1893 June

1st  Harry Staley hits 2 HRs with 9 RBIs while pitching Boston to a 15–4 victory over Louisville. Billy Rhines takes the pounding from his fellow pitcher.

6th Cleveland explodes with 8 runs in the 9th to shock Boston, 13-11.

7th Washington edges Cleveland, 4-3, for what will be their only victory against the Spiders in 1893. Cleveland will finish 11-1 vs. the Senators.

Baltimore trades Tim O’Rourke to Louisville for Harry Taylor and light-hitting shortstop Hughie Jennings. Jennings is something of a throw-in—and what a throw-in!—since Taylor cannot report to Baltimore till he finishes his law studies at Cornell late this month. Taylor will play just 88 games for the Orioles this year, then retire to become a full-time lawyer. He will later become the lawyer for the Players Protective Association, an early ballplayers union, and it will be his legal opinion that the reserve clause in the National League’s standard player contract had “no legal value.”

8th  Billy Hamilton gets his 8th consecutive hit as Philadelphia beats Louisville 6–2. In defeat, Colonels 1B Willard Brown sets a ML record for assists with 6.

The Baltimore Orioles whip the Chicago Colts, 12-7, behind the hitting and pitching of Sadie McMahon. Sadie is 5-for-5, with a double, and scores a run.

9th The Washington Nationals Jim O’Rourke legs out an inside-the-park homer. At the age of 42 year, 9 months he’s the oldest ever to accomplish the feat. When Wagner does it in 1916, he’ll be 5 months younger.

12th  Brooklyn outslugs Cincinnati 14–13 to move into first place.

13th  Despite losing Connie Mack with a serious injury in the first inning, Pittsburgh beats Boston 9–7. Mack will be out for 10 weeks.

Philadelphia doubles St. Louis, winning 10–5, with the help of a grand slam from Bob Allen in the 2nd inning off John Dolan.

14th  In the 2nd inning Boston’s Cliff Carroll makes a phenomenal catch to rob a St. Louis player of a HR. In the bottom of the 9th, Carroll knocks in 2 runs and scores the 3rd and decisive run to propel Boston to an 11–10 win.

George Davis becomes the first player in ML history to hit a HR and a triple in the same inning as his Giants overcome the Chicago Colts 15-11. Davis’s feat will not be matched until 1931, when the Detroit Tigers’ Bob Fothergill turns the trick.

Bill Rhodes makes his ML debut a good one, pitching the woeful Colonels to a 9-5 win over the Giants. Louisville is now 5-25.

15th Jesse Burkett hits a 2nd inning grand slam but Cleveland falls way short losing to Brooklyn, 14-6.

16th Playing in a pouring rain, the Baltimore Orioles pile on the Cincinnati Reds, beating them 19-7 in 6 innings. John McGraw hits his lone career grand slam, off Mike Sullivan, for the O’s. After the game the Orioles trade Frank “Piggy” Ward, who got on base his last four times up in the game, to the Reds for pitcher Tony Mullane. This is the start of Piggy Ward’s record consecutive on-base streak (as noted by Trent McCotter).

The Chicago Colts edge the New York Giants, 10-9, in 11 innings as New York batters absorb a record 6 hit by pitches. This sets the record for the new pitching distance and will be tied in 1897.

18th  After a day off Cincinnati starts matters off by scoring 14 runs in the first inning, then cruises to a 30–12 victory over lowly Louisville. Farmer Vaughn and James “Bug” Holliday lead the way with 9 hits, including 5 extra-base hits, between them. Holliday includes a grand slam in the 1st inning off Bill Rotes. Piggy Ward, with 2 singles, 5 walks, and a hit by pitch goes into the record books as the only man in major league history to reach base 8 times in a 9-inning game. He has now reached base safely 12 straight times. Bid McPhee and Arlie Latham have a record 8 plate appearances. The Reds tally 19 singles, 4 doubles, 5 triples, and 3 homers off Bill “Dusty” Rhodes, making his 2nd start in his only ML season. Rhodes sets a NL record by allowing 23 total bases in the first inning, a mark that will be matched in the AL in 2005 by Travis Harper. With the score at 14-0 in the 4th inning, manager Comiskey lifts his starting pitcher Icebox Chamberlain and brings in sore-armed Bumpus Jones. Despite giving up 6 walks and 12 runs, Bumpus is awarded the win, the second and last of his career. His other ML win came last year when he threw a no-hitter in his first ML start. Jones will be released and sign with the Giants in mid-July.

19th Philadelphia defeats Baltimore, 6–3, to move into first place.

The Reds outslug Louisville to win, 13-10. Playing against the team that traded him three days ago, Piggy Ward has a walk and four singles to run his consecutive on base streak to a ML record 17 at bats.

21st Pittsburgh races past Cleveland 6-5 by scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th.

With Steve Brodie hitting a grand slam off Bill Rotes, St. Louis tops Louisville, 9-6. It is the second slam in three days that Rotes has served up,

22nd Jack Clements has a grand slam, off Mark Baldwin in the 8th, to lead the first-place Phillies to a 12-5 win over the Giants.

23rd New York’s Roger Connor becomes the 2nd man ever to hit 100 HRs in his career with his 3rd of the season in an 11–5 win at Philadelphia.

Boston moves into first place as Philadelphia loses. However, a Philadelphia victory the next day brings them into a first-place tie with Boston.

24th From the Sporting Life, June 24 issue a comment on the effect of the increased pitching distance: “Knocking pitchers out of the box is not a common an occurrence now as it was a month ago. It will probably be even less common another month from now.”

26th  New York and Cincinnati battle 17 innings to a 5–5 tie, the first ever game to go 17 innings.

Jack Glasscock is traded by the St. Louis Browns to Pittsburgh in exchange for Frank Shugart and $500. Glasscock with 48 RBIs for the Browns, will total 66 at Pittsburgh; He is the first player to be traded during a season in which he has 100 ribbies.

30th In a wild game, Pittsburgh strands 14 runners, while Brooklyn leaves 16, a major-league record. Brooklyn bangs out 18 hits and scores 9 runs in the 6th inning to win 22–16. Pittsburgh outhits Brooklyn, collecting 19 safeties, in the loss.