On this day in 1883, the Philadelphia Quakers won their first game in franchise history when the defeated the Chicago White Stockings at Lake Front Park in Chicago by a score of 12-1. The Quakers would go on to become the Philadelphia Phillies in 1884 while the White Stockings would become the Chicago Cubs in 1903.
The Quakers first season was abysmal. They lost their first eight games of the season before winning this game, and they would only win another 16 games through the rest of the year. They lost a total of 81 games, giving the team a .173 winning percentage - dead last in the National League.