1890 September

1st  In a first, Brooklyn wins 3 games in one day, feasting on Pittsburgh 10–9, 3–2, and 8–4. In the first game, a morning single admission contest, the losers are down 10–0 with 2 out in the 9th, then score 9 runs. The game ends as Doggie Miller hits a bases-loaded triple and is out trying to make it a game-tying homer. The two games in the afternoon are a single admission doubleheader. The three losses extend Pittsburgh’s losing streak to 22; it will reach 24 before they win again. Baltimore and Louisville will next play a triple header, on September 7, 1896, and Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will do it on October 2, 1920.

2nd In the 4th at Brooklyn, Dave Foutz hits a grounder to Pittsburgh 1B Guy Hecker and then stops halfway down the line. Hecker waits for him, not tagging the bag, then appeals to umpire Strief. The ump calls Foutz out for not running, apparently unaware that the rule requiring the batsman to run to first after a fair hit was repealed in 1888. Hecker then throws the ball back to the pitcher and Foutz runs the first. An argument follows but Strief ignores the rules and calls an out. Brooklyn wins, 5–4.

5th Chicago rookie Pat Luby continues his winning streak, winning ugly over the Reds, 12–8. Luby hits three batters in the 5th in the victory, which will reach a record 17 straight games by the end of the campaign.

6th  Toledo plays at Baltimore (AA) and one player from each side is picked to umpire. With the score 2–2 after 7, the Toledo ump calls the game because of darkness, whereupon the Baltimore ump forfeits the game to the Orioles.

Pat Friel connects for a 4-run homer in the 6th inning, against Toad Ramsey, as Syracuse rolls over St. Louis, 20-4 (as noted by David Vincent).

8th  The Colts’ Elmer Foster, who hit his first ML homer two games ago, connects for his 2nd, a grand slam, to pace Chicago to a 7-3 victory over visiting Pittsburgh. Foster, in his 4th season, will hit three more homers before the season’s over.

12th  OF Billy Sunday is 3-for-4 for Philadelphia in a 12–6 win over Boston. After playing for Pittsburgh most of the year, Sunday plays the last 31 games at Philley, then retires to become a fulltime evangelist, leaving a .248 batting average.

14th  When Buffalo (PL) captain Jay Faatz and VP Frank disagree, Connie Mack is appointed captain for the rest of the season, unofficially marking the start of his managing career. At season’s end he will be one of the players who is unpaid, and one of the backers who loses his $500 investment.

15th  Lefthander Ledell “Cannonball” Titcomb, 24, pitches a no-hitter for Rochester over Syracuse (AA) 7–0. It’s his only shutout of the year in his last ML season.

Bert Cunningham of Buffalo (Player’s League) uncorks a ML record 5 wild pitches in the first inning of the second game of a doubleheader. The unfortunate catcher is Owen “Spider” Clark, who played the outfield in game 1 when Connie Mack caught. Cunningham throws no more wild pitches in the 7–5 loss to Chicago, called after 6 innings. Chicago wins the opener as well, 9-4.

17th  Out of money, the AA Athletics disband, releasing or selling all players and finishing out the schedule with a pick-up team that loses its remaining 21 games. Among players sold are OF Curt Welch, P Sadie McMahon, and C Wilbert Robinson to Baltimore.

18th  In the 8th inning of a NL game in Canton, Ohio, Cleveland turns a 9-8 deficit against Pittsburgh into a lead when Buck West hits a three-run homer against Bill Phillips. Cleveland eventually hangs on for an 11-10 win. The Buck shot is West’s 3rd career homer and comes in his last ML at bat. Chief Zimmer contributes a grand slam off Phillips in the 8th inning of the Cleveland uprising.

23rd  Against Philadelphia, St. Louis (AA) Browns 1B Ed “Jumbo” Cartwright becomes the first major league player to drive in 7 runs in an inning when he hits a 3-run homer and a grand slam in the 3rd in support of Ed Nicol’s no hitter. Both homers by the 30-year-old rookie come against 40-year-old rookie Ed Green. St. Louis scores 11 runs in the inning and is leading, 21–2, after 7 innings when darkness ends the game. Nicols (spelled Nichols in Lanigan’s Cyclopedia) walks 9 in the no-hitter. He’ll end his ML career at 5-7. The woeful Athletics are in the middle of a year-ending 22-game losing streak in which they will score 60 runs to their opponents 278 runs.

At Pittsburgh, the Giants sweep a pair from the Alleghenies, winning 7-5 and 8-6. Jesse Burkett walks 13 in game 2, but allows just 4 hits. The Alleghenies are now 21-109 and are 62 ½ games out of first place.

27th Jack Glasscock of the New York Giants collects 6 hits, all singles, off the Reds Tony Mullane. The visiting Giants win, 15-3.

29th The Buffalo Bisons (PL) turn back the Boston Red Stockings, 7-4, with a 9th-inning triple play. (courtesy SABR Triple Play database).

30th  In Chicago’s 6–4 win over Boston at West Side Park, Walt Wilmot of Chicago, is called out twice while running the bases when he is hit with batted balls. Rookie Pat Luby wins his 16thstraight, beating Boston ace John Clarkson.