1887 September

1st  Following a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Detroits, Boston removes King Kelly as captain and gives the job back to manager-1B John Morrill. It works as they beat the visiting Indianapolis squad, 9-3.

3rd  The Browns win a doubleheader on Staten Island to run their latest winning streak to 12 games and extend their lead in the AA race to 191⁄2 games. New York falls, 20–8 and 7–4.

4th The Mets and Browns try and stage a Sunday game at Monitor Park in Weehawken, NJ. But the field is in bad shape and the crowd is much too large for the facilities, so only an exhibition game is played. St. Louis CF Curt Welch is knocked out of action for a week when he is hit in the head with a bat that slips out of the hands of teammate Tip O’Neill.

5th  Chicago wins the opening game of their final series against league-leading Detroit 11–7. John Clarkson picks up his 9th victory over the Wolverines, the most ever by a pitcher over a pennant-winning team.

In New York, the Browns (AA) lose to the Metropolitans, 6-5. St. Louis star Tip O’Neill connects for an extra base hit in his 12th straight game: 14 doubles, 3 triples, 2 homers. According to historian Trent McCotter, this includes 12 straight games where he scored a run, had an RBI, and had an extra base hit. Bobby Abreau, in 2005, will do the same in 10 straight games. O’Neill consecutive extra-base hit skein will be topped in 1927 by Paul Waner (14 games).

7th  Detroit gets sweet revenge against Clarkson and the White Stockings, beating them twice, 8–2 and 8–4, while amassing 34 hits. The defeat pushes the 2nd-place Chicagos 7 games behind.

Billy Otterson hits a 4th inning grand slam, off Mike Morrison, as Brooklyn spanks Cleveland, 16-3 (as noted by David Vincent).

11th  The Mets successfully stage a Sunday “home” game in Weehawken, NJ, losing to the Colonels 10–6.

The St. Louis Browns players refuse to play an exhibition game versus the all-black Cuban Giants team, stating in a letter to the owner that “we will cheerfully play against white people at any time and think that by refusing to play [blacks] we are only doing what is right.” Arlie Latham is singled out as the leader of the recalcitrant players and is fined.

13th  Jimmy Ryan goes 6-for-6 for Chicago with a single, double, HR, and 3 walks. He also pitches the final 5 innings in relief of Lady Baldwin to get the win. The White Stockings rally to beat the Phillies, 16–13, overcoming 13 errors committed.

14th  Chicago whips the visiting Phillies, 17–12, for their 3rd win in a row over the Philadelphians. The Phils will not lose for the rest of the season. Adrian “Cap” Anson is 3-for-5, giving him 17 hits in the last 5 games. His hot streak will win him the NL batting title with an official .421 average (without walks, which are counted as hits, Sam Thompson would have won the title with a .372 mark).

15th For the 2nd day in a row, the Reds play a morning game in Staten Island, NY, against the Mets and an afternoon game in Brooklyn. The Mets play Cleveland in the p.m. game, losing both games. The Reds Tony Mullane pitches his 5th shutout of the year, winning 4–0, against the Mets to tie the ML season record of a pitcher against one team (Lady Baldwin, 1886). The Reds (AA) beat Brooklyn, 11–1, in the p.m. game.

18th Doc Bushong catches for the Browns for the first time since suffering a broken finger on July 1. But he’ll never regain the form that made him the best defensive catcher in the AA. The Browns win, 6-4 over visiting Cleveland.

22nd  Elmer Smith of Cincinnati shuts out St. Louis 6–0. The Browns will be blanked in only 2 regular season games, both times by Smith.

28th  Abner Dalrymple hits 2 dramatic HRs in front of his old fans in Chicago, one to tie the game for Pittsburgh in the 8th inning and one to win it 3–2 in the 10th. These are Dalrymple’s only HRs of the season.

30th  Connie Mack singles, steals 2B, and scores on John Irwin’s first NL hit to give Washington a 1–0 victory over New York. Jim Whitney and Tim O’Keefe each strike out 10.