3rd Three NL homers are hit by pitchers to set a league record. The AL will top this by one in 1935 when two pitchers club 2 homers apiece on July 31st.
6th President Benjamin Harrison watches Washington go down to a 7–4 defeat to Cincinnati in 11 innings. It marks the first visit to a ML game by a U.S. president.
7th Henry Larkin of the Senators collects 6 hits, including a triple in a 20–2 victory over Cincinnati. Washington pounds out 32 hits in the game.
Pinch hitting for pitcher George Davies, Cleveland Spider Jack Doyle singles against Brooklyn. By some accounts, this is the first official pinch hit in ML history, though Daly’s pinch hit on May 14 precedes this under the new rule allowing pinch hitters in non-injury situations. Other historians cite the Phillies Charles Reilly on April 29, 1892, while others cite Mickey Welch, September 10, 1889. Brooklyn wins today, 2–1.
10th Though Baltimore fails to score after the 6th inning, the host Orioles explode for 25 hits off Pretzal Getzein and two relief pitchers and swamp St. Louis 25–4. Wilbert Robinson, Orioles catcher, goes 7-for-7 (6 singles and a double), a ML record, and bats in 11 runs, also a ML mark. Whaling Wilbert scores once. He’ll finish the season with a team-high 57 RBIs. George Shoch has 5 hits and scores 4 runs for Baltimore; pitcher Sadie McMahon, on the other hand, goes 0-for-7, tying the since-broken 19th C. ML mark. Baltimore continues in game 2, winning 9–3.
In a doubleheader sweep of visiting Pittsburgh, the Brooklyn Bridegroom second baseman Monte Ward has 12 assists, a ML mark that won’t be tied in a single game until Jim Gilliam does it in 1956. Brooklyn wins 4–3 and 5–4.
13th NL club owners meet in New York to work out league financial problems. The club assessment is increased from 10 percent to 121⁄4 percent of the receipts of each game. Team rosters are reduced to 13 players, one below the reserve limit, thus allowing the weaker clubs to sign some of those released. With improving economics, the roster limit will be set at 18 in 1899, with a rise in the reserve limit as well.
14th Washington, scoring each of its runs with 2 outs, records a 12–7 win over St. Louis with the help of 5 hits from Patrick “Patsy” Donovan. Despite this performance, Donovan will soon be traded to the Pirates, with whom he will enjoy five .300 seasons en route to a career mark of .301.
The Pirates acquire infielder Cub Stricker from St. Louis for Pud Galvin. Stricker won’t even appear in a game for Pittsburgh but will be traded in 3 days to Baltimore for Adonis Terry.
24th Cleveland and St. Louis aces Cy Young and Ted Breitenstein battle to a 3–3, 16-inning tie.
Philadelphia wins its 15th consecutive game, 6–3, over New York and ties Brooklyn for 2nd place in the NL race. Despite extending the winning streak to 16 four days later, the Phillies will fall back to 3rd on that day and will remain there for the rest of the first half of the season.
25th The first-place Beaneaters trip the host Giants, 9-7, overcoming a grand slam hit by Denny Lyons. Lyons connects in the 1st off Jack Stivetts.
29th At Philadelphia, the Phillies lose to Boston, 9–1, ending their win streak of 16 games. This ties the club record of 1887 and 1890.
30th Tony Mullane of Cincinnati and Ad Gumbert of Chicago pitch 20 innings in a 7–7 standoff. All 14 runs come in the first five innings. At 3 hours 20 minutes it is the longest game in the 19thcentury. It is finally called to allow Chicago to catch a train.
Baltimore hurler Charles Bufﬁnton refuses to take a salary cut from $100 a week to $75 a week and is released by the club. Only 31, he will never pitch again in professional ball.