1884 October

1st  Charlie Getzein (Detroit NL) hurls a 6-inning no-hitter against Philadelphia, winning, 1–0.

At Buffalo, Pud Galvin shuts out the Providence Grays, 2–0. It is the third time this year the Grays have been held scoreless, and twice were 2-0 losses to Galvin.

3rd  P Henry Porter of Milwaukee (UA) matches Dupee Shaw’s distinction of July 19th as he strikes out 18 batters while losing the game 5–4 to Boston.

4th  P Ed Cushman (Milwaukee, UA) follows up his no-hitter of September 28th with 8 more hitless innings before Boston’s Ed Callahan loops a 9th-inning single. Cushman wins the one-hitter, 2–0.

Edward Kimber (Brooklyn, AA) hurls a 10-inning no-hitter against Toledo, called due to darkness with the score tied 0–0.

5th  St. Louis (UA) pitchers Charlie Sweeney and Henry Boyle stop St. Paul without a hit or walk, striking out 9 men, before rain halts play after 5 innings. But the Maroons lose the game when 2 St. Louis errors allow the game’s only run. The Sweeney-Boyle performance caps what is still the premier ML season for no-hitters: 12 in all, including one of 10 innings and 7 nine-inning games.

6th  The Mets announce that they will allow ladies to attend their home games for free for the remainder of the season—all of 5 games. The Mets-Toledo game today ends in a 2-2 tie, leaving the Mets in first place by 5 games.

7th Edward Kimber follows up his no-hit tie with another tie, this one a 7-hitter With the score 4–4, Brooklyn (AA) and Toledo call it after 8 innings because of darkness.

9th  Fred Dunlap’s 13th HR helps his St. Louis Maroons (UA) bury the Washington Nationals 11–1. The 2B will add the HR championship to his UA titles in batting, slugging, on base percentage, hits, doubles, and total bases, the most dominant season by any nonpitcher of the 19th century. He also leads all UA second basemen in fielding average, putouts, assists, DPs, and total chances per game.

At Chicago’s Lake Front Park, Jack Manning clubs 3 HRs, getting half of Philadelphia’s hits in the process, but his club still falls in Chicago (NL) 19–7. Manning totals only 5 HRs for the season and 13 over a 9-year career. Manning is the 3rd player to hit 3 homers at Lake Front park this year, a reflection of the cozy RF fence 215 feet from home plate.

10th  Pat Deasley, who will hit .205 for St. Louis (AA) this year, gets all 3 of his team’s hits off Tim Keefe, as St. Louis beats the host Metropolitans, 3–1. New York leads the AA by 5.5 games.

At Buffalo (NL), Boston totals 29 hits in 7 innings to win, 25-7.

11th  The Cincinnati Unions, winners of 8 straight, fail to show up for a game at their own ballpark and the association rules a forfeit victory to Boston. Cincinnati took a day trip to Nashville for an exhibition game and didn’t get back in time.

12th  Ed Crane of Boston (AA) cannonballs a throw 135 yards, one ft, 1/2 inches. A week later in St. Louis he will toss one 134 yards 5 inches. According to editor A.H. Wright of the Clipper, in 1888, the circumstances of these throws were such that they were not considered records.

18th Ed Crane of Boston (UA) hits the latest regular season homer, against St. Louis, but the Bostons lose, 11-7.

22nd  The weekly Sporting Life announces—just one day before the start of the event—that the two pennant-winners have agreed to meet in a 3-game series October 23–25 at New York’s Polo Grounds, just north of Central Park, to decide “the championship of America.” There will be no games in Providence. Candy Nelson helped his NY team to the first World Series by drawing 74 bases on balls, a full 94.7% ahead of the number 2 walker, Billy Geer. 7 balls are required. Candy will lead next year with 61.

25th  Hoss Radbourn of Providence wins his third straight over the (AA) New York Mets, concluding the 3-game series. Only 500 diehard fans show up in the cold, since Providence clinched by winning the first two games.

30th  Financially troubled despite finishing second to New York in the AA, the Columbus club decides to sell its players to Allegheny of Pittsburgh (AA)—for $6,000—and go out of business.