1889 October

1st Boston takes over first place in the NL with an 8–5 win over Cleveland, while the Giants lose 7–2 to Pittsburgh.

2nd  King Kelly shows up drunk and is taken by the police when he threatens umpire McQuade. Without him, Boston loses 7–1 and falls behind New York, which wins, 6–3. Sam Thompson of the Phillies hits his 20th HR of the season. The AA HR leader, Harry Stovey, hits 19 this season, considered a greater achievement because of the bigger parks in the AA.

3rd Brooklyn (AA) pitcher Bob Caruthers wins a 17–0 laugher against Philadelphia. Rookie Sadie McMahon (16–12) is the loser.

Both NL contenders win. Boston wins in Pittsburgh, 7–2, behind John Clarkson’s 49th win of the year. New York wins 9–0 in Cleveland behind O’Keefe’s 27th win.

4th  Both contenders win again, setting up the final day with New York in front of Boston by percentage points .656 to .654. Each team has the option of playing one or two games tomorrow, so NY manager Jim Metro is in Pittsburgh to watch the Boston game. He is ready to wire to Cleveland if the Beaneaters are going to play an extra game, so that the Giants can also play one.

5th  New York wins the pennant on the final day by beating Cleveland, 5–3, while Boston loses in Pittsburgh, 6–1. This makes doubleheaders unnecessary for either team. Mike Tiernan stars for the Giants with a two-run homer and a steal of home. For Boston, John Clarkson is wild and ineffective in pitching his 5th game in 6 days. By beating the Beaneaters, the Alleghenies move into 5th place ahead of the Spiders. Chicago beats the Phillies, 3–2, to clinch 3rd place.

6th  Brooklyn wins its last home game, 9–0, over the Athletics (AA) in 6 innings before a crowd of 2,488, bringing the Bridegrooms’ home attendance for the season to 353,690, a ML record. The win helps Brooklyn maintain a 2 1/2 game lead with 7 games to play.

9th  Princeton Charlie Reilly hits a record 2 homers in his ML debut with Columbus to lead the Babies to a 10–6 victory over the Athletics. Only Bob Nieman (9/14/51) and Bert Campaneris (7/23/64) will match this in the next century.

10th  Charlie Reilly hits another HR, giving him 3 in his first 2 games, as Columbus beats the Athletics, 5–0. Joe Cunningham will be the only player in the next century to hit 3 homers in his first two games (June 30, July 1, 1954).

11th Cincinnati announces the signing of Cleveland manager Tom Loftus to manage the Reds in 1890. The Reds (AA) will retain Gus Schmeltz for the remainder of this year, including the Ohio series against Cleveland (NL) and Columbus (AA).

12th Brooklyn P Bob Caruthers blows a 5–2 lead in the 9th and Columbus rallies for 5 runs to beat the Bridegrooms, 7–5. The defeat leaves Brooklyn with the same number of losses (44) as St. Louis, although the Grooms have 3 more wins (91).

13th Although held to 3 hits by Hank Gastright, Brooklyn edges Columbus, 2–1, behind the 4-hit pitching of Adonis Terry.

14th Terry beats Columbus for the 2nd straight day, allowing 5 hits in a 6–1 win. The Adonis has a pair of triples to key another meager 5-hit attack.

In Cincinnati, the Browns keep their AA pennant hopes alive by winning their 12th straight, 5–1. St. Louis will play a twinbill in Cincinnati tomorrow and then 3 makeup games in Philadelphia.

15th The Browns hopes for a 5th straight pennant end when the Reds win game 1, 8–3. St. Louis wins the 2nd game but they are eliminated from the race and will not play the planned makeup games in Philadelphia.

In Jersey City a large crowd of supporters meets the Bridegrooms train from Columbus and celebrates the pennant winners on the boat ride back to Brooklyn.

16th The Athletics beat the Phillies, 4–3, in the opener of the city series.

17th Cleveland (NL) shuts out Cincinnati (AA), 4–0, in the opener of the Ohio series.

18th  The best-of-11 World Series between Brooklyn (AA) and New York (NL) opens at the Polo Grounds with the Bridegrooms winning 12–10 in 8 innings. Oyster Burns is 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs, including the game-winning double in the bottom of the last inning.

19th  The Giants bounce back at Washington Park with a 6–2 victory behind the 4-hit pitching of Ed “Cannonball” Crane.

22nd  After an off day and a rainout, the WS resumes in New York. The Bridegrooms build up a 6–2 lead and then barely hold on to win, 8–7. Umpire John Gaffney calls the game because of darkness in the top of 9th inning with the Giants having the bases loaded and one out.

23rd  In a 6-inning game delayed by arguments, the Giants tie the score with a 5-run top of the 6th only to see the Grooms win it in the bottom 10–7 on a 3-run HR by Oyster Burns. New York’s Jesse Burkett walks 13. Brooklyn leads the series three games to one.

24th  The Giants pound the Bridegrooms’ 40-game winner Bob Caruthers for 11 hits and 24 total bases and win easily, 11–3. Batterymates Cannonball Crane and Willard Brown and 2B Danny Richardson all homer for the victors.

25th  New York evens the series when Hank O’Day beats Adonis Terry in a 2–1, extra-inning pitchers’ duel. The Giants tie the game in the 9th on a single and 2 steals by Ward and a hit by Connor. In the 11th, Ward singles Slattery home with the winning run.

26th Paced by an 8-run 2nd inning, New York takes the lead in the WS, 4 games to 3, with an 11–7 triumph. O’Rourke starts the big rally with a double and caps it with a home run.

27th It’s an off day in the WS, but in Missouri, St. Louis loses the final game to Kansas City but still wins the state championship.

28th  The Giants pile up 12 runs in the first 4 innings against Terry and trounce the Grooms 16–7. New York P Crane posts his 4th win of the series.

29th  The Giants win their 2nd consecutive WS by taking this year’s best-of-11 matchup in 9 games. After spotting the Bridegrooms 2 runs in the first, the Giants rally to win 3–2 behind O’Day’s pitching. Slattery scores the winning run in the 7th inning, coming in from 2B as C Doc Bushing misses a two-out 3rd strike.