1886 May

1st  Al Atkinson pitches his 2nd no-hitter for the Athletics, beating the Mets 3–2. His first no-hitter (May 24, 1884) was also not a shutout. Atkinson records no strikeouts.

2nd  The Athletics and Brooklyn (AA) play 8 innings to a 19–19 tie at Brooklyn’s new Sunday park in Ridgewood, which is just across the line in Queens. The Queens sheriff is willing to ignore the Sunday Blue laws. Jocko Milligan has 4 doubles for Philadelphia.

3rd  C Patrick Dealy of Boston has 10 passed balls (still the NL record), and P Ed Stemmeyer adds 5 wild pitches as the Red Caps lose to Washington, 12–11. Stemmeyer will finish the season with another ML record of 64 wild pitches.

4th Al Atkinson follows up his no-hitter with a 3–1 loss to Brooklyn. Atkinson allows 8 hits.

6th Despite this week’s labor unrest and the “discovery” by police of a plot to burn much of Chicago, the White Stockings draw 4190 to their home opener against Detroit. They win 5–1.

New York (NL) downs Washington, 7-2, as Mike Dorgan hits a four-run homer for the Gothams. Off Dupee Shaw.

8th The first-place St. Louis Browns (AA) down host Louisville, 21-5, as pitcher Dave Foutz goes 5-for-6, including a double and triple. The hard working Foutz will rack up a league-high 41 wins this season in 504 innings pitched. He’ll also play 1B and the outfield on his days off and hit .280 with 59 RBIs.

11th Detroit whitewashes New York, 11–0, behind the pitching of Charlie Getzien, who will win 30 this year. It is the only shutout for a Detroit pitcher not named Lady Baldwin.

Fred Pfeffer has the only hit as Chicago loses to Boston’s Bill Stemmeyer, 5-1.

12th The St. Louis Maroons hold off the Senators to win, 8–7. Washington’s Cliff Carroll make the last out trying to score from 2B on a wild pitch.

13th Sam Thompson of Detroit leads the way to a 4–3 win over Boston with a homer, 3 RBIs, and a key double play.

Five days after St. Louis pitcher Dave Foutz (AA) collects five hits in a game, another Mound City hurler matches him. Henry Boyle of the Maroons (NL) is 5-for-6, including a double and homer, in a 16-2 win over Washington.

14th Charles Comiskey of the Browns prevents a double play by running full tilt into Reds 2B Bid McPhee, enabling the Browns to win 2–1. The Cincinnati fans are irate, but the umpire allows the play. The Browns are gradually making “breaking up the double play” an accepted part of the game.

17th Jim Gifford quits as manager of the Mets and Bob Ferguson is hired as his replacement. The Indians, as the team is also called, are dead last in the AA at 5–12.

19th After a 7-4 loss to St. Louis (16-10), Brooklyn owner/manager Charles Byrne rescues Jim Clinton from a mob by forming the players into 2 phalanxes armed with bats and marching Clinton to safety after the game.

23rd  St. Louis Browns SS Bill Gleason makes 6 errors to give Brooklyn a 13–12 game in 10 innings.

24th Fred Dunlap hits for the cycle but his St. Louis Maroons still lose to New York, 11-8. The Maroons will lose the entire five-game series in New York.

27th Bob Barr makes his debut with Washington, stopping Chicago (NL), 7–0, and stopping the Senators 12-game losing streak.

28th  Chicago notches its most lopsided shutout victory ever, a 20–0 whitewash of Washington. Only two of the runs are earned against Cannonball Crane. After the 3rd inning, Chicago P Jim McCormick switches positions with RF John Flynn, who tosses the last 5 frames. The 27-run swing between yesterday’s loss and today’s win sets a record not topped in the 20thcentury.

29th  The Athletics try to slow the Browns down by loading the base paths with sand. St. Louis captain Comiskey refuses to play and even helps the ground crew remove the sand. The Browns win the 2 games, 18–1 and 11–3, with a total of 14 stolen bases.

The first-place St. Louis Browns subdue the Philadelphia Athletics, 18-1 and 11-3 to push the second-place A’s 2 1/2 games back in the AA. In game 1, pitcher Bob Caruthers is 5-for-6, including a double a triple, the second Brownie pitcher to register 5 hits this month. The all-round Caruthers will hit .334 with a league-high .448 OBA while slugging .527. He’ll also rack up 30 wins.

31st  At the Polo Grounds in New York, 7,000 fans watch the a.m. game as New York hands Detroit (20-4) its first loss after 15 straight wins, beating the Wolverines, 6–5, in 10 innings. Monte Ward short fly ball in the 10th results in a double when LF Jim Manning and SS Jack Rowe collide in the outfield. Manning breaks his arm on the play. Ward comes around to score with the winning run. When word gets out that New York had won the morning game, the first ML crowd of over 20,000 (20,632) pays to see the afternoon game. The crowd spills onto the field just behind the infield and along each foul line, at first not budging. The game is initially called in the bottom of the first inning and some fans leave thinking there is no game. Finally, mounted police arrive at 5:20 and push the crowd back. The game continues with a ground rule stating that any ball hit into the crowd is a single and baserunners can only move up one base. Detroit garners 6 hits with fly balls into the crowd and wins the contest, 4–1. Lady Baldwin, who played LF for the last inning of game 1, is the winning pitcher.

In the AA, Brooklyn wins two games, taking a morning game, 8-6, over the Cincinnati Reds, despite being outhit 12 to 8. Brooklyn garners 10 walks. The afternoon contest draws 11,000 fans who cheer as the Trolley Dodgers score 4 in the 7th and beat Louisville, 9-6. Ernie Burch has 4 hits, including a triple in the 7th off Guy Hecker that “is instrumental in scoring 4 runs (NY Times).” Burch is subsequently credited with a grand slam. Teammate Bill Phillips adds a pair of triples.

On Staten Island, the Metropolitans celebrate Decoration Day by beating Louisville, 14-5, in a morning game. Dave Orr stars with 4 hits. The tables turn in the afternoon game as the Cincinnati Reds arrive by boat and thrash the Mets, 12-5. George Pichiney tosses a 4 hitter and has 3 of the Reds safeties.