1882 May

1stIn the season opener in Boston, the Red Stockings defeat Worcester, 6–5, in the bottom of the 10th as John Morrill scores on a wild pitch. Jim Whitney is the winner.

4thDetroit wins a 1–0 nail-biter in Cleveland. A local reporter declares afterwards that “it was one of those games that keeps a man 4 inches from his seat for 2 hours, at the same time wishing he could thump the nearest small boy.”

5th  Cap Anson is called out for walking back to his base after a foul ball, instead of running, as the rule specifies. This rule will be amended at the end of the season. Cap’s Chicago team beats Cleveland, 7-6.

Undefeated Providence makes sauce of Worcester, winning 17-2.

6th  Boston bowls over the Troy Trojans, 18-3, as Joe Hornung becomes the first player to hit 2 triples in one inning. He does it in the 8th.

10th  Approximately 1,000 people watch the first Chicago home game for free from a nearby viaduct. Chicago officials will attempt to eliminate this “unfair opportunity to beat the gate.” But today fans are able to see Chicago beat Cleveland, 8–4.

13th  NL players are relieved to hear that next season they will not be required to wear the uniforms known as “clown costumes,” with different color combinations for each position.

16th  The scheduled Cincinnati-Allegheny game is switched to Cincinnati because of floods in Pittsburgh.

17thCharles Buffinton begins his career with a bang as he pitches Boston to a 4–0 win over Worcester. He will go on to win 233 games.

A Boston court refuses a restraining order requested by the Cincinnati club on Sam Wise, who remains with Boston.

18thTroy scores 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to defeat Chicago in Albany, 5–4. On the 20th, after its ball park is completed, Troy wins its first true home game, over Boston, 14–3.

19thDetroit moves into first place outlasting Buffalo, 14-11. Curry Foley has a grand slam for Buffalo, off George Derby, in the 9thinning.

20thAfter tying the game in the bottom of the 9th, the Yale freshman beat the Harvard freshmen in 11 innings, 5–4. Afterwards, “persuant to custom the Yale freshmen were permitted to-night to take seats on the college fence in honor of their victory. . . .”

The New York Clippercalls the new policy of not charging an at-bat to a batter who walks “nonsense.”

22ndFor the 2nd game in a row, Philadelphia scores in the bottom of the last inning to defeat its cross-town rival, the Athletics. The 2 games attract nearly 18,000 spectators.

23rdCleveland wins dramatically in the bottom of the 10th with 2 out as 3 Buffalo players collide chasing Mike Muldoon’s single, 4–3.

25thBuffalo revenges yesterday’s loss by humiliating Cleveland at home, 20–1, as Curry Foley hits for the cycle, the first in ML history. His homer is a grand slam, off George Bradley, his second in a week.

26thCleveland scores 9 runs in the 1st inning and hangs on to beat Buffalo, 9–8.

27th  After breaking his finger in a game against the Metropolitans, Philadelphia IF Mike Moynahan has the finger amputated at the first joint. He will play in the AA for Philadelphia for 2 years before retiring.

Despite recording a triple play in the 8th, the Athletics lose 10–9, as St. Louis scores twice in the bottom of the 9th.

Providence moves past Detroit into 1st place in the NL by defeating Boston, 4–1.

29thIn yet another exciting game, Buffalo Counters 4 Cleveland 9th inning runs with 2 of their own to win 9–8.

30thTroy hosts a pair of games with Chicago, losing the opener, 9-3, before rebounding with a 5-4 win. This is the first morning-afternoon separate admission twinbill on Memorial Day.

At Boston, the Buffalos (NL) pull off a controversial triple play but still lose to the Bostons, 11-3. The play (as recounted in TSN, April 5, 1916) occurs when John Morrill strikes out with the bases loaded and no outs, and catcher Jim White deliberately drops the third strike. He then throws to 1B Dan Brouthers who fires to 2B Hardy Henderson who relays to 3B Davey Force for the triple killing. Boston argues that because Merrill made no attempt to run, the play should be dead. The on field decision will be upheld but the rule will be changed at the winter league meetings.

31stTroy uses a 7th inning triple play to help them beat Chicago, 5–2.

Between 10,000-12,000 cranks watch Yale beat Princeton, 15–8, at the Polo Grounds.