This day in baseball: Ambidextrous Icebox

On May 9, 1888, while pitching against the Kansas City Cowboys, Elton “Icebox” Chamberlain of the Louisville Colonels pitched right-handed for the first seven innings of the game and left-handed for the last two innings.  Louisville won the game by a score of 18–6, and the performance made Chamberlain the third major league pitcher to throw with both his left and right hands during the same game.  The feat would not be repeated in the major leagues until Greg Harris switched arms for the ninth inning of a game in 1995.

The newspaper story covering the game was printed the next day in The Courier-Journal:

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The Courier-Journal , May 10, 1888  (Page 6)


This day in baseball: Kansas City Cowboys join the AA

The Kansas City Cowboys were admitted to the American Association on January 17, 1888, after the New York Metropolitans folded.  The Brooklyn Dodgers purchased what remained of the Mets, hoping to obtain the services of the now-unemployed New York players.  The Cowboys, meanwhile, would have a rough inaugural season, finishing with a 43-89 record, putting them in last place in the AA.

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1888 Kansas City Cowboys (Wikipedia)


This day in baseball: Jumbo butter fingers

Jumbo Davis of the Kansas City Cowboys committed five errors in a game against St. Louis on June 25, 1888.  Over the course of the sesason, Davis committed 100 errors in 628 chances at shortstop and third base, giving him a .841 fielding percentage for the year (his lifetime fielding percentage would be .825).  Kansas City lost the game to St. Louis, 10-3.

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Wikipedia