1885 June

2nd  The visiting St. Louis (AA) Browns loses 7–1 to Baltimore, snapping the Browns’ 17-game winning streak, an AA record. Of the wins, 14 come at home.

3rd New York’s Mickey Welch holds on for an 8–7 win over the Phillies in 11 innings. Dude Esterbrook comes around from 1B on a hit-and-run and though nailed at the plate, he kicks the ball out of the hands of C Chick Ganzel. The win leaves NY with a record of 19–5. With the victory, new manager Jim Mutrie allegedly proclaims, “My big fellows! My Giants! We are the People!” The nickname catches on and the team is dubbed the Giants.

4th  The St. Louis Maroons beat Buffalo 8–4 in the last game played at the Palace Park of America. Two days later, the Maroons begin playing at Vandeventer Lot.

Hardie Henderson, pitching for Baltimore (AA), is 5-for-5 while beating Cincinnati, 12–1.

6th  The first game played at Chicago’s new West Side Park proves victorious for the White Stockings, as they beat St. Louis 9–2. Hugh “One-Arm” Daily makes his debut as a Maroon before more than 10,000 spectators. George Gore is 4-for-4 with a pair of homeruns.

Two days after teammate Henderson has 5 hits, Oriole P Bob Emslie collects 5 hits and scores 4 runs in beating Cincinnati, 21–5. It is his 2nd win of the year: He’ll win just one more after having won 32 last season.

7th  The AA wipes out all restrictions on pitchers using an overhand delivery. The foul bounce out is also removed from the rule book.

12th  David Orr, star first baseman for New York (AA), goes 6-for-6 and hits for the cycle against the St. Louis Browns P Bob Caruthers. Orr totals 13 bases to set the AA record. He will be tied in 4 days.

Brooklyn manager Charlie Hackett tenders his resignation after a 15-25 record.

13th Detroit’s George “Dandy” Wood hits for the cycle in a losing cause as Chicago wins, 17–9.

Baltimore pulls off a clutch triple play (the firm of Manning, Stearns and Trott) in the bottom of the 11th to stop a Pittsburgh rally. The Orioles score twice in the 12th and hold on for an 11–10 squeaker.

16th  Philadelphia’s (AA) Henry Larkin goes 6-for-6, scores 4 runs, and hits for the cycle against Edward Morris of Pittsburgh. Philley wins, 14-1. His 13 total bases ties the 4-day old record set by Orr.

Chicago beats Detroit, 8–6, to pull a game ahead of New York in the NL race. The White Stockings will stay on top for the rest of the season.

AA umpire Jack Valentine officially resigns because certain managers had tried to influence him before games to have calls made in their favor.

17th  Brooklyn (AA) P “Phenomenal” Smith loses his debut to St. Louis by a score of 18–5. All 18 runs against the brash lefthander are unearned, due to 14 Brooklyn “errors,” 7 by SS Germany Smith. When he first joined the team, Smith, who gave himself his nickname, said he was so good that he didn’t need his teammates to win. The intentional misplays of his teammates cause club president Lynch to fine the guilty players $500 each, but he reluctantly agrees to release Smith to ensure team harmony.

19th St. Louis former ace One Arm Daily pitches a one hitter to beat Detroit, 3-0, the first of just three wins for the year. He won 28 in 1884. Joe Quest has the lone safety today for Detroit.

20th  John Clarkson allows only one hit in leading Chicago over the Bisons 5–0. He will lead all NL pitchers in wins (53), complete games (68), strikeouts (318), shutouts (10), and HRs (4).

Harvard completes an unprecedented undefeated season by beating Yale, 16–2. The Crimson’s 10–0 record is the first perfect season in collegiate history.

23rd The Athletics turn a game-ending triple play to turn back the host Baltimore Orioles, 7-4. The A’s won a game by the same score 11 months ago with a game-ending tri-killing. (courtesy SABR Triple Play database).

The Western League officially disbands.

25th  Philadelphia beats Chicago 2–0, handing them their first loss at West Side Park, and breaking their 18-game winning streak. The streak is 3 wins short of the Chicago franchise mark, set in 1880.

Ten Brooklynites make at least 2 hits each tying a ML record, as Brooklyn (AA) defeats Philadelphia 21–14. One scribe reports, “an unusually hard and elastic ball was used.” The 35 total runs and 29 hits by Brooklyn are both season highs. Dodger 3B George Pinckney goes 6-for-6 against pitchers Robert Mathews and John Coleman, the 3rd AA batter this month to collect 6 hits in a game. Philadelphia SS George Strief hits a ML-record 4 triples in the game; he also becomes the first player to get 5 extra base hits in a game when he adds a double. Bill Joyce will hit 4 triples in 1897, the last to do it. Strief’s 14 total bases breaks the record of 13 TB reached twice this month.

Abner Dalrymple hits a leadoff homerun to start Chicago on its way to a 12-8 win over Boston. The victory allows Chicago to maintain its one-game lead over New York. Dalrymple will lead off with a homer on the 29th to set an oft-tied record eventually broken by Brady Anderson in 1996.

27th Dave Orr of New York belts a 4th inning grand slam off Brooklyn’s Adonis Terry as the Metropolitans win, 14-5.

29th Guy Hecker almost single-handedly beats Pittsburgh, as he pitches all 13 innings, striking out 8, to win 4–3. At the plate he is 3-for-6 and scores the winning run for Louisville.