ON THIS DAY IN EARLY DODGERS HISTORY: APRIL 21
April 21, 1890: The Brooklyn Bridegrooms get the franchise’s first win in the National League, defeating the Boston Beaneaters 7 to 6 behind pitcher Mickey Hughes.
Here is the original newspaper report of the franchise’s very first National League win.
From the Brooklyn Eagle, April 22, 1890
BOSTON, Mass. April 21-
The Brooklyn team played their second championship game with the Bostons to-day at the South End Grounds in the presence of about fifteen hundred people only, though the weather was comparatively mild and pleasant to that of yesterday, and they had the home team virtually defeated after the fourth inning, the score at that time standing at 6 to 1 only, with the visitors in the van. In fact, the home batsmen could do little or nothing with Hughes’ pitching in the first eight innings of the game, a home run hit over the left field fence in the second inning earnlng the only run they scored up the ninth inning , only five hits being scored off Hughes’ pitching up to the last inning.
The game opened in favor of Brooklyn by 2 to 0, the visitors earning both their runs by the triple hit of O’Brien and doubles by Burns and Foutz. In the fourth inning the Brooklyns again punished Getzein’s pitching to the tune of four earned runs off five clean hits. Then both sides stopped run getting, fungo hitting marking the batting of both sides. At the close of the eighth inning the score stood at 6 to 1 and an easy victory was almost certain for Brooklyn; but in the ninth inning O’Brien lost his temper and Hughes and Collins their heads., Hughes pitching wild and without judgment in this inning, and the result was that the home team — who just gloried in the way they had got the visitors rattled – scored no less than five runs off three hits and four battery errors, and the kicking O’Brien, Collins and Hughes indulged in led to each of them being fined by the umpire. After the game was over, however, he remitted the fines. He showed his incompetency by arguing the the players on disputed points, when all he had to do get a watch, note the time for one minute and declare the game forfeited if the kicking was longer indulged in. The home team also kicked but not to the extent the visitors did. The umpire was a substitute officially ordered to act by President Young in the place of McDermott, who was taken sick. The result of the kicking was that the Bostons were enabled to tie the score at the end of the first part of the ninth inning. Then Brooklyn went in and scored the winning run on Burns’ two-bagger following Collins’ single.
The crowd indulged in yelling when local men were on the bases in order to aid Long and Tucker in their bullylike coaching. It was anything but a pleasant game or a goodly display of batting, as the hits were mostly flies to the outfield.
Clark caught finely and Collins and Pinkney did good work in the infield. Eight easy chances for catches were given the outfielders by the visitors, scarcely a gound bll hit being made.
The full score is appended:
BOSTON (N.L.) BROOKLYN (N.L)
R 1B PO A E R 1B PO A E
Long, s.s. 1 0 1 2 0 O’Brien, l.f. 3 2 1 0 0
Donovan, c.f. 0 0 1 0 1 Collins, 2b 1 2 5 1 0
Sullivan l.f. 0 0 5 0 0 Burns, r.f. 1 2 0 0 0
Tucker, 1b 0 1 7 0 0 Foutz, 1b 0 2 8 0 0
Ganzel, r.f. 0 1 0 0 0 Pinkney, 3.b. 0 1 2 2 0
Lowe, 3b 1 2 4 0 1 Corkhill, c.f. 0 1 2 0 0
Smith, 2b 1 1 0 2 0 Smith, s.s. 1 1 2 3 0
Bennett c 1 0 2 0 0 Clark, c. 1 1 6 1 0
Getzein, p 1 1 2 3 0 Hughes 0 0 0 3 0
Brodie, r.f. 1 2 2 0 0
Total 6 8 24 7 2 Total 7 12 27 10 0