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    Dec 1, 1898 - Club president Andrew Freedman renews the Giants' lease on the Polo Grounds for the next 10 years. In 2 days‚ Freedman‚ fires manager Bill Joyce.

    Jul 11, 1898 - Cap Anson‚ who failed to get the support of Giants' president Andrew Freedman‚ resigns as manager. First baseman Bill Joyce will again take over the chores.

    Jul 8, 1898 - Bill Joyce returns as Giants manager and New York celebrates with a 10-1 win over Brooklyn. Joyce replaces Cap Anson‚ who was 9-13 in his 22 games as manager. The Giants purchase the aggressive and versatile Jack Doyle from Washington. Having recovered from a bout of malaria‚ he will be used in the outfield‚ at short‚ and at first base.

    Jul 7, 1898 - Criticized for being unable "to handle men in the up-to-day style‚" Cap Anson resigns as Giants manager with a 9-13 record. Bill Joyce is reappointed on the same day.

    Jun 10, 1898 - A hard week for managers: Tom Brown is replaced at Washington by "Dirty Jack" Doyle‚ Billy Barnie is fired by 9th-place Brooklyn. Barnie's successor‚ CF Mike Griffin‚ resigns after 4 games; President Charlie Ebbets fills in. "Scrappy" Bill Joyce is dropped by the New York Giants in favor of Cap Anson‚ who takes over tomorrow.

    May 14, 1898 - Manager Bill Joyce hits two home runs off Gus Weyhing and leads the Giants to a 6-2 win over Washington.

    Aug 30, 1897 - In New York‚ the Colts are leading 7-5 after 8 innings when Colts manager Cap Anson‚ leading off the 9th‚ argues that it is too dark to continue. Umpire Bob Emslie tells Anson to hit and‚ after a strike is called‚ Anson protests so loudly that he is tossed‚ joining the Chicago subs in the club house. He refuses to allow a pinch hitter and Emslie rules an out against Chicago. Chicago then scores 3 runs for a woolworth lead‚ 10-5‚ and in the bottom of the 9th‚ takes the field without a left fielder (LF George Decker moves to Anson's spot at 1B). Finally a figure [pitcher Dan Friend]‚ dressed in a bathrobe and cap‚ emerges from the club house and takes his place in left. After two outs‚ Giants manager Scrappy Bill Joyce protests that Friend has no uniform on under the robe. At that point‚ Emslie throws up his hands and calls the game on account of darkness. Chicago wins‚ 7-5.

    Aug 3, 1897 - Boston players present a horseshoe of roses to Giants manager Bill Joyce before the game‚ then beat the Giants‚ 3-2.

    Jul 3, 1897 - Boston players present a horseshoe of roses to Giants manager Bill Joyce before the game‚ then defeat him and the Giants 3-2.

    Aug 9, 1896 - New York announces that Manager Arthur Irwin is going on "vacation" for the rest of the season so that the newly acquired Bill Joyce can take over the managerial reins.

    May 29, 1896 - Washington P Charlie "Silver" King makes his first ML appearance since 1893 a success‚ as he wins a 6-hitter over Pittsburgh‚ 11-6. Bill Joyce helps by hitting for the cycle.

    Jul 23, 1895 - First-place Cleveland takes a pair from visiting Washington, winning 9-8 in 11 innings and 6-3 in a 5 1/2 inning game shortened by darkness. When Cleveland scores 5 in the first inning of game two, Washington resorts to stalling tactics by throwing the ball high and playing one inning with the outfielders sitting in the infield. Cleveland answers by striking out and refusing to run out hit balls. Bill Joyce has a pair of homeruns off Cy Young in the losing effort.

    Aug 20, 1894 - Washington's Bill Joyce smacks 3 HRs in an 8-7 win over Louisville. Joyce ?nishes the season with 17 HRs to place 2nd in the NL.

    Jul 2, 1891 - The Boston Reds (AA) down Washington‚ 9-4‚ to maintain their half game lead over the St. Louis Browns‚ also winners today. Bill Joyce helps the win by reaching base in his 64th consecutive game starting on April 8‚ but is injured and will not appear again until the last game of the year when he goes 0-for-2. (as noted by Trent McCotter). Joyce plays only 65 games this year. Joyce will also have CGOB streaks of 54 in 1894 and 56 in 1896; only Ted Williams will have 3 streaks over 50 games.

    Jun 25, 1891 - Tom Brown and Bill Joyce of the Boston Reds (AA) become the first pair in ML history to open a game with back-to-back HRs‚ starting Boston off to a 13-5 defeat of Sadie McMahon and the Baltimore Orioles. Brown continues his hit streak‚ which will reach 21 games before being stopped on June 30.

    Aug 16, 1890 - Visiting Philadelphia (Players L) loses to Brooklyn‚ 4-1‚ when rookie Bill Joyce hits a 2-on 2-out 9th inning drive to CF for a three-run homer. Umpire Gaffley decides all 3 runs can score even though only one is needed to win. The ump will be overruled and the homer will be disallowed. The score will revert to 2-1.

    Jun 25, 1888 - James "Jumbo" Davis of Kansas City makes 5 errors at 3B as the Cowboys fall to the Browns 10-3. He will finish the season with 91 miscues‚ the 2nd highest total in history behind the 107 that Bill Joyce will commit in 1890.

    Jun 25, 1885 - Ten Brooklynites make at least 2 hits each tying a ML record‚ as Brooklyn (AA) defeats Philadelphia 21-14. One scribe reports‚ "an unusually hard and elastic ball was used." The 35 total runs and 29 hits by Brooklyn are both season highs. Dodger 3B George Pinckney goes 6-for-6 against pitchers Robert Mathews and John Coleman‚ the 3rd AA batter this month to collect 6 hits in a game. Philadelphia SS George Strief hits a ML-record 4 triples in the game; he also becomes the first player to get 5 extra base hits in a game when he adds a double. Bill Joyce will hit 4 triples in 1897‚ the last to do it.

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