1885 October

1st  The first black professional team is organized by Frank P. Thompson. The team is called the Athletics but will shortly become known as the Cuban Giants.

3rd Boston (N) routs Buffalo 18–0 with Bill Stemmeyer making his first ML victory an easy one. Pete Conway, in his last game for Buffalo, is the loser: he’ll start next season in Kansas City.

Newark (Eastern) hosts the Baltimore Orioles (AA) and inhospitably no-hits them behind the pitching of John “Phenomenal” Smith. Smith fans 16 in the win (as noted by Ernie Lanigan).

4th Tony Mullane, who has been blacklisted, pitches an exhibition game for Cincinnati against St. Louis. Despite missing this season, Mullane will still win 285 games in his career.

5th  The Athletics beat Brooklyn 9–1 in the last game of the AA season. Athletics P Bobby Mathews wins his 30th of the year (he won the same in 1883 and 1884) and 150th of his career.

6th  At the Polo Grounds, the New York Metropolitans beat the black Cuban Giants, 11–3 in 6 innings. The Mets score 9 in the first.

7th  The last NL game ever played in Buffalo’s Olympic Park attracts 12 fans as Providence takes 2 from the Bisons 4–0 and 6–1. Grays P Fred Shaw goes the distance in both victories (each 5 innings), throwing a no-hitter in the first game.

9th Dave Orr goes 6-for-12 in NY’s last 3 games, but still falls one point short in the batting race, finishing 2nd to Louisville’s Pete Browning. St. Louis shuts out New York, 5–0, with three games to be played in the league tomorrow.

10th  The NL season comes to a close today. Another doubleheader is played between Buffalo and Providence and the Grays again win both games, with Fred Shaw pitching. Shaw wins 3–0 and 7–3. The Bisons end the season on a 16-game losing streak.

Phillies SS Charlie Bastian goes 5-for-10 in the last 2 games to raise his average up to .167, the lowest ever for a SS with over 350 at bats. Philley beat Chicago today, 10–3.

14th  The White Stockings (NL) and Browns (AA) engage in a “World’s Championship” series. The winner of the 7-game series is to receive a $1,000 prize. Darkness ends game one after 8 innings, at a 5–5 stalemate.

15th  Game 2 of the championship series is forfeited to Chicago. In the top of the 6th inning, Browns manager Charlie Comiskey calls his men off the field to protest a ruling made by umpire Sullivan.

17th  At a joint meeting in New York between both leagues, a salary maximum of $2,000 and a minimum of $1,000 is set for the upcoming season.

22nd  John Ward and several teammates secretly form the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players. The Brotherhood, strengthened by fights against salary restrictions and abuses of the reserve clause, will become a force to be reckoned with by the end of the decade.

23rd  The “World Series” moves from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati, setting a ML record for the series played in the most (4) cities. (also played in NY and St. Louis.). Chicago takes a 3–2 series lead by beating the Browns 9–2.

24th  The St. Louis Browns defeat Chicago 13–4 in the 7th and last game in their series. The Browns claim the game 2 forfeit didn’t count and therefore claim the championship. Each club receives $500.