1887 June

1st  The St. Louis Browns offer to buy a partial interest in the rival Athletic club. The Athletics are losing money, and 2 of the 3 partners want out, but this deal will not come to fruition.

2nd “Watch” Burnham is fired as manager of the last-place Indianapolis club. Front-office man Fred Thomas takes over as interim manager.

3rd In his rain-delayed debut as Mets player-manager, Dave Orr has to be carried off the field after seriously injuring his ankle. Cleveland wins, 6-3, to send the Mets to a 6-25 record.

4th During a lull before the start of today’s Boston-Philadelphia game, leadoff batter Joe Hornung stands his bat on home plate and challenges P Charlie Ferguson to hit it. Fergy does it on the first try. Boston wins, 3-1.

5th  Today’s Chicago Tribune publishes NL batting figures through May 31st that show Fred Carroll (.476), Sam Thompson (.454), and Paul Hines (.438) leading the league. Walks are counted as hits this year.

7th After falling behind 8–0, the Giants roar back with a 12-run 3rd inning, and take a 14–8 lead. But the Phillies stage their own comeback and eventually prevail, 15–14.

9th  Mets RF Candy Nelson sets a ML record by starting 3 double plays, 2 on throws to home and one to start an infield rundown. Only 2 other ML outfielders will tie this record: Jack McCarthy (4/26/05) and Ira Flagstead (4/19/26). The Mets (AA) top Louisville, 8-4.

Detroit edges Indianapolis, 7-5, with the help of 13 walks by the Hoosiers John Kirby. There will be five games this year where the pitcher walks 13 or more batters; three of those instances will occur with Bill George in the box.

11th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants make it easy by scoring 11 runs in the opening inning en route to a 26–2 pasting of Washington. New York collects 10 hits in the big inning, including 2 hits apiece by Mike Tiernan, Buck Ewing, and Monte Ward. Danny Richardson is 6-for-7 for New York with 6 singles. This is the second time this season the Giants have scored 26 runs: in 4 days they’ll score 29. The starter and loser for Washington is Dupee Shaw, the inventor of the windup, according to John L. Sullivan (TSN obit 6/23/38). Ugly rumors will erupt about today’s big loss, and Washington will release Shaw in August. The Boston Globe will report on his release that he, “had shown lack of heart in his work and was sick of the club. it is said he never recovered emotionally from the effects of the accusation late last year that he was crooked in some of his work versus certain clubs.”

Detroit’s Fred Dunlap establishes a NL record by starting 4 DPs at 2B. He participates in 5 DPs in all to tie the existing ML mark and helps the Sluggers edge the Hoosiers, 7–6.

The Sporting News reports that, “Jerry Reardon, the St. Louis boy who fractured his right leg while running bases here, is still on the disabled list.”

13th  A day for pitchers. Chicago (NL) hurlers Mark Baldwin and Jimmy Ryan provide the offense as both pitchers hit homers in a 9-4 win over Indianapolis. Opposing pitcher Egyptian Healy also homers.

Sportswriter O. P. Caylor takes over as manager of the Mets. Caylor had managed Cincinnati in 1885 and 1886 while writing for the Cincinnati Enquirer, now he is with the New York Tribune and managing again.

Lev Shreve (Baltimore AA) tosses a 7-0 shutout against Cleveland and teammate Tom Burns helps with 3 triples.

14th  Before an overflow crowd of 15,000, the hometown Orioles score 8 times in the 8th inning to beat the Browns 15–12. St. Louis complains that substitute umpire Lew Daniels, an Oriole player, has robbed them of the victory.

15th  The Giants annihilate the Phillies 29–1, setting records for runs scored and allowed that still stand for each club. New York OF Mike Tiernan scores 6 runs, still untopped in the majors, as he collects two triples, three singles and a walk.

In another scoring spree, Lowell (New England L) whips Haverhill, 41–7, in a match that goes just 7 innings.

16th  Before a riotous Baltimore club, Curt Welch of the Browns topples Orioles 2B Bill Greenwood to prevent a DP and is promptly arrested for assault by a policeman on duty at the park. He will be fined $4.50 by a local judge tomorrow. The two teams tie, 8-8.

17th  Batting first at Boston in the a.m. game, the Beaneaters set a NL-record with 10 runs in the 10th inning to beat New York, 19–9. Relief pitcher Mike Tiernan takes the beating. New York comes back in the afternoon game to win, 6-1.

18th Chicago beats Detroit, 18–6, to win the series, 2–1. John Clarkson pitches both victories for the Colts.

The last-place Indiana Hoosiers (NL) rise up and trounce the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 18-1. Leading the way is Jack McGeachey who hits a four-run homer, off Bill Bishop in the 9th inning.

19th  During this Sunday battle with the St. Louis Browns, last year’s AA champs, Cincinnati draws a crowd of 10,542, its biggest of the season. However, the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that 15,086 fans attended the game. Judging from the Reds’ official attendance figures from 1886 to 1888, the Enquirer overestimated game attendance by an average of 45 percent per game. The official attendance average during this period was 1,970—1,511 on weekdays and 4,075 on Sundays and major holidays. Whatever the crowd, they are disappointed today as St. Louis wins, 23-4.

21st  Tom “Toad” Ramsey of Louisville strikes out 17 Cleveland Babies, a singular achievement under this year’s 4-strike rule, to match a mark he set last year. The Colonels win in a rout 21–1, as Cleveland makes 11 errors and totals 5 hits (2 of these are walks).

23rd  Tip O’Neill goes just 1-for-4 (the “hit” being a “phantom,” as sportswriters are calling bases on balls) against Cleveland’s Bill Crowell, dropping his AA leading batting average to .516. St. Louis wins, 11-3.

24th King Kelly draws a crowd of 12,000 as the Beaneaters make their first appearance of the season in Chicago. He makes three hits and 2 errors as Chicago wins, 15–13.

27th  Highly touted California hurler George Van Haltren makes his ML debut with Chicago and ties the month-old ML record by walking 16 batters while losing to Boston 17–11. Van Haltren will later star as an outfielder for the Giants.

With Detroit leading New York by a 6-0 score in the 3rd inning, New York captain John Montgomery Ward refuses to continue when George Gore becomes sick. Detroit argues that no injury has occurred and the umpire backs them up, forfeiting the game to Detroit. The National League will toss out the forfeit at its mid-August meeting. (noted by Frank Vaccaro).

28th Charlie Ferguson, on his way to his 4th 20-game season in 4 years, picks up an easy win as Philadelphia pounds Indiana, 24–0. Rookie Hank Morrison is the loser. The Phillies tally 18 singles, 3 doubles and another 11 walks, which are counted as hits this year.

30th Athletics manager Frank Bancroft is given a 3-day vacation to be with his ailing son. Before the month is over, however, he will be officially fired. Captain Harry Stovey is in charge of the team on the field and no new manager will be hired.

Cleveland (AA) finishes off a 13-4 win over Cincinnati with a 9th inning bases-loaded triple play. (courtesy SABR Triple Play database).

Toad Ramsey just misses tying his mark of 9 days ago, this time striking out 16 St. Louis Browns batters in an 11-4 win for Louisville. Nat Hudson is the loser. With 4 strikes needed to fan a batter, Yank Robinson goes down three times.