1888 June

1st In a dandy matchup in the American Association, two unbeaten young pitchers face each other in Brooklyn. Both Leon Viau of Cleveland and Mickey Hughes of Brooklyn are unbeaten since the start of the season, but Hughes wins the duel today, 3–1. It won’t last long: Hughes will lose his next game on June 3, 6–4 to St. Louis.

2nd Kansas City caps a comeback from a 12–3 deficit by scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat Cleveland, 16–15. The victory lifts the Cowboys into 7th place ahead of the Louisville Colonels.

3rd The poem “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Thayer is published in the San Francisco Examiner. Not until August 15, when actor Dewitt Hopper recites the poem with the New York Giants and Chicago White Stockings in the audience, will it become popular. When Hopper dies in 1935, it is estimated he recited the poem 10,000 times.

5th Jimmy Ryan makes a rare start for Chicago and edges Philadelphia, 3–2, thanks in part to 4 errors by the Phils’ Ed Delahanty. The Philadelphia Bulletin (as noted by Dixie Torangeau) reports that Delahanty makes 5 errors and gets hurt late in the game and is replaced by Bastian.

6th  Henry Porter of the Kansas City Cowboys (AA) pitches a no-hitter against Baltimore, walking one and winning 4–0.

Cleveland and Louisville (AA) combine for 50 hits as Cleveland outscores the Colonels 23–19. Louisville pitcher Guy Hecker neglects his pitching but not his hitting as he goes 5-for-6, including 3 doubles, and scores 3 times. It is the second time he has had 5 hits in a game.

7th Clarence Duval, a juvenile black actor appearing in the production “Starlight” has been adopted by the White Stockings as a mascot and will travel with the team.

8th  New Louisville owner Mordecai Davidson accepts manager John Kelly’s resignation and announces he will manage the club himself.

In the longest game in the NL this year, Detroit beats John Clarkson and Boston 11–5 in 16 innings.

In New York, the Chicago team makes quite a show when, before the game, they emerge from their carriages, form a line, and march onto the field in their swallow-coats, led by their young mascot twirling a baton. The Giants are not impressed and trounce Van Haltren, 19–2.

9th  In New York, the Giants make fun of yesterday’s Chicago entrance by marching onto the Polo Grounds wearing white plug hats and swallow-tail linen dusters. Jack Lynch, the old Mets pitcher, walks in the lead with a bat as a baton. Thirteen thousand fans are delighted. Chicago scores 4 times in the 1st and finishes with an 8–3 win.

The resurgent Wolverines hold off the Beaneaters 10–9 to post their 7th consecutive victory and move to within 2 games of first place.

Henry Porter follows up his no-hitter with a 12–4 loss to Louisville. He gives up 17 hits.

10th  The Athletics play their first official Sunday home game at Gloucester, NJ, or so they think. The AA secretary will later rule the game illegally rescheduled and throw it out of official records.

12th  OF Jimmy Ryan, who homered in the first inning, is brought in to pitch with the bases loaded in the 2nd inning. He shuts out the Giants as the Colts rally to win 4–2 to up their NL lead to 4 games.

13th  The last-place Senators finally get a legitimate manager when veteran Ted Sullivan arrives.

14th  St. Louis (AA) hurlers Nat Hudson and Tom McCarthy provide the offense as both pitchers hit homers off Toad Ramsey in a 13-7 win over Louisville.

Reds pitching star Tony Mullane suffers a broken nose when hit by a drive in Kansas City. The injury will keep him out of action for 10 days, but his famous good looks will not be permanently damaged.

15th Jim McTamany of Kansas City (AA) collects 6 hits—5 singles and a home run—off Elmer Smith and John Corkhill of Cincinnati.

16th The NY Giants trade Elmer Cleveland to Detroit for holdout 3B Art Whitney.

18th  Two AA umpires work the Cleveland-Athletic game, a 3–2 Philadelphia win. The 2-umpire system had worked well in last fall’s WS, but this is believed to be a regular-season first.

19th A 2-out, 9th inning collision between Washington fielders Walt Wilmot and George Shoch allows Philadelphia to score the winning run. It gives manager Sullivan his first loss after 4 wins.

20th  Future Hall of Famer 1B Jake Beckley makes his ML debut with Pittsburgh, with a double, triple, and stolen base. Beckley started the season with the St. Louis Whites.

21st  George Van Haltren pitches a 6-inning no-hitter beating Pittsburgh for Chicago 1–0. He also pitches a hitless 7th, but since the Colts cannot complete their half before the rain, the official score reverts to 6 innings.

22nd  In Chicago, the Colts overcome a 6–1 deficit by scoring 11 runs in the 6th inning to beat Pittsburgh 12–6. Fred Pfeffer drives home 4 runs in the 6th with a single and an inside-the-park homer.

Bierbauer of the Athletics establishes the record for second basemen by making 12 putouts in a 9-inning game. This record will not be tied until August 30th, 1966. Oddly, Bierbauer has no assists and 2 errors in today’s game, a 6–5 win over Baltimore.

25th   Jumbo Davis of Kansas City makes 5 errors at 3B as the Cowboys fall to the Browns 10–3. He will finish the season with 91 miscues at third base, the 2nd highest total in history behind the 107 that Bill Joyce will commit in 1890. Jumbo will add another 9 at shortstop, for an even 100 errors.

26th Hercules Bennett strikes out in all 4 of his official at bats in his debut with Louisville. Although he walks, steals a base, and cores a run to help the Colonels beat the Bridegrooms, he will not play another ML game until 1895.

29th The Beaneaters release vets Ezra Sutton and Jack Burdock. Both players have been in the NL since its start in 1876 and had been with Boston for a decade.

30th  With permission from the NL, the Phillies reduce admission to 25 cents. Twelve thousand fans turn out to see a one-hit 7–0 victory over Boston by Charlie Buffinton. After averaging 1,123 admissions at the 50-cent rate, attendance will now jump to an average of 4,010.