Sports History On This Day: August 23

August 23, 1883 – I am not sure if you would call it a comedy of errors, because I am sure that those that witnessed the game played this day between the Philadelphia Quakers and the Providence Grays were laughing. Well, maybe those on the side of the Grays were as Philadelphia committed 27 errors in the contest. 27 errors??

Yes, that number is correct… sort of. Prior to 1888 mistakes such as passed balls, wild pitches, and even walks were counted as errors in the field. Nonetheless, it was pretty excessive and the Providence Grays shook up the Quakers in a 28-0 shutout at the Messer Street Grounds.

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April 1904, McCormack Brothers clothiers of Tacoma, WA was giving away baseball paraphernalia -- including this baseball glove -- with every purchase of a boy's suit.
The photo is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons of April 1904, McCormack Brothers clothiers of Tacoma, WA was giving away baseball paraphernalia -- including this baseball glove -- with every purchase of a boy's suit. Special thanks to the resources of Newspapers.com and OnThisDay.com for the information obtained.

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