1891 May

1st  Cleveland opens new League Park at 66th and Lexington with Cy Young pitching the Spiders to a 12–3 victory over the Reds before a crowd of about 9,500.

Paced by a grand slam from Oyster Burns off John Clarkson, Brooklyn beats first-place Boston, 13-6.

2nd  Baltimore’s Sadie McMahon takes his first loss of the year as Philadelphia (AA) wins, 5-4. No other pitcher in history will be 7-0 by May 2nd. Jered Weaver, in 2011, will lose on May 2nd to go 6-1.

3rd  With the team in 7th place, Manager Billy Sharsig of the Athletics is fired. Captain George Wood will be put in charge on an interim basis, but then take over as the regular manager.

4th Tommy McCarthy of St. Louis hits a grand slam in the 4thinning, off Baltimore’s Sadie McMahon, to pace the Browns to a 12-1 win over the Orioles.

5th  Pittsburgh’s Pete Browning bunts into a triple play in the top of the 6th inning and makes an error to allow a run in the bottom of the frame, causing Pittsburgh to lose to the Chicago Colts 1–0.

7th  King Kelly’s drive over the fence in Boston gives Cincinnati (AA) a 10-9 decision in the 14th inning. Since Kelly’s blast came in the bottom of the last frame with the score tied and a man on base, he is only credited with a triple. Tom Brown has 3 triples for Boston, all in the first 9 innings.

11th  After having played 14 home games this season at Oriole Park, the Baltimore club inaugurates its new Union Park on Huntington Avenue and Barclay Street with an 8–4 victory before 10,412 fans. The Orioles’ new home will serve through 1899.

The Louisville Courier-Journal announces that yesterday the John Chapman Club—a top Louisville semi-pro team named for the Colonels’ manager—defeated the Mafia Ball Club.

15th  Led by George Davis, the Spiders down the Giants, 8-3. Davis has his third consecutive 4-hit game, the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

16th  Chicago boosts its league lead to 2 games over Boston with a 10-inning 11-9 win against Brooklyn. Jimmy Ryan paces the Colts with 5 runs and has 5 hits, including 3 doubles and a triple.

18th  Ed Delahanty refuses to play today after Phillie manager Harry Wright denies him permission to bring a young boy on the team omnibus from the hotel to the ball park. Delahanty is suspended and fined $100, although the fine will be reduced to $25 after he apologizes.

19th  Chairman Nick Young of the Board of Control rescinds the new scoring rule requiring scorers to compile “runs batted in.” This rule, adopted last winter, will still be used by the AA, however.

20th  Jim Fogarty, 26, dies in Philadelphia of consumption. He arrived East from California in February with a heavy cold. The versatile and popular outfielder, who also pitched a few games and managed some games last season, was on the Spalding World Tour of 1888-89.

22nd Against Cincinnati’s Billy Rhines, New York’s Mickey Welch hits into a game-ending triple play, and Reds down New York, 8-3.

26th Billy “Yank” Robinson has a perfect day and sets a world record (according to historian Ernie Lanigan) while playing 2B for Cincinnati (AA) against Boston. Yank has 7 fielding chances and makes 7 errors, but John Dwyer still wins, 21–16.

27th Third baseman James Burke of Milwaukee sets an AL record in the 4th inning by making 4 errors, and Philadelphia scores 7 times on their way to an 8-3 win. The NL mark for third sackers will be set in three weeks.

28th With Colts pitcher Tom Vickery pressed into service as umpire behind home plate, Chicago edges the visiting Giants, 3–2.

30th  Jack Stivetts wins both the morning and afternoon games for the Browns, although he leaves both games early when St. Louis gets out to big leads in both games. The Athletics lose 17–2 and 15–3.