This Day In Baseball May 2
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Events for May 2
At Cincinnati’s Avenue Grounds, Chicago’s Ross Barnes hits the first home run in the history of National League. In addition to his inside-the-park homer, the former National Association superstar also hits a single and a triple, steals two bases, and scores four runs in the White Stocking’s 19-5 victory over the Reds.
Ross Barnes of the Chicago White Stockings hits the first home run in National League history off the Cincinnati Reds’ Cherokee Fisher. According to the Chicago Tribune, “Barnes, coming to bat with two men out, made the finest hit of the game straight down the left field to the carriages, for a clean home run.”
Pirates’ infielder Honus Wagner steals his way around the bases in the nightcap of a twin bill against Chicago at Pittsburgh’s Exposition Park. The Flying Dutchman’s trio of thefts, three additional stolen bases, two walks, a batter hit by a pitch, two errors, and two hits all add up to a five-run first frame in the Bucs’ eventual 6-0 victory and a sweep the twin bill.
Honus Wagner steals his way around the bases in the 1st inning of a game against the Cubs. It is the fourth time he steals second base, third and home in the same inning, a National League record. The record holder in the American League is Ty Cobb, who will pull the trick four times between 1909 and 1924. No player in major league history has ever accomplished this feat in each league, and only two more have accomplished the feat twice during their careers: Max Carey (NL) and Jackie Tavener (AL).
5/2/1910 – The Cards were in Cincinnati for the make up of a postponed game. Due to an oversight, the NL did not assign umpires for the game, so a respected local one, Jim Maginnis, was recruited. There were some close calls in the first that upset St. Louis manager Reger Bresnahan, and he then made a farce out of the game with quite a few changes of fielding positions including moving pitchers into the field and having position players pitch. In the seventh Eddie Higgins who was in the number two spot was hit by a pitch and Bresnahan came of the bench to run for him and then stayed in the game at catcher replacing Billy Kelly who was in the number six spot. In the eighth Bresnahan batted in Kelly’s spot, but the proper batter was Jap Barbeau who went in to replace Higgens in left. Bresnahan was safe on an error, but the Reds did not notice the batting out of turn, so the play stood. The Reds won 9-4 after scoring five in the first, so it did not hurt them.
The first game of the National Negro Baseball League is played in Indianapolis when the hometown ABC’s beat the Chicago Giants at Washington Park, 4-2. Schorling’s Park, the home field of the Giants, will be unavailable for another month due to the occupation of the National Guard, stationed there as a result of the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, prompting the delay of the inaugural season in the Windy City, a huge disappointment for the newly-formed league.
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