On June 7, 1892, the Spiders’ Jack Doyle became the first player to collect a pinch hit with a single, coming off the bench to bat for Cleveland hurler George Davies. The Spiders lost 2-1 that day to the Grooms at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. Doyle, a utility player, would finish his 17-year career going 3-for-5 (.600) as a pinch-hitter.
On July 12, 1890, a player known only as Mr. Lewis appeared in his only Major League game. In his Players’ League debut, Lewis gave up 13 hits, seven walks, and allowed 20 earned runs over three innings. The Buffalo Bisons lost the game 28-16 to the Brooklyn Ward’s Wonders at Eastern Park.