June 12, 1880: Baseball perfection by Lee Richmond

“The most wonderful game on record.”[fn]Sunday Herald (unidentified…

June 17, 1880: Perfection revisited by John Ward

Two perfect games within a week defies all odds.[fn]According…

August 19, 1880: Larry Corcoran throws first career no-hitter

“The Reds were woefully weak with the willow, not being able…

September 2, 1880: Night baseball at Nantasket Beach

Today many major league baseball games are played under artificial…

September 29, 1880: Metropolitan club opens new Polo Grounds with a win

The first professional baseball game played in Manhattan took…

June 25, 1881: George Gore’s theft spree

The Chicago White Stockings were the most powerful team in the…

June 26, 1881: Mullane vs. Reccius for 18 innings

For sheer head-to-head doggedness, few pitching matchups in baseball…

September 10, 1881: Roger Connor’s 'ultimate' grand slam

Nearly half a century before baseball borrowed the expression…

May 2, 1882: The Beer and Whiskey League: Day One

The inaugural American Association season opened on May 2, 1882,…

May 10, 1882: Pittsburgh hosts its first major-league game

The charter Allegheny club of the fledgling American Association…

July 18, 1882: Tony Mullane goes both ways

You have to wonder what kind of mind-altering substance could…

August 17, 1882: Radbourn The Slugger

Harry Wright had seen dozens of electrifying games over the years,…

September 13, 1882: The innovative mind of King Kelly

In his year-end assessment of baseball in 1882, Henry Chadwick…

October 6, 1882: The first meeting of champions

It’s hard to imagine big-league baseball without a series at…

May 1, 1883: Mickey Welch wins first game in New York Giants franchise history

Two major-league teams based in New York City debuted in 1883.…

August 10, 1883: Cap Anson vs. Fleet Walker

The beginning of the end of African American participation in…

September 10-13, 1883: Grasshopper Jim Whitney snatches the pennant

In September 1883 a key late-season series in Boston pitted perennial…

September 13, 1883: One hand, no hits for Hugh Daily

Cleveland fans had good reason for optimism heading into the…

September 21-23, 1883: St. Louis Browns dynasty nipped at the wire

The 1883 American Association season had the closest major-league…