1894 May

1st  Brooklyn wins a 9-0 forfeit over Washington when the Nationals, ahead 2–1 after 6 innings, refuse to return to the field in protest over an umpire’s decision which allows the sole Brooklyn run to score.

5th  In the 5th inning of the St. Louis–Pittsburgh game, Pirate SS Jack Glasscock, thinking opposing Browns P Emerson “Pink” Hawley deliberately threw at him, hurls his bat at the pitcher and then confronts Hawley on the mound. Glasscock remains in the game and helps Pittsburgh to a hard-fought 6–5 victory.

Baltimore turns the first triple play of the season in a 9-2 victory over Washington.

6th  Star Boston SS Herman Long accidentally flicks hot ashes from his cigar into his eye, causing him to miss several games.

7th  Baltimore (NL) routs the Washington Senators 17–0 for Baltimore’s only shutout of the season. Tony Mullane is the winner over Al Maul, the 2nd time Al has been on the short end of a lopsided mauling (8/29/90).

The Reds score 8 runs in the first two innings and keep going to beat the Pirates, 17-6. Bug Holliday is 5-for-6 for the Reds.

Kid Nichols’ three-hitter beats Amos Rusie, 1-0, in New York as Triple Crown Rusie allows fellow Triple Crowner Hugh Duffy a 1-for-4 day. Pitcher Jack Stivetts plays CF and his double, a pop up muff by 2B John Montgomery Ward, and a double steal plates “Happy Jack” in the first inning. Duffy played SS for Herman Long who was injured by flicking cigar ashes in his own eyes. Long’s error was flipping lighted cigars and catching them in his mouth. Long will start tomorrow’s game wearing an eye patch, but after booting his first play, he leaves the game to much ribbing.

10th  For the 2nd time in ML history teammates combine for 3 straight HRs, as Frank Shugart, George “Doggie” Miller, and Heinie Peitz of St. Louis hit consecutive roundtrippers in the 7th inning. In all, Shugart hits 3 HRs and Peitz 2, giving St. Louis a total of 6. However, their heroics are to no avail as their club falls to Cincinnati, 18–9. The last occasion where 3 teammates homered consecutively happened on May 31, 1890.

11th  In the course of a 12–7 loss to Philadelphia, Baltimore’s star SS Hughey Jennings is hit by 3 Wilfred “Kid” Carsey pitches, establishing a ML record for HPB.

14th Philadelphia’s Tuck Turner drives in Ed Delahanty in the 9th to tie New York and sends Delahanty home again in the 11th to give his club a 5-4 win.

15th   In the aftermath of a fierce fight between Baltimore’s John McGraw and Boston’s Tommy Tucker in the 3rd inning, a devastating fire probably caused by a tossed cigarette, starts in the RF stands at Boston’s South End Grounds during the 3rd inning with Boston up, 5–3. The fire destroys $70,000 worth of equipment as well as the park, the only truly double-decked grandstand Boston would ever have. The fire spreads to adjacent blocks and eventually destroys or severely damages 170 buildings and leaves 1,900 homeless. The team moves to the Congress Street ballpark for several months before returning to the rebuilt Walpole Street Park. Boston will play one game at CSG tomorrow against Baltimore (win) and then go to Philley in switch of schedule for three games to get field ready. At the time it was thought South Ends Grounds were lost for season.

16th  A fire at Boston South End Grounds forces the use of Congress Street Grounds by the Beaneaters. CSG was used by Boston 1890 Players Leaguers (Champs) and Boston’s only American Association team (Reds, Champs) in 1891. It was unused in 1892-3. The cozy dimensions result in 4 homers in Boston’s 10–7 win over Baltimore. Wilbert Robinson almost hits a 5th.

Losing to Cincinnati 6–4 in the 8th inning, Louisville’s William “Farmer” Weaver hits a grand slam, and Danny Richardson follows with a solo shot—the last HR of his 11-year career—to spur a 9–7 win.

21st At Boston’s Congress Street Park, Kid Nichols manages a nifty shutout, 3–0, over New York. Nichols will lead the NL in shutouts this year with 3.

Pittsburgh outscores Chicago 9-6 in the last two innings to earn an 11-10 victory.

26th  Pittsburgh leads at Cleveland 12–3 in the 8th inning when the home spectators start a seat cushion fight that spills onto the diamond. Pittsburgh is awarded a 9–0 forfeit victory.

Boston scores 6 runs in the 9th to defeat Washington, 10-8.

28th  In a slugfest in Boston, the Beaneaters explode for an 18-12 win over visiting Washington. Boston’s Bobby Lowe and Harry Staley both hit grand slams to match the ML mark set by Chicago in 1890. Both are served up by Charlie Petty, one in the 3rd and one in the 8th. (as noted by David Vincent).

29th  Washington breaks its 17-game losing streak by whipping Louisville 12–2.

Pittsburgh moves past Cleveland into first place by edging Baltimore 3–2 as the Spiders, held to 3 hits by Jouett Meekin, lose to New York 2–0.

30th  In the afternoon game, Boston 2B Bobby (Link) Lowe hits HRs in 4 consecutive at bats, including 2 in the 3rd inning, to lead his team to a 20–11 conquest of Cincinnati and a sweep of the doubleheader. The homers came off Ice Box Chamberlain, and all are lofted over the 250-foot LF wall of Boston’s Congress Street Grounds, the Beaneaters’ temporary home. Lowe also adds a single to total 17 bases for the game, a record tied but not beaten until Joe Adcock in 1954. After Lowe’s 4th homer, the crowd showers him with $160 in coins. There are 9 homers hit in the opener with the Reds Bug Holliday hitting two and Farmer Vaughn adding a 7thinning grand slam, off Tom Lovett. Lowe is 0-for-6 in the opener, a 13-10 win that Boston secures with 9 runs in the top of the 8th[Boston batted first]. In the two games, Lowe’s teammate Herman Long sets a ML record by scoring 9 runs (5 runs in game 1), which has since been tied only once. Lowe, who used the time between games of the twinbill to help himself to the shore dinner at the North Boston Railroad Station, will try the same meal tomorrow, but will go hitless.