1896 May

2nd At the West Side Grounds, Chicago defeats St. Louis, 15–8 with Walt Thornton the winning pitcher. Ted Breitenstein takes the loss on his way to 20 losses. He’ll repeat that five years running. As Peter Morris notes, Josh Reilly makes his ML debut at 2B for Chicago, subbing for Bill Dahlen, who has a toothache. Reilly makes 3 errors, but in the 5th inning with two runners aboard and nobody out, he makes a spectacular diving catch and starts a triple play. This is Reilly’s only game at shortstop as Dahlen returns tomorrow.

Kid Gleason has 5 hits to lead New York to a 15-10 win over Philadelphia.

3rd  The Louisville Colonels lose their 11th straight game, to Cincinnati, 5–3.

With an overflow crowd of 17,231 at Chicago’s West Side Grounds, the umpire rules that any ball hit into the crowd is a ground-rule triple. The Colts take advantage and crack 9 triples, including 3 by Bill Dahlen, to crush St. Louis, 16–7.

4th  Cap Anson’s bases-loaded single with no outs in the 9th scores 2 runs and gives Chicago a 2-1 win over Brooklyn.

Louisville loses its 11th straight to take its customary spot in the cellar. The visiting Giants top the Colonels, 12-7.

5th  The Colonels snap their 11-game losing streak beating the Giants, 15-11. Rookie Herm McFarland hits his first ML homerun—and his only one this century—off Dad Clarke, and it is good for four runs, one-third of his 12 RBIs this year.

The Phillies top St. Louis, 9-5, as Lave Cross connects for a grand slam in the 9th off Bill Hart. It is his 3rd career grand slam.

7th  Boston scores in all 8 innings in a 17–1 rout of the hapless Colonels, who help to dig their own grave by committing 10 errors.

8th  The St. Louis Browns dismiss manager Harry Diddlebock for intoxication. Player Arlie Latham manages 3 games and owner Chris Von der Ahe manages 2 games before Von der Ahe settles on Roger Connor. The Browns lose all 5 under the 2 interim skippers. Connor, the 4th manager this year will be gone after an 8–37 mark.

In the top of the 9th inning, Philadelphia’s new player-manager Billy Nash starts to argue with the umpire over a called strike. Clark Griffith throws a pitch in the midst of the argument, which nicks Nash’s bat, resulting in a DP. Griffith’s quick thinking helps the Chicago Colts take a 5–3 victory.

9th  Washington defeats Pittsburgh 14–9 in a beanball battle. Nationals pitcher Win Mercer hits 3 Pittsburgh batters while Pirate “Pink” Hawley plunks 3 Washington batters in a disastrous 11-run 7th inning, tying a mark he set on July 4, 1894. Hawley retires in 1900 after only 9 seasons with a still-standing NL record of 195 hit batters. All told, 8 batters are plunked in the contest, an NL-record five by Hawley. The 5 Washington batters hit by pitches ties the NL mark and won’t be matched till July 2, 1969.

Baltimore’s Hughey Jennings knocks down Reds 3B Charlie Irwin before he can catch Bid McPhee’s throw. Jennings scores afterward to give the Orioles a controversial 6–5, 10-inning win over Cincinnati. Umpire Bob Emslie is escorted out of the ballpark by Cincinnati police.

At Louisville, Herman Long of Boston hits for the cycle to pace the visitors to a 17–5 win over host Louisville.

13th  Umpire Tim Keefe forfeits the Boston-Chicago game to Boston. The Beaneaters break a 4–4 tie with 6 runs in the top of the 11th. Flagrant stalling by Chicago in the bottom of the inning leads to the forfeit.

14th  Pittsburgh’s Jake Stenzel has 6 hits, all singles, and a stolen base in a 20–4 pounding of Boston. The Boston hurlers are Harry Dolan and Sullivan.

Despite going 5-for-5 with 2 doubles, Cincinnati’s Charles “Dusty” Miller fails to score in the 13–2 win over Brooklyn.

18th  In Chicago, the Colts use a 7-run 6th inning to win over the Giants, 15-3. The big blow is Bill Lange’s grand slam hit off Sal Campfield, making his major league debut in relief.

20th  In drizzly Pittsburgh, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms pile up a franchise record for runs in beating the Pirates 25–6, on 25 hits, a run mark they will tie on September 23, 1901. Mike Griffin scores 5 runs. Brooklyn led Pittsburgh 22–0 after 7 innings, but then P Bert Abbey takes pity and just lobs the ball over the last 2 innings. Brooklyn is scoreless in the 7th, but scores at least 2 runs in every other inning. Only 11 of the runs are earned for Brooklyn.

21st Cy Young gets Cleveland’s 8th consecutive win with a 4–1 decision over Boston. The streak has helped the Spiders to solidify their hold on first place.

Louisville gets a rare victory, riding Mike McDermott’s 2-hitter to a 1–0 win over Baltimore. This is McDermott’s only good performance of the year. In the remaining 56 innings he will pitch this year, he allows 85 hits.

26th  In the Reds 18-5 win over the Senators, Dummy Hoy scores 5 runs.

27th  Cleveland takes advantage of Jouett Meekin’s 13 walks and 3 wild pitches to beat the New York Giants 11–5. However, the Spiders fall to 2nd in the NL race behind Cincinnati, which whips Washington 10–6.

Boston scores 2 in the 9th to nip Pittsburgh, 15-14.

29th  Baltimore leaps past Cincinnati in the NL race with a 4–1 defeat of the Reds.

Washington P Charlie “Silver” King makes his first ML appearance since 1893 a success, as he wins a 6-hitter over Pittsburgh, 11–6. Bill Joyce helps by hitting for the cycle.