1891 October

1st  Boston clinches the NL pennant with its 17th consecutive victory, 6–1, in Philadelphia, while Chicago is losing to Cincinnati by the same score. Herman Long stars in the clincher with 5 double-play pivots and a tie-breaking hit.

Ice Box Chamberlain switch pitches against Baltimore (AA) in a 16-4 Philadelphia win. Ice Box did the same thing in 1888 against KC.

2nd  In the first-ever ML game in Minnesota, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Columbus Buckeyes 5–0 in Minneapolis’s Athletic Park. Winning pitcher Frank Killen had starred for the WA Millers before the club folded in August. Jack Crooks is 3-for-3 for Columbus. This was scheduled to be part of a three-game series, but weather intervened and this is the only game played. The next ML game here will be with the Twins, in 1961.

Boston wins its 18th in a row beating Pittsburgh 5-3 as Kid Nichols becomes a 30-game winner for the first of 7 times in his career.

In a laugher called after six innings on account of darkness and loose play, the visiting Reds edge Chicago, 17-16.

3rd At Chicago, Cincinnati rolls to a 15–9 season-ending win over Chicago, their 3rd in a row in the Windy City and their 7th overall. The Reds are led by John Reilly, who hits 2 triples and 2 singles. The Reds escape the cellar and finish 2 percentage points ahead of Pittsburgh, which ended the season with 8 straight losses.

Tom Brown of the Boston Reds is voted the team’s most popular player by a local newspaper. Brown receives a watch.

4th  Browns rookie Ted Breitenstein gets his first start on the final day of the season and hurls a no-hitter versus Louisville. He wins 8–0 while walking one and facing the minimum 27 batters.

5th  A fiasco in Washington: After the Senators tie the game with 3 in the top of the 6th, The Orioles refuse to make put outs in the hopes that they can delay for darkness and have the score revert. But after 22 runs have crossed the plate, the umpire forfeits the game to Washington.

6th  The AA season closes with Baltimore winning 2 games in Washington to capture 3rd place, one-half game ahead of the Athletics. There will be no all-Boston World Series because of the intransigence of the Beaneater owners.

10th The Louisville club announces that it lost $10,516.75 on the season. Most clubs apparently lost money.

14th Former Chicago pitcher Larry Corcoran dies in Newark at the age of 32 of Bright’s Disease and alcoholism. Corcoran’s best year was 1884 when he went 27–12.

17th  A New York judge rules that the Giants do not have to put a roof on their bleacher seats, despite a recent ordinance passed by the Board of Aldermen.

20th Billy Hallman of the A’s announces that he has signed with the Phillies, opening a wave of player jumps.

21st As reported in the Washington Post, veteran pitcher Ed Daily, who captained the Senators earlier this year, dies of “quick consumption.” Third baseman Will Smalley, 20, who played poorly for Washington and was also released, died 10 days ago.

26th The Colts rookie star Bill Dahlen signs with the AA Milwaukee club for next season for $3500, including $500 in advance. Although the club would not field a major league team in 1892, it will be able to recover the $500 after a long court battle.