1883 September

1stChicago scores 11 runs in the 3rd inning en route to a 21–7 thrashing of Cleveland. Chicago collects 9 doubles with Abner Dalrymple and Fred Pfeffer each getting 4 hits. It must feel good, because Chicago toddles again in 5 days.

3rd  Philadelphia breaks its 14-game losing streak, the longest of the year, by defeating Providence, 6–3.

Buffalo defeats Detroit, 12–4, as Jim Lillie hits the only NL grand slam of the year. It’s the first homerun for the rookie.

4th  Columbus crushes Baltimore, 21–4, behind Tom Brown, who goes 6-for-7 with 5 runs and 4 extra-base hits.

6th  Chicago uses the big inning to roll against Detroit, winning, 26–6. Chicago sets a ML record by scoring 18 runs in the 7th inning as Tom Burns sets records by going 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and a HR and scoring 3 runs. Fred Pfeffer and Ned Williamson also collect 3 hits in the inning, while Goldsmith, Billy Sunday and Kelly have two apiece. Chicago tallies 6 doubles in the inning, a record that won’t be topped until Boston hits 7 on August 25, 1936. Fourteen runs score before the first out and before manager Dan O’Leary changes pitchers. Detroit scores zero, but the 18 runs in the 7th is actually a record for 2 teams as well. All Chicago hitters have 3 or more hits, except leadoff hitter Dalrymple with 2. Detroit Free Press editor Charles Mathison, in listing the box score, writes, “The Free Press would be pleased to submit the full score of this remarkable game to its readers, but the Western Union Telegraph Company, which has no excuse for its poor service, has furnished it bobtailed and in ludicrous deformity (no assists or errors are listed) it is submitted below. The company was requested to supply the missing links, but the head operator declined to do so.”

The Athletics cling to their lead in the AA by defeating second-place St. Louis, 4-3, for the 3rd consecutive game. Over 45,000 fans attend the series.

8thWith Chicago winning 12–8 over Detroit, the team concludes an extraordinarily successful series. Chicago outscores their opponent in the 4-game series by a combined score of 65–16.

At Philadelphia, New York scores 13 runs in the 3rd inning to coast to a 16–6 win over the Phils. The game is called after 8 innings because of darkness as “the baby actions in the box” (NY Times) by the Phillie pitchers delays the game.

10th  Chicago loses to Boston 4–2, breaking its 11-game winning streak, the longest of the season.

Cincinnati slugger John Reilly hits two homers, a club first, in a 12-6 win at Bank Street Grounds. Both homers are inside-the-park.

11th  Boston scores 2 runs in the top of the 9th to top Chicago 3–2, taking over the first place. Boston will not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the season.

12th  At a meeting in Pittsburgh, the Union Association is formed. The UA states its intention to ignore the reserve rule.

Cincinnati (AA) mauls Allegheny 27–5 collecting a club-record 33 hits. Warren “Hick” Carpenter and “Long John” Reilly each get 6 hits, while Reilly scores 6 runs and hits for the cycle. Charley Jones has 5 hits for the Reds. The 17 hits by three players sets a record, tied in 1897.

13th  Hugh “One-Arm” Daily of Cleveland (NL) pitches a no-hitter, defeating host Philadelphia 1–0. Daily was on the short end of a no-hitter on July 25. Daily fans 2 and walks 3. An account of the game says that the ground at Recreation Park was in a “wretchedly soggy condition and this soon made the ball so mushy it was impossible to hit it effectively.”

At Recreation Park in Columbus, Ohio, The Athletics’ Jud Birchall hits a leadoff inside-the-park home run—his lone career homer—off Frank Mountain of Columbus as the A’s win, 11-5. The Athletics lead the AA by 3 1/2 games over the Browns, 3-0 losers to the Orioles.

15th  Philadelphia features an all-Yale battery as Al Hubbard catches Jack Jones, teammates on the Eli intercollegiate championship team, at Cincinnati. The Reds flunk Jones, beating him, 11–0, the A’s worst loss of the year. This was Hubbard’s 2ndand final game in the ML; he debuted two days ago in Columbus under the name Al West.

18th  Before the start of the Reds-Philadelphia game in Cincinnati, a wedding takes place at home plate. Assistant groundskeeper Louis Can marries Rosie Smith. The Reds collect $60 in cash and the visiting Athletics chip in with another $40. The novelty of the wedding attracts a crowd of 2,201, the highest Monday crowd of the year, who see the Athletics edge the Reds, 13–12.

19th  For the second time in a week, Cincinnati 1B Long John Reilly hits for the cycle, turning the trick against Philadelphia’s George Bradley in a 12-3 win. Bradley gave up baseball’s first cycle, in 1882, to Buffalo’s Foley.

25th  The Union League, later known as the Eastern League, is officially formed in New York.

26thThe St. Louis Browns (AA) stomp on the Alleghenies, winning 20-3, and pinning to losing on Jack Neagle. Neagle finishes the year at 5-23, pitching for three teams. His 3-12 record for Pittsburgh will earn him another year, and he will go 11-26 in 1884.

27th  Boston officially clinches the NL title, beating Cleveland, 4–1.

28th  After losing 2 straight games to the Eclipse, the Athletics rally in the bottom of the 10th inning, 7–6, to clinch the AA championship.