1895 June

1st  St. Louis 1B Roger Connor gets six of his team’s 30 hits in a 23–2 burial of New York. All the runs come off Jouett Meekin, pitching with a sore arm. Connor has 9 straight hits going back to game 1 of May 30th.

Today’s issue of The Sporting Life (as noted by Bob Schaefer) reports that “The Minneapolis team now on its uniforms advertises a brand of flour made in Minneapolis. The other clubs should follow suit—Kansas City advertising canned beef, Milwaukee [advertising] beer, and St. Paul, ice wagons.”

3rd  Roger Connor becomes the ML’s all-time HR leader, passing Harry Stovey with his 4th round-tripper of the season, and the 122nd of his career. This historic HR drives in St. Louis’s only 2 runs in a 5–2 loss to Brooklyn.

4th  Billy Nash drives a grand slam, off Bill Phillips in the 8th, to power Boston to a 9-5 victory over the host Reds.

5th  New York makes the debut of new manager Jack Doyle a happy one as it scores 4 runs in the 10th to beat Louisville, 7-3.

6th  Brooklyn takes a 12-11 verdict over Louisville on account of the Colonels “stupid playing.”

10th  For the second time in six days, a 9-5 Boston win features a grand slam. This time Hugh Duffy clouts it to provide the margin over Louisville, connecting in the 2nd inning off Mike McDermott.

11th  Boston whips Louisville, 11–0, and takes first place from Pittsburgh, which has held the top position since the beginning of the season.

In a Western League game at Hiawatha Park, Minneapolis, Millers third baseman William J. Kuehne hits 4 home runs in a 16-5 win over the Indianapolis Indians. (as noted by Bob McConnell). Kuehne played 10 years in the NL, Players and AA.

13th  The first place Boston Beaneaters roll over Chicago, 20-3. Hugh Duffy scores 5 runs.

15th  Future novelist Zane Grey makes his minor league debut playing LF for Findlay, OH, against Wheeling (Tri State League). The Pennsylvania University athlete, playing under the name Zane, fails to get a hit, but walks and scores on a grand slam by brother Romer “Reddy” Grey.

With Pittsburgh losing, Boston moves into first place with a 6-5 win over Cleveland, overcoming a grand slam by Cupid Childs. Cupid connects off Cozy Dolan in the 5th.

16th  Following a 15-10 win over Louisville yesterday, the Beaneaters improve that by a run today, winning 16-10. Lefthanded catcher Fred Tenney makes his debut, having received a phone call in Providence yesterday asking him to fill in for Boston’s injured catchers. The recent Brown graduate readily agreed and arrived this morning by train. A foul tip in the 5th fractures a finger on his throwing hand, but manager Frank Selee likes what he sees and offers a contract to Tenney. He joins the team in mid-July after his finger heals, and hits .395 in 27 games.

17th  For the second time in two days, a Cleveland player hits a grand slam in a losing cause against Boston. This time it is Ed McKean as Cleveland loses, 9-7, in the second game today. In the opener, Chief Zimmer hits a grand slam, off Kid Nichols in the 8th, and Cleveland holds on for a 10-9 win.

18th  Against the visiting Louisville club, Boston wins 24-7, then drops game 2 by a 9-7 score. The loss leaves Boston a game and a half behind Baltimore.

23rd In the middle of a game in Chicago, the “Sunday Observance League” has the entire Cubs team arrested for “aiding and abetting a noisy crowd on a Sunday.” Prior to the game, the umpire informed the crowd that the game would be delayed for about five minutes following the third inning. Cubs owner John Hart, who had been tipped off that the group had secured a warrant, posts bond and secures an order for the game to continue. The Cubs defeat Cleveland, 13–4. The players are scheduled to make court appearances within a week and each will be fined $3.

25th  John McGraw hits a 2-out 2-strike single to drive in a pair of runs and give the Orioles an 8-7 win over Washington.

26th  Washington loses again as Brooklyn wins, 1-0, in 13 innings.