1885 September

1st  Detroit C Charlie Bennett hits a grand slam in the 1st inning, off Henry Boyle, leading Detroit (NL) to an 8–3 victory over the St. Louis Maroons. It is the only slam in the NL this year: also hitting grand slams are Dave Orr (NY) and Tom Brown (Pitt) in the AA.

3rd Charles Ferguson follows up his no-hitter with an 18-hitter, losing, 18-3, to New York.

4th  Playing a make-up game (a rain-out in Buffalo) in Milwaukee, Chicago player-manager Cap Anson hits HRs in consecutive innings (6th and 7th), to help Chicago down Buffalo, 12–4. Chicago won yesterday, 10–4, in Chicago and will beat Buffalo again tomorrow, 6–0, in the Windy City. John Clarkson is the winner of both games, while Pete Conway picks up the losses. Chicago will play a second game in Milwaukee on the 25th.

New York’s Mickey Welch defeats Boston, 6–3, to run his consecutive game win streak to 17, one short of the mark set by Hoss Radbourn last year.

5th Chicago’s John Clarkson stops Buffalo, 6–0, for his 10th straight win over the Buffs this year. Clarkson will win 53 games this year, completing all 70 starts he makes.

Philadelphia’s Charles Ferguson beat’s New York’s Mickey Welch, 3–1, stopping Welch’s 18-game consecutive winning streak.

7th  Despite a first-inning triple play by New York, Mickey Welch loses to the Phillies 3–1, snapping his 17-game winning streak, a ML record. His last loss was on July 16th, versus Boston. Charlie Ferguson is the winner. Tim Keefe, in 1888, will compile a streak of 19 straight wins, and Rube Marquard will match that in 1912.

8th  George A. Rawlings, owner of a well-known sporting goods store in St. Louis applies for a patent on a baseball glove. Rawlings proposes the use of padding in the fingers, thumb, and the palm of the gloves for the “prevention of the bruising of the hands when catching the ball.” The felt/rubber combination in the padding provided for increased flexibility and improved protection from bruising.

9th  The Grays beat the Phillies 3–1, ending their 13-game losing streak. This is the last ML game ever played in Providence.

11th  Providence suspends ace P Hoss Radbourn and 3B Jerry Denny; Radbourn, the NL’s highest-paid player ($6,000), is unjustly suspended due to NY beating him, 9–1.

15th Boston P Charles Buffinton receives an $80 coat for defeating Chicago.

16th Ed Cushman of New York (AA) strikes out 8 batters in a row en route to a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.

17th The Southern League ends its season, one month before scheduled.

Detroit management pays $7,000 for control of the Buffalo club. NL president Nick Young will later declare the deal illegal, and disallows the sale and transfer.

19th  Buffalo’s “Big Four” (Dan Brouthers, Hardy Richardson, Jack Rowe, and Deacon White) are to play for Detroit today, but NL prexy Young orders umpire Bob Ferguson to forfeit the game to New York. Detroit withdraws the players, and they are forced to play out the season with Buffalo.

25th Playing their second game of the year—a make-up for a rainout in Providence—at Milwaukee’s Wright Street Grounds, Chicago pummels Providence, 21–3. Providence won yesterday in Chicago, 6–3, beating John Clarkson, but will lose to the future Hall of Famer tomorrow, 6–0.

28th  Philadelphia’s Harry Stovey hits his AA-leading 13th HR off Pittsburgh’s John Hofford. This is also Stovey’s 51st career HR, which is the current ML record.

Led by Moxie McQuery, who hits for the cycle, Detroit downs the visiting Providence Greys, 14-2.

29th  More than 10,000 fans crowd West Side Park (seating capacity of 6,000); seats are placed in right and left field, and it is declared that if a ball is hit into the crowd, a triple shall be credited. Chicago hits 5 triples, 3 by King Kelly, in this manner, while New York hits 0, and beats NY, 7–4.

30th  Philadelphia AA pitcher Bobby Mathews strikes out 4 Pittsburgh Alleghenies in the 7th inning, the first pitcher ever to do so. Two of the 4 strikeout victims end up on 1B, but Mathews still emerges with a 5-2 win.

Chicago NL clinches the pennant with a 2–1 victory over New York. Fred Pfeffer’s 7th-inning homer is the margin of victory as John Clarkson wins over Tim Keefe.

Canadian Fred Wood catches his only game for Boston, with brother Pete Wood pitching. This is one of the few brother batteries ever in ML history, preceded only by the White brothers, Deacon and Will, of the 1878 Cincinnati team. Boston tops Buffalo, 5–3.