1889 June

1st Coming into the game with a robust .454 average (according to unofficial statistics), Dan Brouthers goes 3-for-5 with a 3-run homer to lead Boston to a 7–2 win over Philadelphia.

2nd St. Louis takes the rubber game of the series with Brooklyn, 2–1, behind the brilliant performance of Silver King. King is 3-for-3 at the plate while pitching a one-hitter. The crowd of 11,745 brings the 3-game attendance to 42,329.

4th A two-run single by Dick Johnston in the 10th inning gives Boston a 4–2 win over the Phillies. The win is the 9th in a row and 16th out of 17 for the Beaneaters, who lead 2nd place Philadelphia by 5 1/2 games.

5th Cleveland rookie Jim McAleer hits a 2-run homer in the 10th inning to beat Chicago, 7–6 in first game of a twinbill. McAleer will hit only 13 homers in over 1,000 ML games. They complete the sweep with a 6-5 win in game 2.

6th  The White Stockings overcome a four-run homer by Charley Bassett, off John Tener in the 3rd, and defeat the Hoosiers, 11-10.

7th  Louisville slugger Pete Browning hits for the cycle, going 5-for-6, but the Colonels lose to the Athletics 9–7 in 11 innings for their 14th consecutive defeat. The game is staged in Philadelphia as a benefit for the survivors of the Johnstown flood one week before.

8th  Playing for Omaha in the small WA ballpark in St. Paul, Jack Crooks goes 5-for-5 with 4 HRs, 5 runs scored, and 13 RBI to lead Omaha to a 19–15 victory. Crooks will hit .344 with 197 runs scored before being sold to Columbus in late September.

9th  Darby O’Brien leads the way with 6 steals as the Bridegrooms steal 11 bases and win 12–2 over Louisville. The hapless Colonel battery is Toad Ramsey and Paul Cook.

11th New York’s Mickey Welch is the first pitcher to strike out Boston’s Dan Brouthers this season. Welch’s 2-hitter gives the Giants a 2–1 win over the Beaneaters. New York still trails Boston by 6 games even after 2 straight wins over them.

13th  After the Colonels lose for the 19th time, Louisville owner-manager Mordecai Davidson tells the players he will fine them $25 if they lose the next game. Six players, including Guy Hecker, Pete Browning and Harry Raymond, will refuse to play tomorrow against Baltimore.

14th  Louisville’s Davidson recruits 3 Baltimore area amateurs to replace his striking ball players. Baltimore takes a 5–0 lead in the 2nd when the game is stopped by rain.

At Indiana, Paul Hines and Jerry Denny hit back to back homers twice today, but the Hoosiers still lose to Pittsburgh, 13–9.

The Athletics win their 14th consecutive game, the longest winning streak in the major leagues in 1889. The 14th win is an 8–5, 10th inning decision. Denny Lyons hits a 1st inning homer and his single starts the 10th inning rally.

15th  Only 6 Louisville players show up for the game in Baltimore, the others out in protest against owner Davidson, who owes back pay and is now threatening them with fines. Using 3 local recruits, the Colonels lose their 20th in a row, 4–2, in five innings. The next day the striking players will consult with Baltimore manager Bill Barnie, who convinces them to return to the club by assuring them their grievances will be brought to the attention of the AA directors. Davidson’s fines against 8 players will total $1,435 and, in most cases, will result in the players actually owing the team money.

17th  With the pay and fine situations unresolved, the Louisville regulars return to the lineup and lose a doubleheader 10–6 and 10–0. Pitcher Toad Ramsey blows a 6–3 lead in the 9th of the opener, and the Colonels make 7 errors in the nightcap while managing just one hit. George Goetz is the Baltimore starter in the opener and, as noted by David Nemec, has the worst offensive performance of any player with a one-game career: 4 strikeouts in 4 at bats. Goetz is deprived of the win when he is lifted in the 10th after his team scores 4 runs.

19th  Washington CF William “Dummy” Hoy throws out 3 Indianapolis runners at home plate, setting a ML record that will be tied only twice in the next century: by Giants LF Jim Jones on June 30, 1902 and by Cubs CF Jack McCarthy on April 26, 1905. Hoy also has a single, 2 doubles, and a stolen base, but the Senators still lose 8–3.

20th  Jack Glasscock hits a 3rd-inning grand slam, off George Keefe, to pace the Hoosiers to a 6-4 win over Washington.

22nd  Louisville’s losing streak reaches 26 in a row, the all-time ML record, when the Colonels lose 2 heartbreakers to St. Louis 7–6, and 3–2 in 10 innings.

Boston’s John Clarkson raises his record to 20–2 with a 10 inning, 1–0, squeaker in Pittsburgh. The Beaneaters also win the 2nd game of a doubleheader to push their season record to 35–10 and a 5 1/2 game lead over Cleveland. Defending champ NY is in 4th place, 8 1/2 games back after losing to Cleveland, 8-6. Buck Ewing keeps it close with a grand slam in the 3rd off Cinders O’Brien.

Bid McPhee hits a grand slam, off Parke Swartzel, and a 2-run homer to pace the Reds to an 11–3 win over visiting Kansas City. Bid will total 5 homers this year.

23rd  The Colonels finally win, with Farmer Weaver scoring 3 times and Toad Ramsey pitching, Louisville defeats St. Louis 7–3.

24th  Louisville owner Mordecai Davidson resigns as team manager, giving doorkeeper Buck McKinney the title. Actual on-the-field authority remains in the hands of captain Chicken Wolf.

26th Paced by 2 homers and 2 singles by Jerry Denny, Indianapolis beats Boston and John Clarkson, 10–6. For the first time this season, Clarkson has lost 2 games in a row.

Dave Foutz connects for a 9th inning grand slam off Wild Bill Widner as Brooklyn beats Columbus, 10-3 (as noted by David Vincent).

28th Kansas City (AA) speedster Billy Hamilton hits 3 triples off Guy Hecker in the first game of a doubleheader and adds another triple in game 2, a ML record. Toad Ramsey serves up the nightcap triple. The Cowboys win both games with Louisville, 7–3 and 9–3.

30th  Jack Stivetts gets the first base hit and first pitching win of his ML career, pitching St. Louis to a 12–7 victory over Louisville. Stivetts would finish his 11-year career with a .297 batting average and 207 pitching victories. The Browns are led by Tip O’Neill, who drives in 5 runs with a single, double, and HR.