1888 October

1st  When Indianapolis scores 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning to take a 4–2 lead at Washington, Senator C Connie Mack suddenly complains of a sore finger. The ensuing delay lasts until darkness and forces umpire Powers to call the game, and the score reverts to a 8-inning 2–1 Senator victory.

3rd  Both the New York Giants (NL) and St. Louis Browns (AA) clinch their respective pennants today. New York beats Chicago, 3–0, behind Mickey Welch, while St. Louis wins its 3rd straight AA pennant with a 14-5 victory over Kansas City.

4th  Ed Crane of the Giants strikes out 4 consecutive batters in the 5th inning, one reaching on a missed 3rd strike. Crane finishes with a one-hit 1–0 victory over rookie John Tener of the Colts.

5th Pud “Kid” Galvin becomes the first player in history to reach 300 wins as he beats the Washington Nationals, 5–1, for Pittsburgh. Galvin allows 4 hits. There are 14 errors in the game, 9 by Washington.

9th  With an 8-4 victory over Louisville, Ice Box Chamberlin pitches the Browns (AA) to their 10th straight win (one tie). St. Louis, winners of the AA pennant in each of the last three years, is two games behind the Bridegrooms, but they’ll get no close and end the year as bridesmaids.

11th  New York P Bill George bats leadoff, goes 3-for-6, and pitches a 3-hitter to beat Indianapolis, 13–0.

13th  The NL season closes on a prosperous note. The Giants finish with a season attendance of 305,000, a league record.

14th  With a 5-1 victory over Cincinnati, St. Louis ace Silver King notches his 45th win of the season, 10 more than any other pitcher will get this year. The 20-year-old righthander will also finish leading the ML in games pitched (66), innings (586), complete games (64), and ERA (1.64).

The story breaks that Detroit is selling its players and dropping out of the NL. The Cleveland AA club will join the league and get any leftover players.

16th  The 10-game World Series opens in New York with the Giants and Tim Keefe edging the Browns and Silver King 2–1. Each hurler allows only 3 hits.

17th  The Browns even the series when Icebox Chamberlin blanks the Giants 3–0 on 6 hits.

18th  In game 3, Keefe beats King 4–2 thanks to 3 costly errors by St. Louis C Jack Boyle.

19th  The series moves to Brooklyn, where the Giants win 6–3 behind the battery of Cannonball Crane and Willard Brown.

Ed Williamson throws a baseball 133 yards, 11 inches, just 8 1/2 inches behind John Hatfield’s record, set in 1872. The contest, held in Cincinnati, rewards Ed with $200 and a diamond locket.

20th  The largest crowd of the series, 9,124, sees a dramatic 6–4 Giant victory at the Polo Grounds. Trailing 4–1 in the bottom of the 8th, New York scores 5 times, the go-ahead run scoring as 2 St. Louis fielders collide under a pop fly.

22nd  With a 12–5 win in Philadelphia, the Giants take a commanding 5-games-to-1 lead in the World Series.

24th  In St. Louis, the Browns stay alive in the WS with a 4-run 8th-inning rally that beats the Giants 7–5. Bill White’s 2-run single caps the comeback.

25th  The Giants clinch New York’s first World Championship 6 games to 2 by trouncing the Browns 11–3. Tim Keefe gets his 4th win of the series.

27th  The WS ends with St. Louis getting its 2nd “consolation” victory in a row. The Browns choose to bat first at home. Tip O’Neill, who was just 5-for-29 in the first 8 games, hits a bases-loaded HR in today’s 18–7 romp after having won yesterday’s 14–11 contest with a 3-run HR in the 10th inning. Tommy McCarthy also homers for St. Louis, off Cannonball Titcomb, the Giants starter. Cannonball allows 6 runs, half earned, in 4 innings. Utility infielder Gil Hatfield throws the final 5 innings, allowing 12 runs, including the grand slam. He’ll return to the mound next season.