This day in baseball: Stealing frenzy

On May 23, 1890, the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Alleghenys stole 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: Providing his own run support

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On 26 July 1879, Syracuse Stars starting pitcher Harry McCormick pitched a 1-0 shutout against the Boston Red Stockings.  The source of the Stars’ lone run?  In the bottom of the first inning, McCormick hit a home run off Boston starter Tommy Bond.  It is the first known occurrence in Major League baseball history in which the pitcher’s own homer was the only run of the game.