1892 May

4th  Cincinnati players Billy Rhines, Jerry Harrington, and Eddie Burke are disciplined after getting involved in a fight the previous evening. Harrington and Burke are each fined $100, but Rhines—who won 45 games for the Reds over the last 2 years—is suspended without pay for the rest of the season. Nevertheless, Rhines will throw 84 ineffective innings this year.

5th At Pittsburgh, the Phillies lose, 5–2, to the home team. (as noted by Frank Vacarro) The Phils lineup is different than that listed on the pre-printed scorecard and ump Gaffney rules “batting out of order” in a key situation.

6th  John Clarkson and Elton “Icebox” Chamberlain pitch a 14-inning scoreless tie, finally called by Jack Sheridan because the angle of the sun was blinding both the batter and pitcher. Clarkson limits the Reds to 4 hits, one fewer than the Beaneaters can manage off of Chamberlain. The Cincinnati Enquirer states that calling a game “on account of the sun” a good one. “His decision, while it may appear ridiculous on the face of it, was, strange to relate, a just and sensible one.”

St. Louis southpaw Ted Breitenstein’s no-hitter is broken up in the 9th, when 2 singles produce the Bridegrooms’ only runs in a 14–2 loss.

7th  Bill Hutchinson hurls a one-hitter, permitting only a Jim O’Rourke 9th-inning single, to lead the Chicago Colts to an 8–0 win over the Giants.

10th  The Browns sweep a pair from the Phillies, winning 8–4 and 9-8. Perry Werden hits a grand slam in the 2nd game for St. Louis. It comes in the 5th inning against Kid Carsey.

11th  Baltimore defeats St. Louis 5–3 in a game in which, according to the New York Clipper, the only “curious feature was the fact that all of the runs scored were earned.” St. Louis OF John Crooks hits a leadoff HR for the 2nd time in a row.

14th  Tom Daly of Brooklyn, pinch hitting in the 9th for the ill Hub Collins, ties up the game with Boston by hitting the first pinch homer in major league history. He then singles in a run in the 10thbut Boston wins, 8-7. For the ailing Collins, this is his final ML game. He will succumb to typhoid fever in a week.

16th  A Supreme Court decision permitting the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to give reduced rates to groups of 10 or more is a boon to ML baseball teams, who can expect to save 25 percent on transportation costs.

17th  Bill Hart of Brooklyn becomes the 3rd pitcher in less than 2 weeks to lose a no-hitter in the 9th inning in a 7–0 victory over Boston.

18th  John “Sadie” McMahon loses a no-hitter—and the game—when New York’s Denny Lyons singles in the only run in Baltimore’s 1–0 loss.

21st  George “Hub” Collins, 28-year-old Brooklyn OF and leadoff batter, dies of typhoid fever after a brief illness. He had led the AA in doubles in 1888 and the NL in runs in 1890.

Behind Bill Hutchinson, Chicago wins its 13th straight game, 1–0, over Pud Galvin and the Pirates. Galvin surrenders only 2 hits in the loss, none before the 8th inning. The streak will stop tomorrow.

24th  Brooklyn makes good use of its 14 hits in a 24–4 rout of the Washington Senators. Oyster Burns typifies his club’s attack by scoring 4 runs without the benefit of a hit.

26th  Boston’s John Clarkson loses a no-hitter with 2 outs in the 9thinning, as Hughey Jennings of the Louisville Colonels comes through with a single. Clarkson wins, 7–0.

28th  In the Players’ League, Jimmy Ryan helps Chicago defeat Amos Rusie and New York, 10–4, by drawing 5 walks—half of Rusie’s total for the game.

29th  A benefit All-Star game for Hub Collins, who died of typhoid fever on May 21st, is played at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. The game between the Collins’ Brooklyn Bridegrooms and the St. Louis Browns (AA) raises $2804.90 for Collins’ widow.

30th  That’s no lady. Mark Baldwin of Pittsburgh hurls two complete game victories over Baltimore, by scores of 14-4 and 8-4.

31st In a New England League game at Salem, Pawtucket tops the host team, 17-9. Pawtucket first baseman Daniel F. Cronin is 4-for-4 with 4 home runs, 12 RBIs and scores 5 runs. Salem fielders help with 10 errors (as noted by Kevin Saldana).