Author: This Day in Baseball

1885 – The Washington Nationals are admitted to the National League, in place of Providence. The Washington club was displaced in the American Association by the court’s decision that the Mets’ franchise could not be revoked.

1885 – The Washington Nationals are admitted to the National League, in place of Providence. The Washington club was displaced in the American Association by the court’s decision that the Mets’ franchise could not be revoked.

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New York Gotham pitcher Mickey Welch strikes out the first nine Cleveland Blues hitters to come to the plate, establishing a major league record. The mark will last until 1970, when Mets right-hander Tom Seaver strikes out the last ten San Diego he faces in a Shea Stadium contest.

New York Gotham pitcher Mickey Welch strikes out the first nine Cleveland Blues hitters to come to the plate, establishing a major league record. The mark will last until 1970, when Mets right-hander Tom Seaver strikes out the last ten San Diego he faces in a Shea Stadium contest.

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John Reilly completes his second cycle in eight days when the National Association’s Red Stockings beat Philadelphia, 12-3, at the Bank Street Grounds. Last week, the 24 year-old Cincinnati first baseman collected three singles, a double, a triple, and a homer in the 27-5 rout of Pittsburgh.

John Reilly completes his second cycle in eight days when the National Association’s Red Stockings beat Philadelphia, 12-3, at the Bank Street Grounds. Last week, the 24 year-old Cincinnati first baseman collected three singles, a double, a triple, and a homer in the 27-5 rout of Pittsburgh.

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The American Association elects Denny McKnight as its president

1881 – The American Association elects H.D. McKnight as its president. It votes to honor the National League blacklist in the case of drunkenness but not to abide by its reserve clause. The new league will rely on home gate receipts, visiting teams getting just a $65 guarantee on the road, as opposed to the NL’s policy of giving 15¢ from each admission to the visitors. The AA will allow Sunday games, liquor sales, and 25¢ tickets, all prohibited by the NL.

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The American Association is founded in Cincinnati, OH with the motto “Liberty to All.”

1881 – The American Association is founded in Cincinnati, OH with the motto “Liberty to All.” The members are the Brooklyn Atlantics, Cincinnati Red Stockings, Louisville Colonels, Philadelphia Athletics, Pittsburgh Alleghenys and St. Louis Brown Stockings. The Brooklyn team will be replaced by the Baltimore Orioles before the start of the first season. This AA will be considered a major league.

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September 15 – Davy Force of the Buffalo Bisons turns 2 unassisted double plays, participates in 2 other double plays and starts a triple play for the Bisons. Despite his feat, Buffalo loses in 12 innings, 7–6 to the Worcester Ruby Legs.

September 15 – Davy Force of the Buffalo Bisons turns 2 unassisted double plays, participates in 2 other double plays and starts a triple play for the Bisons. Despite his feat, Buffalo loses in 12 innings, 7–6 to the Worcester Ruby Legs.

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Roger Connor becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam

At Haymakers’ Grounds, future Hall of Fame first baseman Roger Connor becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam, giving the Troy Trojans a 7-4 walk-off victory over the Worcester Ruby Legs. The 23 year-old Waterbury, CT native’s sayonara slam, a home run which wins a game when a team is down by three runs in the bottom of the final inning, comes with two outs.

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On his birthday, Mickey Welch throws two complete game victories when Troy sweeps a doubleheader from the Bisons

On his birthday, Mickey Welch throws two complete game victories when Troy sweeps a doubleheader from the Bisons at Buffalo’s Riverside Grounds, 8-3 and 12-0. The 22 year-old future Hall of Famer, who finishes the season with a 21-18 record, will complete 525 games of the 549 he starts for the Haymakers (NA) and Giants (NL) during his 13-year tenure in the major leagues.

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Syracuse Stars Starting Pitcher Harry McCormick hits a first-inning homer to beat Tommy Bond and the Boston Red Stockings, 1-0

At Star Park, Harry McCormick, the Syracuse starter, hits a first-inning homer to beat Tommy Bond and the Boston Red Stockings, 1-0. This most likely will be the only occurrence in major league history that a pitcher will record a 1-0 victory, with his own first inning round-tripper being the game’s lone run.

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