1893 May

5th  Ed Stein hurls a one-hitter to lead Brooklyn to a 3–1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

6th  Cincinnati wins its second consecutive extra-inning game over St. Louis, winning 3–1 in 13 innings.

7th  St. Louis star southpaw Ted Breitenstein throws a two-hit shutout to defeat Chicago, 8-0.

8th  The Reds third straight extra-inning game proves unlucky as Pittsburgh wins in 10 innings, 9-8. after tying the game with 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th with 2 out.

10th  Brooklyn’s joy over beating the New York Giants in the bottom of the last inning, 7-6, for the 2nd straight day is partially dashed as youngster Willie Keeler fractures a bone while sliding. Keeler will miss nearly 2 months of action.

Led by Tom Dowd’s 5 runs scored, the St. Louis Browns whip the Chicago Colts, 14-2.

11th  George Davis goes 5-for-5 with a HR and a triple to lead New York to a 15–9 win over Philadelphia.

The Beaneaters edge Brooklyn 9–8 with the help of Bobby Lowe’s 5th inning grand slam, off George Haddock.

12th  Philadelphia gains revenge, scoring 11 runs in the 4th inning en route to an 18–6 rout of New York.

Baltimore rallies with 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th to disappoint Washington, 7-6. Cleveland matches this feat by scoring 4 runs in the 9th to edge St. Louis, 8-7.

13th Baltimore blows a 10–2 eighth inning lead to Washington and falls, 12–10.

14th  After allowing Chicago to build a large lead, Cincinnati storms back with 11 runs in the final 3 innings, including 4 in the bottom of the 9th, to triumph 13-12.

15th  After tagging out St. Louis Browns OF Steve Brodie in a collision at the plate, Cincinnati Reds C Harry “Farmer” Vaughn throws a bat at Brodie, hitting him on the shoulder. Vaughn is ejected and fined $25 as St. Louis wins 10–6 and moves past the Cleveland Spiders and the Pittsburgh Pirates into first place.

16th  The idle Cleveland Spiders slip into first place as St. Louis loses to Cincinnati, 9-6.

17th  At Philadelphia, the Phillies down Washington 11-9, behind Billy Hamilton. Hamilton starts the game a leadoff homer and ends the game with a two-run blow. Hamilton will hit just five homers all season but lead the league with a .380 batting average and .490 OBA. Vic Power, in 1957, will be the next hitter to start and end a game with a homer.

19th  Held scoreless for the first 8 innings, both Brooklyn and the Boston Beaneaters score 3 runs in the 9th to send the game into extra innings. Boston’s Billy Nash hits the ball over the LF fence in the bottom of the 9th, but he stays on 3B “to bother the pitcher.” The tactic works, as Nash does score. Both teams score one run in the 10th—Boston scoring on another Nash blow over the LF fence, which he runs out this time. Boston finally claims the game after a 12-inning struggle 5–4.

22nd  In the first game at the Louisville Colonels’ new Parkland Field, “played by mutual agreement with the pitcher under the old rules,” Cincinnati wins 3–1.

In a pair of similar games, Philadelphia and Baltimore each score 5 runs in the 9th inning to edge Boston and New York, respectively. Philadelphia wins 9-7, Baltimore edges New York, 8-7.

23rd  The Brooklyn Bridegrooms sign veteran slugger Harry Stovey, released by the Orioles three days ago. He will hit .251 with a homer, but have an OBP of .402. Stovey is the only player in history to twice lead a league in homers and triples in the same year.

24th  Catcher Connie Mack “misses“ a short popup in front of home plate and starts a triple play in the 4th inning. He also drives in the winning run in the bottom of the 8th to lead Pittsburgh to an 8–7 win over St. Louis.

26th  Baltimore makes good use of a triple play and a 5-for-5 performance by Tim O’Rourke in downing Brooklyn, 6-1.

27th  Despite losing at home to Cincinnati 4–1, the Pirates back into first place as the Cleveland Spiders fall to St. Louis 3–2.

29th  New York pitcher Mark “Fido” Baldwin wins a three-hit shutout by driving in the games lone run to slip by Cincinnati.

30th  Jake Beckley successfully pulls the “ancient” hidden-ball trick on Baltimore Oriole Joe Kelley, as Pittsburgh wins, 9–1. He hides the ball under a corner of first base.

Brooklyn’s William “Brickyard” Kennedy allows a total of 8 hits in a doubleheader as he beats Louisville, 3–0 and 6–2.