leaguer to accomplish this feat. Both HRs come off Buffalo’s Tom Poorman in the 8th inning of a 19–3 rout. Jones now has league-high 4 homers, one more than Fred Dunlap.

11th  Yale beats Worcester, 3–2, to raise the college team’s record against pros to 9-1 for the season. The Elis will lose 2 to Chicago and finish 10–3 versus pro clubs, including 2–2 vs. the NL.

12th  John Lee Richmond pitches the first perfect game in professional history, leading Worcester to a 1–0 victory over Cleveland. RF Lon Knight saves the no-hitter by throwing out Bill Phillips at 1B for a 9–3 putout.

14th  After 2 catchers are injured—Bill Holbert with a cut from a broken mask and Bill Harbidge with a split finger—Troy is forced to recruit amateur Mike Lawlor to finish the game. Not surprisingly, Chicago wins easily 16–2.

16th  After having played in an a.m. game and then attended his graduation ceremonies at Brown, Lee Richmond is whisked into a special train so that he can pitch in the afternoon game in Worcester. He loses a tight game to Chicago, 7–6, in 10 innings.

17th  John Montgomery Ward pitches a perfect game in Providence against Buffalo, winning 5–0. Losing P Pud Galvin makes the last out. This is the 2nd perfect game in the NL in 6 days. The 3rd will not be pitched until 1964, when Jim Bunning turns the trick.

19th  Cleveland’s Jack Glasscock goes 5-for-5 with 2 doubles to lead a 27-hit attack against Troy in an 18–6 rout.

23rdBoston edges Buffalo, 7–6, in 10 innings, scoring in the top of the inning when the Bisons turn a double play while allowing the run on 3B to cross the plate.

26th  Abner Dalrymple, George Gore, and Larry Corcoran, all normally lefthanded batters, cross over and bat right-handed against southpaw Lee Richmond and get one hit each as Chicago beats Worcester 4–0. The victory runs the Whites’ latest winning streak to 14 games, breaking the “old” record that they set last month.

29th  Cleveland beats Boston 6–5 with Sid Gardner pitching his first league game for the season. Jim McCormick had pitched complete games in all of Cleveland’s 31 previous NL games.

First-place Chicago beats Worcester, 9-5. Fred Goldsmith scores a run circling the bases on a dropped third strike as he takes advantage of catcher Doc Bushong, who is playing injured.