3rd Joe Kelley becomes the second man in ML history to get 9 hits (9-for-9) in a doubleheader, as Baltimore sweeps Cleveland, 13-2 and 16-3, to strengthen its hold on first place. It will be 32 years until another player matches Kelley’s achievement. In the 6-inning game 2, against Cy Young, Kelley ties the ML record with 4 doubles, and his 9 straight hits sets a ML record, which will be broken in 3 years. In the first game, the two teams combine for a ML record 11 triples, with Baltimore racking up 9 of them against Mike Sullivan. Baltimore will hit 150 triples in 129 games this year.
New York takes a pair from Cincinnati, winning game 1 by a 16-2 score. George Van Haltren hits a grand slam, off Henry Fournier, in the seven-run 3rd inning. New York wins the 2nd game, 6-4.
This is easy. Connie Mack takes over from Al Buckenberger as manager of Pittsburgh and leads his team to a 22–1 pasting of Washington, Mack’s old team.
The Louisville Courier-Journal, in describing Cap Anson as a “wholesome example to the young ballplayers,” states approvingly that “he smokes three cigars a day.”
4th New York rallies for 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to slip by Pittsburgh 14–13 and edge closer to 2nd place in the NL race.
6th For the 2nd time in 3 days, New York beats Pittsburgh by scoring in the bottom of the 9th, allowing them to pass Boston—which loses to Louisville, 15–10, in the Colonels’ first victory in 19 games—and move into 2nd place. Pitcher Jouett Meekin clubs a home run in the 9th to give the host New Yorkers a 6–5 win.
In the first of two games at Philadelphia, the Phils beat the Reds, 14–7, but the game will later be declared a no decision. It is ruled to have been illegally transferred from the Reds park. The Phils win the regularly scheduled 2nd game by a 16-2 score as Sam Thompson clubs his 3rd career grand slam. He is now tied with Bug Holliday for the ML career mark.
10th That’s a complete game, Skip. Pitcher Adonis Terry goes the distance against the Beaneaters as the Colts lose, 25-8. It is a franchise-record for most runs an opponent has ever scored against the team and, of course, the most runs scored against a Chicago pitcher in a game.
11th Pittsburgh stops Philadelphia twice, winning 9-7 and 9-8. In game 2 they are stopped by an 8th inning triple play by the Phils, but they plate 2 in the 9th for the victory.
15th Future Hall of Famer Bobby Wallace makes his ML debut, pitching for the Cleveland Spiders. He gives up 14 hits in a 6-inning game, called on account of rain. Wallace will be 18–22 as a pitcher over the next 4 years, but will sparkle for two decades as the shortstop.
16th Cincinnati beats Baltimore 4–3 in the 2nd game of the doubleheader and snaps the Orioles’ 18-game winning streak.
At Chicago’s West Side Grounds, George Decker connects for 2 HRs and hits for the cycle in leading Chicago to a 13–5 win over Brooklyn.
18th At St. Louis, Boston outhits the Browns but loses, 5-4. Hugh Duffy does his best for Boston by collecting three triples, a double and a walk.
20th Chicago rolls over Philadelphia, 20-4, as Bill Dahlen plates 5 runs for the 2nd time this season.
22nd After pitching 12 innings the previous day, Pittsburgh P Philip “Red” Ehret throws a 4-hitter to defeat 2nd-place New York, 4–1. For his efforts against New York Ehret wins $100 offered by Baltimore’s Wilbert Robinson for the win.
23rd Reds 2B Bid McPhee makes 3 errors in one inning as Cincinnati loses the opener of 2 to Brooklyn, 10–9. Tom Parrott, scheduled to start game 1, doesn’t arrive until the 5th inning. He gets the start in game 2 (as noted by Rhodes and Snyder), but walks off the mound in the 2nd inning after Arlie Latham criticizes him for a lack of effort.
24th Phillies pitcher John Johnson wins his only ML game as the Phillies make it easy, beating host St. Louis, 21-1. Every Phillie plates 2 or more runs except Delahanty.
Baltimore manager Ned Hanlon admits in the Boston Globe that he offered the St. Louis club $200 if they won two games against Boston in their recent series. They won all three games by a run.
The Washington Post refers to John Montgomery Ward as a “Baby Ruth,” a reference to Grover Cleveland’s new daughter, Ruth.
25th Baltimore clinches the NL pennant by beating Cleveland, 14–9.
26th In the Phils 12–6 loss at St. Louis, Billy Hamilton is 0-for-5, snapping his batting streak of 26 or 36 games. Researcher Trent McCotter, in 2004, discovers that Hamilton was hitless in the first game on August 27, a protested 0-0 game. Since the stats counted, Hamilton’s 10-game hitting streak, which began on August 15, was stopped in that game.
27th Cleveland bombards the Phillies, 26-4 with 25 hits, 5 by Ed McKean. Cupid Childs scores 5 runs. The league sets a ML record with 32 games in which 20 or more runs are scored.
28th In the Reds 9–8 loss to New York in Cincinnati, Cincy’s Tom Parrott, playing at 2B, hits for the cycle.
29th Plans for the establishment of a new ML, to be called the National Association, are revealed in the New York Clipper. NL officials counter with a plan to shrink back to 8 clubs and to create a 2nd club of young players for each NL team to play at home when the parent club is on the road.
30th Losing to Cincinnati 16–1 in the bottom of the 6th, Cleveland stages a furious comeback, including an 11-run outburst in the 7th, to conclude the season with a 16–16 tie. This is a ML record for the largest lead without getting a victory.
In the final of the season in Chicago in a game that goes just 8 innings, no doubt called because of some mercy rule, Baltimore trims the Colts, 20-9. Heinie Reitz hits a grand slam in the 7th off Adonis Terry as Baltimore finishes as the NL champion. Chicago completes the year with a club-record four players driving in 100 or more runs: Anson & Irwin (100); Dahlen (108) and Wilmot (130).