Jesse Duryea of Washington limited Chicago to just four hits as the Senators beat the Colts 2-0 before a crowd of about 650 at Chicago's South Side Park in a matchup of two of the NL's tailenders.
Washington was managed by Arthur Irwin, who had taken over for Billy Barnie early in the season. Chicago was managed, as it had been since 1879, by first baseman Cap Anson. Anson was 40 years old and he would stay on the job in Chicago through the 1897 season at age 45. Anson started Ad Gumbert as his pitcher.
The game was scoreless until the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, Washington left fielder Charlie Duffee (Chicago chose to bat first in the game) got a two-out single. Duffee stole second and then decided to give third a try also. Chicago catcher Pop Schriver's throw skipped past third baseman Bill Dahlen and Duffee came home with the first run.
In the bottom of the eighth, Washington got back to back one-out singles from right fielder Paul Radford and second baseman Tommy Dowd. Center fielder Dummy Hoy flied out, but first baseman Henry Larkin singled past Dahlen at third to score Radford to make it 2-0 Washington.
Chicago got two runners on base in the ninth as Duryea hit Dahlen with a pitch and Anson drew a walk with a force out by center fielder Jimmy Ryan in between. Right fielder Pat Luby hit a hard grounder to shortstop Danny Richardson who managed to snare it and feed it to Dowd for the force play to end the game.
The National League had expanded to 12 teams in 1892 as the American Association had gone out of business and four teams, including Washington, had joined the National League. In an attempt to keep fan interest going in a long season, the National League decided to go with a split season. Also the National League allowed Sunday baseball, although it still wasn't legal in every city.
Boston won the first half with a 52-22 record and Cleveland won the second half with a 53-23 record. Boston would go on to beat Cleveland 5-0-1 in a postseason series. Chicago finished ninth in the first half and seventh in the second half and seventh overall. Washington finished eighth in the first half and in twelfth in the second half and tenth overall. Chicago was 70-76 and Washington went 58-93.
Chicago drew just a little over 100,000 all season, 11th best (or second worst) in the league. Washington drew a few more to home its park and was 10th in attendance.
Neither team had much in the way of offense. Chicago batted just .235 all season and Washington hit .239. Chicago pitcher Bill Hutchison led the league with 75 appearances and 622 innings pitched and tied Cy Young of Cleveland for the league lead in wins with 36. Hutchison also lost 36 games. Once the pitching distance was moved back to 60'6" the following season, Hutchison's effectiveness would decline, although Hutchison was not a young guy and didn't start in the majors for good until he was 29 and he pitched until he was 37.
Dahlen, who was playing third base this day, would go on to greater fame at shortstop and would go on to star in New York and Brooklyn. Dahlen would also manage Brooklyn from 1910-13.
Sources: Retrosheet, Baseball-reference.com, Washington Post