1891 September

4th  “Old Man” Cap Anson answers the critics who have been calling for his retirement by showing up for today’s game wearing a wig and a long white beard much to the delight of the Chicago crowd. Anson wears this costume throughout the game, which his Colts, 5–3, win over the Beaneaters, stretching Chicago’s lead to 7 games over Boston.

Sparked by a 7th inning grand slam by Duke Farrell off Jack Leiper, Boston beats Columbus, 14-4.

5th  Boston salvages the final game of the 3-game series in Chicago, 3-2. Billy Nash scores the winning run in the 8th on a double steal. Boston is in second place in the NL, 6 games behind Chicago and 2 game ahead of the Giants.

7th  Anson sleeps through the morning game of a Labor Day bill in Brooklyn and his Colts lose, 21-3. Burns, Dailey and Collins each collect 4 hits. But he has 3 hits, including a homer in the p.m. game, which Chicago wins, 9-8.

8th  Boston (AA) beats St. Louis 9-2, scoring 4 runs on one play as a bases-loaded single is followed by three throwing errors by the Browns. With a 9 ½ game lead, the Reds seem assured of the AA pennant.

9th  Disgusted with owner Von der Ahe’s constant criticism, St. Louis stars Tommy McCarthy and Jack Stivetts sign with the Boston Beaneaters (NL) for 1892.

Boston (NL) outslugs visiting Cleveland to win, 14–10 and 10–8. Tommy Tucker has a grand slam in the opener, connecting in the 3rd off John Shearon.

10th  In its first AA home game, after taking the Reds’ place in the league, the Milwaukee Brewers blasts out a 30–3 triumph over Washington to the delight of 2,450 fans. The Brewers will log a record of 14-5 home record by the season’s end.

12th  That’s no lady. Mark Baldwin of Pittsburgh pitches 2 complete-game victories in Brooklyn, winning 13–3 and 8–4 while allowing a total of 11 hits. This gives him 4 wins in 6 days.

14th  Wild Bill Hutchinson posts his 40th win of the season, beating Boston, 7–1. Chicago now leads the Beaneaters by 5 ½ games.

15th  Chicago wins the second game of the series with Boston, 8-4, to extend its NL lead over the Beaneaters to 6 ½ games with just 16 playing dates remaining.

16th  Last place Louisville (AA) wins their 2nd game in a row beating Washington, 7-0, to move out of last place. Their streak will reach 12 wins. Washington drops to last place and will soon get replace manager Dan Shannon with Sandy Griffin, the 4th manager this year.

Boston salvages the final game of the series, 7-2, as Kid Nichols beats Chicago for the first time after 9 losses to the Colts.

18th  Billy Hamilton steals 4 bases to pace the Phillies to an 11–6 decision over the Cincinnati Reds. Sliding Billy will finish the season with a league-leading 115 steals, breaking the 100 mark for the 3rd year in a row.

19th  Boston takes a pair from Pittsburgh, winning 11-3 and 11-2. Joe Quinn has a grand slam in game 2 off Mark Baldwin.

Amos Rusie beats Chicago, 8-0, for the second time in 3 days as the Giants complete a 3-game sweep of the Colts. Boston, having meanwhile won 3 from Pittsburgh, closes to within 2 ½ games of first place.

21st  Brooklyn loses to Boston 6-1 as the Bridegrooms 2B John Ward makes 2 key errors in the 5-run 8th inning.

The Giants lose to the Phillies, 11-9, as John Ewing (21-8), younger brother of Buck Ewing, makes his last start of the year for New York. His 2.27 ERA will lead the league in this, his last season. Ewing is the first pitcher to win 20 games in his final season: four will do it in the 20th Century and Mike Mussina will accomplish the feat in the first decade of the 21st. Ewing will die in 1895 at the age of 35.

23rd Aided by sloppy fielding and suicidal baserunning of Brooklyn, the Beaneaters win a doubleheader, 5-1 and 9-2, to edge within two games of the Colts.

25th  The Boston Reds clinch the AA pennant with a 6–2 victory in Baltimore.

The Boston Beaneaters win their 10th in a row, beating the Phillies, 6–3, thanks in part to 3 errors by 3B Ed Mayer. Boston is now just 2 games behind Chicago.

      The Topeka Daily Capital observes thatThe ballplayer is as ticklish about his age as the maiden–of discretion–who has passed through many summers and hard winters, and that is perhaps the reason that there is an unwritten rule banishing beards from the baseball field.” (as noted by Graham Womack)

26th  Amos Rusie wins both ends of a doubleheader, 10-4 and 13-5, in Brooklyn for the Giants. He is then given the final week of the season off, so he will not pitch against Boston.

Tim Shinnick of Louisville hits a 4th-inning grand slam, off Harry Burrell, in a 7-2 Colonels victory over St. Louis.

27th  Louisville wins a pair in St. Louis, 6-3 and 11-0, to extend its winning streak to 11 games, tying the best streak in the AA this year.

28th  The 3rd-place Giants arrive in Boston without their two best pitchers (Amos Rusie and John Ewing) and their best hitter (Roger Connor) and arrange to play 5 games in 3 days. They lose the first one, 11–3, as the Beaneaters move to within one-half game of Chicago, which loses to Cy Young and Cleveland, 4–2.

29th  Dan Shannon resigns as Washington’s manager. Sandy Griffin will finish the season in charge of the last-place Senators.

30th  The Beaneaters complete a 5–game sweep of the Giants and vault into first place in the NL race with just 3 days to go. Chicago president James A. Hart protests the extra makeup games played by the Giants in Boston. Several sportswriters are convinced that the eastern clubs have purposely let Boston win the recent games, especially after four Giants are retired at home plate in the final game, which Boston wins, 5–3.

The Athletics sign Orioles manager Billy Barnie to manage their club in 1892. Barnie will finish the season with the O’s including 3 games against the A’s.