1st Cincinnati captain Charles Comiskey, interviewed in the New York Clipper, states that “the days of the twelve club league are numbered. The double season plan is a failure…as the public will decide that a team that are [sic] champions up to the Fourth of July ought to be champions all season.”
4th Amos Rusie of the Giants pitches 2 complete- game victories over Washington at the Polo Grounds, winning 6–4 and 9–5.
5th Cy Young of Cleveland hurls his league-leading 9th shutout, beating Cincinnati 6–0.
As noted by historian Allan Wood, The New York Times reports “A Scheme On Foot to Reduce The Salaries of Players: There is a movement on foot for the reduction of salaries. Club officials claim that some of the stars are receiving wages far in excess of they ought to be and there will be a general cut. The players have been expecting this. The probabilities are that a salary limit will be adopted. This was done a few seasons ago, but all of the club officials broke the compact. It is barely possible that they will gladly live up to it now.”
7th Light hitting Tom McCarthy hits a double, triple, and 2 home runs off Silver King of New York in a 9-2 Boston victory.
11th In undramatic fashion, Cleveland clinches the 2nd half championship by playing a tie game with Pittsburgh as Boston loses the 2nd game of a twin bill with Brooklyn.
12th In an 11–3 loss to Louisville, Browns C Dick Buckley breaks his arm in a home-plate collision with Colonel OF Tom Brown. Opposing pitchers Pink Hawley for the Browns and Ben Sanders for Louisville each hit homeruns.
Washington (NL) loses to Philadelphia, 8-5, despite having Washington Nationals bench player Tom Dowse behind the plate umping. For the Irish-born Dowse, it is his last ML appearance. He set a NL record this year when he played for four teams: Louisville, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Washington, all in 63 games.
In a 9-4 Baltimore win at New York, slugger Harry Stovey hits a grand slam for the Orioles off Silver King.
14th The scheduled Boston-Washington game is postponed because the Senators’ field has already been reserved by the Columbia Athletic Club for a football game against Princeton.
15th Charles “Bumpus” Jones of Cincinnati, making his ML debut, pitches a no-hit game over Pittsburgh, winning 7–1 on the final day of the season. Jones, who won 16 games in a row in the minors, will have a tough time the following season when the pitching distance is increased. He will go 1-4 with a 10.93 ERA and never pitch in the majors again.
In a 7–1 win at Philadelphia, rookie Wee Willie Keeler, a lefthander, plays 3B for the Giants and collects 3 hits in 4 trips.
Boston’s Jack Stivetts hurls a 5-inning no-hitter against Washington, winning by a score of 6–0.
Cleveland beats visiting Louisville, 11-3, using a pair of bases-loaded triples to win. The two bases-loaded triples ties the NL mark. It will be tied again, but never topped.
The Chicago White Sox end their season with a 1–0 victory over the St. Louis Browns before 1,500. The game was originally scheduled for St. Louis, but is moved to Kansas City after president Spears (of KC) and a local banker offer $1,000 for the transfer. Chicago wins the coin flip and, batting last, scores an unearned run in the first inning. Bill Hutchinson allows just two hits to win over Pink Hawley. “It was a stupid affair, and the spectators sat through it like professional mourners at a funeral,” grumbles the ChicagoTribune. It will be more than 100 years before Chicago’s NL club reappears in Kansas City.
17th To settle the championship of baseball’s first split season, Boston, the first-half winner, starts a 5-game series with Cleveland, the 2nd-half champ. Jack Stivetts and Cy Young battle to a memorable 11-inning scoreless tie. Darkness ends the game a 5 p.m.
18th In Cleveland, 6,700 fans see Boston nip the home team 4–3 with Harry Staley beating John Clarkson. The latter had pitched for Boston in the first half before joining Cleveland. Hugh Duffy has a single, double and triple and drives in 3 runs. Down 4-2, in the 9thwith 2 outs and with a runner on, Chief Zimmer comes to the plate and is “offered various sums of money by different spectators to put the ball over the fence. He nearly earned the money by hitting for three bases, the ball striking the top of the left field fence” (New York Times).
19th In front of 5,000 spectators in Cleveland, Boston wins another one-run contest 3–2 as Jack Stivetts bests Cy Young. Cleveland scores 2 in the top of the 1st for all their scoring.
21st The winless Cleveland Spiders move to Boston where Kid Nichols shuts them out 4–0 before 6,547.
22nd The close contests are over as Boston beats Cleveland, 12-7. Clarkson is unable to hold a 6-0 lead and loses to Stivetts.
24th After a Sunday rest, the Boston Beaneaters sweep the series with their 5th victory 8–3, overcoming a 3-0 deficit. Only 1,812 fans show up on a cold day.
25th Although Boston fans showed little interest in the playoff, the directors give the team $1,000 to split among the 13 players. Hugh Duffy is the batting star, collecting 12 hits in 6 games, including 2 doubles, 2 triples, and a HR.