1886 October

4th  After a contract dispute is settled in court, John “Phenomenal” Smith pitches Detroit to a 4–3 victory in Washington. Detroit had purchased Smith’s contract from the Newark club, but Smith had personally signed with New York. The Giants had obtained an injunction barring Smith from pitching for Detroit, but the judge today dissolved the ban.

6th  After 3 one-hitters and 4 two-hitters earlier in the season, Matt Kilroy finally gets a no-hitter, beating Pittsburgh 6–0. Pitching for last-place Baltimore, Kilroy’s won-lost record is a respectable 29–32.

7th  Chicago wins 8–4 over Boston, while Detroit ties, giving the White Stockings a 2-game lead with 2 to play. Detroit has 3 games to play and has arranged to play an extra makeup game as well.

8th  Lady Baldwin of Detroit beats Philadelphia 11–0 in 8 innings for his 42nd win of the season, an all-time record for a lefthanded pitcher. Eight of those wins, including a ML record 5 shutouts, have come against the Phillies, who have not been shut out by any other pitcher this season.

Pittsburgh’s Ed Morris beats the Mets 9–0 for his 12th shutout of the season, establishing an all-time record for a lefthander. Morris will finish the season with a 41-20 won-lost record.

Matt Kilroy follows up his no-hitter by giving up 10 runs in 4 innings to the Reds. Cincinnati wins, 14–8.

9th  Chicago clinches the pennant by beating Boston 12–3 on the final day of the season in a game called after 7 innings because of darkness. Meanwhile Detroit loses 2 games to Charley Ferguson and the Phillies, 5–1 and 6–1, the 2nd game called after 6 innings. Ferguson notches his 29th and 30th wins, and tops the NL with a 1.98 ERA.

11th The NL season ends with one last game between Kansas City and Washington. Despite the disparity in team strength, the year has been a profitable one with New York, Chicago, Boston, Detroit, and Philadelphia all setting club attendance records.

14th  Aaron Stern buys the Cincinnati Reds back from Louis Huack. He had sold the club to Hauck in January.

15th  The AA season ends with 2 games in Philadelphia. Harry Stovey hits a HR to give him at least a share of the Association leadership for the 4th consecutive season.

17th The Giants play their first Sunday game ever, an exhibition match against the Mets at Ridgewood, Queens.

18th  The World Championship Series opens in Chicago, with the White Stockings beating the Browns 6–0 behind John Clarkson’s 5-hitter.

19th  The Browns win the 2nd game in a 12–0 romp, only 8 innings being played. Bob Caruthers pitches a one-hitter, and Tip O’Neill hits 2 HRs.

20th  Chicago being his home town, Caruthers asks to pitch again. He walks 4 men in the first inning and loses 11–4 in an 8-inning game.

21st  The Series shifts to St. Louis, where the Browns even things with an 8–5 victory in 7 innings. Bill Gleason stars with two 2-run singles.

22nd  With Jim McCormick and Jocko Flynn lame and John Clarkson tired, Chicago tries to use a minor league recruit in the pitcher’s box, only to be refused by the Browns. SS Ned Williamson and RF Jimmy Ryan pitch for the Whites. The Browns win easily 10–3 to take a 3-to-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

23rd  The St. Louis Browns win the World Championship by beating Chicago 4–3 in 10 innings. Pitching his 4th game in 6 days, Clarkson holds St. Louis hitless for 6 innings as Chicago builds a 3–0 lead. The Browns tie the game in the 8th, and Curt Welch scores the “$15,000” run on a wild pitch in the 10th. St. Louis wins the entire gate receipts from the series ($13,920), with each of 12 players getting about $580.

28th Bowing to public opinion, the Athletics hire a non-playing manager (Frank Bancroft) for the first time. Previously, the 3 owners, Billy Sharsig, Lew Simmons, and Charlie Mason, had divided the managerial tasks among themselves.