1883 June

2nd  Chicago commits 20 errors, while New York records 10, as New York defeats Chicago 22–7 in the sloppiest game of the year. One player on each team plays error-free.

Boston overcomes “stupid base-running” by Jim Whitney, leading to a 6th inning triple play, to defeat Buffalo, 2–1.

6thPhiladelphia takes its first home win in grand style, belting Detroit, 20–4.

8thFor the 2nd consecutive game Allegheny obliterates the Eclipse, taking the 2 games by a combined score of 28 to 6. In the 2nd game Ed Swartwood has 5 hits.

9th  After falling behind 5–2 in the 2nd inning, Boston rallies to whip Detroit 30–8. The teams combine for an untopped ML record of 110 at bats (Boston, 66; Detroit, 44). Paul Radford and Jim Whitney each get 5 hits, and Whitney sets a ML record by scoring 6 runs. Whitney pitches part of the game, then goes to the outfield. Four players have 8 plate appearances. This record will stand until 1886. Boston has 28 hits good for 46 runs, off Stump Weidman and Tom Mansell. For Mansell, usually an outfielder, his 6 2/3 innings pitched is his only appearance on the mound. He gives up 18 runs, 14 earned.

Despite 3 triples and a single by C Buck Ewing, New York loses to visiting Buffalo, 8–7.

Philadelphia (NL) receives permission to charge 25¢ for admission, instead of 50¢, to allow them to compete with their popular cross-town rivals, the AA-leading Athletics. Philadelphia’s attendance quadruples for the rest of the season.

In the first meeting of Cincinnati and Brooklyn teams in Brooklyn since the Atlantics broke the 2-season unbeaten streak of the legendary Red Stockings in 1870, winning 8–7, the Reds turn the tables winning today, 3–1.

11thCleveland takes over first place in the tight NL pennant race by beating Philadelphia, 7-0. Chicago drops to 3rdplace with a loss to Providence.

12thProvidence passes Chicago to take first place in the NL, beating their Windy City rivals, 8–1.

New York crushes Buffalo, 17–8, as Pete Gillespie has 5 hits and 5 runs.

Boston triumphs over Detroit, 20–9, as every player hits safely.

14th  With the Allegheny field “half overflown with water” following a series of floods in Pittsburgh, Columbus overcomes the waterlogged home club 25–10, scoring in every inning.

16th The New York Gothams introduce the concept of “Ladies Day,” which will become a baseball staple for nearly a hundred years. Ladies, escorted or not, are admitted free. New York whips Cleveland, 5–2.

18thIn Philadelphia, “the umpire, it is alleged, gave the visitors considerable assistance by his unfair manner of calling balls and strikes.” Buffalo wins, 11–2.

20th  Boston mauls Philadelphia 29–4, as Sam Wise goes 6-for-7 with 4 extra-base hits. Wise, Ezra Sutton, and Joe Hornung each score 5 runs, and Jim Whitney has 8 plate appearances. Philadelphia helps by committing 21 errors.

23rdHugh “One Arm” Daily of Cleveland shuts out Chicago, 3–0, with 14 strikeouts.

The first-place Providence Greys top the host New York Gothams, 12-4. The score would have been higher except for a base-running blunder by Jerry Denny, as reported in the New York Times: “Denny drove the ball into the bull pen in the sixth inning, and would have secured a home run without the ball going outside the fence had he not stepped directly over instead of upon the bag at third base, the umpire giving him out.” Denny will finish the year with 8 homers, tied for second place in the NL.

In front of 2,000 at the Polo Grounds, Princeton edges Yale in 10 innings, 3-2, handing the Elis their first loss of the year. But Yale wins the American Collegiate Association championship for the third year in a row, with Princeton second, followed by Amherst, Harvard and Brown.

28thAs noted in Sporting Lifeof July 1, Providence backup shortstop Joe Mulvey is shot in the shoulder while walking off the Providence Grounds with several players after a workout. The shooter, a fan named James Murphy, was aiming for teammate Cliff Carroll. Earlier in the day, Carroll had taken a hose and drenched Murphy. Murphy went home, got his gun, and returned to the park.