1883 October

10th  Jim Devlin, a former star pitcher for the Louisville Grays (who was expelled from baseball in 1877 for his role in throwing a series of games at the request of gamblers), dies in Philadelphia. Before his death he served as a policeman.

23rdAlexander K. Schaap, of Richmond, Virginia, patents an improvement to the catcher’s mask. Because catchers had difficulty removing their masks when a foul ball above the plate was hit, Schaap adds a hinge to the upper part of the mask.