This day in baseball: Double slam trouble

On August 16, 1890, Pittsburgh Alleghenys pitcher Bill Phillips became the first pitcher in baseball history to give up two grand slams in a single inning.  Tom Burns and Malachi Kittridge of the Chicago Colts both hit bases loaded jacks as Chicago won the game, 18-5.

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This day in baseball

On May 23, 1890, the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Alleghenys steal a combined seventeen bases in a single game, setting a National League record that still stands today.  New York won the contest, 17-10.

The overall Major League single game record for combined stolen bases was set on April 22, 1890 by Philadelphia and Syracuse in the American Association.


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This day in baseball: Galvin’s 300th win

James Francis “Pud” Galvin of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys became the first pitcher to reach 300 victories on October 5, 1888 when Pittsburgh defeated the Washington Senators, 5-1.  Pitching in an era when two-man pitching rotations were the norm, Galvin accumulated 6,003 innings pitched and 646 complete games over his career, numbers second only to those of Cy Young.  He reached the 300-victory landmark at the age of 31, and would finish his career with a 365-310 record.


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This day in baseball: The first triple header

The Brooklyn Bridegrooms (Dodgers) and the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (Pirates) faced off on September 1, 1890 for the first-ever triple header in major league baseball.  Playing at home at Washington Park, Brooklyn swept Pittsburgh: 10-9, 3-2, and 8-4.

Washington Park in the 1880s (75th Anniversary Official National League History)

Washington Park in the 1880s (75th Anniversary Official National League History)