1891 June

2nd Hoss Radbourn, 36, wins his 300th game, pitching Cincinnati to a 10-8 win over Boston’s John Clarkson. Hoss scatters 11 hits. He’ll win 9 more games before hanging up his spikes at the end of the season. Radbourn will contemplate a comeback in 1894 but will get shot in a hunting accident (as reported by Fred Ivor-Campbell), which will leave him half blind and semi-paralyzed.

3rd The AA holds an emergency meeting in Cincinnati to discuss the future of the shaky franchise there, which plays far from the center of town and may not be able to stage Sunday games pending several legal actions.

4th  The Browns Tommy McCarthy slugs a 4th-inning grand slam, off Sadie McMahon, as St. Louis rolls over Baltimore, 12-1.

6th  St. Louis beats Boston, 11–10, in 10 innings to supplant the Reds as leaders in the AA race. Tommy McCarthy stars in the end, saving the game by throwing out a man at home in the bottom of the 9thand driving home the winning run with a long fly in the 10th.

7th  The Boston Reds regain the AA lead by edging the Browns 6–5 before a St. Louis crowd of 17,439, the largest of the AA season.

8th  Walt Wilmot hits a pair of 2-run homers, and Bill Dahlen adds a solo shot to power the Colts to a 5–3 win over the Beaneaters. The defeat pushes Boston under the .500 mark and 5 ½ games behind first-place Chicago.

9th  The Giants win their 10th in a row, beating Pittsburgh, 7–3. New York now trails Chicago by one game.

10th  Cleveland Spiders C Chief Zimmer makes 6 errors, and the opposing Brooklyns steal 10 bases. The Bridegrooms win by only 9–8.

11th  Herman Long goes 6-for-6 with 4 runs scored as the Boston Beaneaters climb back over .500 with a 14–6 rout of the Chicago Colts.

12th  A grand slam in the first inning by George Gore, off Bill Hutchinson, and a tie-breaking, 3-run homer by Roger Connor gives the Giants a 9-6 triumph over the Colts. The Giants have a one-game lead in the NL race.

13th  A new ML attendance record is set as 22,289 jam the Polo Grounds to see the Giants nip the Colts 8–7. This crowd surpasses the old record of 22,121 set in Brooklyn on Memorial Day 1989.

15th  Although they nearly blow a 13-2 lead, the Giants hang on to beat the Colts, 14-13, thanks to a great catch in the 9th by CF Mike Tiernan.

16th  Amos Rusie’s three-hit, 5–0 shutout gives New York a 4-game sweep and a 4-game lead over Chicago.

17th Washington (AA) and Baltimore start the game with a bang—several, in fact. Paced by Gil Hatfield’s grand slam, off George Van Haltren, Washington scores 14 runs in the 1st inning and Baltimore answers with 5 runs, a ML record 19 for the opening frame. Washington’s Larry Murphy has 3 at bats in the frame as Baltimore loses, 20-19.

Washington signs veteran Ed Daily, released recently by Louisville. He will be team captain and play RF, not pitcher, but he’ll hit poorly and be released in July.

19th  Playing on a muddy field, NY third baseman Lew Whistler sets a NL record by making 4 errors in the 4th inning as the Giants lose to the Phillies, 11–4. The four errors in an inning will be tied three times in the 20th century, but never topped. The AL mark was set on May 27th.

22nd  Tom Lovett of Brooklyn no-hits New York 6–0, giving up 3 walks. Amos Rusie is the losing pitcher.

25th  Tom Brown and Bill Joyce of the Boston Reds (AA) become the first pair in ML history to open a game with back-to-back HRs, starting Boston off to a 13–5 defeat of Sadie McMahon and the Baltimore Orioles. Brown continues his hit streak, which will reach 21 games before being stopped on June 30.

27th  Six innings of strong relief work by Clark Griffith enable St. Louis to beat Columbus, 12–6, and move back into first place. Griffith helps his cause with a 7th inning grand slam off John Dolan.

29th Chicago pitcher Bill Hutchinson beats Pittsburgh, 8-3, for his 13th straight win over them. The streak started on April 30th of last year.

30th In a 4–1 10-inning loss at Brooklyn, Boston’s Harry Stovey strikes out 5 times versus George Hemming. No Brave will fan five times in a game until Bob Sadowski matches Stovey on April 20, 1964.

Hugh Duffy’s 2nd inning grand slam kick starts Boston’s 16-4 win over Washington, The homer is hit against Kid Carsey.