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Chief Zimmer from the Chronology
Sep 20, 1925 - In Cleveland the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland old-timers play a 6-6 8-inning tie. The lineups include Three Finger Brown Jimmy Archer Artie Hofman Mort Scanlan and Dutch Meier for Chicago; For Cleveland Larry Lajoie Dode Paskert Chief Zimmer Cy Berger Cy Young and Joe Delahanty. The game benefits the Amateur and Old-timer's Baseball Association of Cleveland: "This association employs a doctor to look after the injuries of any boy hurt in baseball in that district." Before boarding the train for Cleveland Brown throws batting practice for the Cubs at Chicago.
Sep 9, 1909 - The Pirates beat the Reds 3-1. Charles "Moon" Gibson of Pittsburgh catches his 112th consecutive game breaking Chief Zimmer's 1890 record. His streak will end at 140.
Mar 30, 1907 - The Sporting Life reprints an article from the Chicago Tribune on hand signals: "The Tribune's' agitation for a system of umpire's gestures to indicate decisions seems to be as far-reaching as popular. Chief Zimmer has been using signs for balls and strikes and delighting New Orleans patrons. Today Collins who officiated here adopted the same system and used it successfully with the result the crowd forgave him for not calling everything the local twirler pitched a 'strike.' To date Hank O'Day appears to be the only opponent of the idea."
Jun 11, 1903 - Following a win by Ed Doheny Pittsburgh gets back on the shut out track when Deacon Phillippe throws his 3rd straight whitewash defeating Brooklyn 9-0. His batterymate Ed Phelps is 3-for-3 with a stolen base: as noted by Joe Elinich Phils' manager Chief Zimmer calls Phelps "the best catcher in the game" and "a coming star."
May 21, 1901 - Giants fractious owner Andrew Freedman accuses umpire Billy Nash of incompetence and bars him from the Polo Grounds. Pirate Chief Zimmer and the Giants John Warner are forced to officiate. Mathewson then wins his 7th straight 2-1 but his scoreless streak stops at 39 innings when the Bucs score an unearned run in the 9th.
Jun 9, 1900 - A forerunner of today's players' union is organized in New York. Three delegates from each NL team launch the Player's Protective Association (PPA) and elect Chief Zimmer president. Harry Taylor of Buffalo is the attorney. Their goal is to negotiate contracts and rules changes.
Jun 10, 1891 - Cleveland Spiders C Chief Zimmer makes 6 errors and the opposing Brooklyns steal 10 bases. The Bridegrooms win by only 9-8.
Jul 5, 1889 - The Cleveland Spiders surge to within a game of the NL lead with a dramatic 2-0 win over front-running Boston. Pitchers Ed Beatin and John Clarkson lock in a scoreless duel until the 9th when King Kelly misjudges a long line drive by Chief Zimmer and follows with a wild throw allowing Zimmer and another runner to score.