1884 September

2nd  Boston (NL) star Charlie Buffinton beats Cleveland 4–1 with the aid of 17 strikeouts, including 8 in a row. Buffinton will finish the year with 48 wins, 2nd only to Radbourn’s ML record of 60.

5th  With his St. Louis Browns (AA) in 5th place, manager Jimmy Williams resigns to become clerk of the Ohio Republican State Committee. 1B-captain Charlie Comiskey will pilot the Browns to a 16-7 record the rest of the way.

6th  Hoss Radbourn and Providence beat visiting Cleveland, 3–0. For Radbourn it is his record 16th straight win a consecutive win streak that began on August 7. Radbourn records 12 wins this year against Cleveland, a ML record for wins against one team.

9th  Buffalo, with Jim Galvin pitching, stops Hoss Radbourn’s winning streak of 18 straight games, a NL record. The final score is 2–0 over Providence, the second time the Grays have been shut out this year.   Tim Keefe will top Hoss in 4 years.

11th  The Grays, led by the indefatigable Charles Radbourn, post their 20th consecutive win over Cleveland, 9–1, giving them a 7-game cushion over Boston in the NL race.

When no umpire shows up for the Philadelphia-Toledo (AA) game, rookie Toledo P Hank O’Day is pressed into duty. After an undistinguished pitching career O’Day becomes a full-time umpire. In 1908 he will call New York Giant Fred Merkle out in a late-season game, erasing a game-winning, pennant-clinching run with one of the most famous umpiring decisions in the history of baseball.

13th Cleveland concludes a 51-day road trip (35 games) with an 11-2 loss at Boston.

15th In their final home game, against the Kansas City Unions (UA), the last place Wilmington Quick Steps have exactly zero fans in the stands at game time. Manager Joe Simmons decides to forfeit the game rather than play. Wilmington then disbands and four days later Pittsburgh (UA) disbands as well.

16th  Jim McCormick picks off 4 Boston Unions in an 8–4 Cincinnati victory, one of his 21 UA wins. Earlier in the season he won 19 games for Cleveland (NL). He will lead the UA in winning percentage and in ERA and his combined won-loss record for the year is 40-25 (21-3 in UA), just missing being a 20-game winner for two teams in the same season.

18th  Kansas City’s Kid Baldwin jumps over the rail of a Union Association game at Baltimore and fills in at catcher for the so-called “Chicago-Pittsburgh” franchise. Baldwin goes 1-for-1 and the out of towners win, 3-0.

19th  The UA decides to drop Pittsburgh and Wilmington and replace them with Milwaukee and Omaha. The latter club will last just 8 days before being replaced by St. Paul.

As noted in Harry Barber’s book, a game between the Dayton (Ohio) and Ironton clubs in Dayton, is noteworthy as being the quickest on record, only forty-seven minutes being occupied in playing the entire nine innings.

20th  Louisville moves into 2nd place in the AA, just 2 games behind the Mets, with a 2–1 win over Brooklyn. However, the Eclipse will fall back to 3rd within the week and will remain there for the rest of the season.

Baltimore (AA) hits 6 HRs, including 2 each by Oyster Burns and Jimmy Macullar, to topple Columbus 13–6.

22nd  Metropolitan ace Tim Keefe strikes out 12 and gives up his only hit in the 9th in a 12–0 rout of Columbus.

27th At Lakefront Park, Chicago drops 10 runs on Providence in the first inning, then holds on for a 15–10 victory. Gore and Dalrymple each have 2 hits in the big frame. Dalrymple ends with 5-for-6.

28th  Ed Cushman (Milwaukee, UA) no-hits Washington, 5–0.

30th  Chicago rolls by New York, 17-2, as winning pitcher John Clarkson strikes out 7 batters in a row.