ON THIS DAY IN EARLY DODGERS HISTORY: JUNE 18 TO JULY 5
June 18, 1889: After a disappointing loss to St. Louis on a last-inning error, Brooklyn Eagle sportswriter Henry Chadwick turns to poetry to describe the defeat:
Only a fly ball hit the air, directly to the hands of the left field player
Eagerly watched by thousands of eyes, for on that catch depended the prize
Hands were ready to give applause, for Darby had offtimes given them cause
But for once – as luck would have it –he failed.
June 19, 1889: The Brooklyn Bridegrooms bounce back from a disappointing loss to first place St. Louis as Brooklyn’s Bob Caruthers blanks visiting Baltimore 9 to 0
June 20, 1889: Brooklyn Bridegrooms president Charles Byrne creates baseball’s first non-smoking section at Washington Park starting with a Ladies Day game in which Brooklyn defeats Baltimore 14 to 3. According to the Brooklyn Eagle, “selfish smokers” must sit elsewhere in the grand stand, “where they may smoke themselves into dried hams if they choose without annoying the ladies.”
June 21, 1888: Brooklyn Bridegrooms team secretary Charley Ebbets hosts a picnic for his friends at Washington Park along with an informal baseball match between the “Bo Peeps” and the “Putty Blowers.” The Putty Blowers win by a score of either 11 to 4, 6 to 5 or 10 to 8 in a “most amusing burlesque of the national game.”
June 22, 1889- The Fifth Avenue branch of the Union Elevated Road from the Brooklyn Bridge to Washington Park opens to the public. The time from the bridge to the baseball park, including all stops, is 12 minutes.
June 23, 1888: The Brooklyn Bridegrooms narrowly retain first place in the major league American Association with a 4 to 3 win over Philadelphia in 10 innings as pitcher Mickey Hughes improves his record to 9 wins and only 1 loss.
June 24, 1886: Brooklyn rolls up the most runs in any American Association game so far this season as it pummels Baltimore 25 to 1. Brooklyn bangs out 29 hits, including 5 by catcher Bob Clark.
June 25, 1885: Brooklyn slugs 29 hits, 6 of them singles by infielder George Pinkney, to beat the Philadelphia Athletics 21 to 14. The game is marred by 15 Brooklyn errors and 12 by Philadelphia. Pinkney’s 6 singles still stands as a record for most singles in one game.
June 26,1889: The Brooklyn Bridegrooms defeat Columbus 10 to 3 behind pitcher Adonis Terry, who also hits an inside-the-park homer on a ball slugged into the horse-drawn carriages parked behind the outfield.
June 27, 1890: Shortstop Germany Smith’s 2-run homer leads the Brooklyn Bridegrooms to a 7 to 2 win in the National League over Cap Anson’s Chicago team.
June 28,1888: The Brooklyn Bridegrooms stay within 3 percentage points of first place St. Louis with a 9 to 7 win over Louisville led by a key 2-run double by Bob Caruthers, playing center field on day he wasn’t pitching.
June 29, 1889: The third place Brooklyn Bridegrooms begun a crucial road trip by scoring 3 runs in the first inning and hanging on to defeat the second-place Philadelphia Athletics by a score of 3 to 2. Bob Caruthers pitches the win.
June 30, 1889: Adonis Terry pitches Brooklyn into second place in the major league American Association in an 8 to 3 win over the Philadelphia Athletics in Philadelphia.
July 1, 1883: The new Brooklyn baseball team in the minor league Interstate Association loses to Pottsville 2 to 1 before one of the team’s first Ladies Day crowd as Brooklyn club president Charles Byrne becomes a leader in regularly attracting women to the national game by admitting ladies free on designated days.
July 2, 1890: Brooklyn falls back to third place in the National League by losing to first place Cincinnati 6 to 1.
July 3, 1888—“Black Jack” Burdock makes his debut at second base as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms sweep a doubleheader at Cincincinnati. The 36-year-old Burdock is known as a good-field, no-hit second sacker with a big drinking problem.
July 4, 1889: The Brooklyn Bridegrooms split a double header with first place St. Louis, losing the first game 4 to 3 and winning the nightcap 12 to 10 thanks to 9 St. Louis errors, including 3 by third baseman Arlie Latham.
July 5, 1888: Brooklyn’s “Big Three” – Bob Caruthers, Dave Foutz and Doc Bushong who were all acquired from the St. Louis Browns—are greeted with a parade in the Mound City before Brooklyn tops the Browns 6 to 3 behind the pitching of Caruthers.