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    Mar 29, 1899 - The Robison brothers‚ owners of the Cleveland franchise‚ gain control of the St. Louis franchise as well‚ and redistribute players. St. Louis‚ which finished 12th in 1898‚ is enhanced with Cy YoungJesse BurkettBobby Wallace‚ and manager-1B Patsy Tebeau. Cleveland is greatly weakened by the transfers. The new St. Louis owners change the name of Sportsman's Park to League Park. They also change the color of the team socks from brown to red. The team nickname becomes the Perfectos. The players going to Cleveland are Kid CarseyJack ClementsLave CrossTommy Dowd‚ Dick Harley‚ Bill Hill‚ Harry Lochhead‚ Harry Maupin‚ Joe QuinnJack StivettsWillie SudhoffJoe SugdenSleeper Sullivan and Tommy Tucker.

    Jun 3, 1898 - Jack Clements of St. Louis becomes the first player to catch 1‚000 games. He drives in the winning run in a 5-4 victory over Baltimore. Ironically‚ he is a lefty thrower and his record will soon be surpassed by Wilbert Robinson and Deacon McGuire.

    Nov 13, 1897 - At the NL meetings‚ the St. Louis Browns make a blockbuster trade by sending SS Monte Cross‚ C Klondike Douglass and P Red Donahue to the Phillies. St. Louis receives lefty C Jack Clements‚ P Jack "Brewery Jack" Taylor‚ and outfielder Tommy Dowd. President Chris von der Ahe later reveals he gets $5‚500 as well from the Phils.

    Jul 1, 1895 - In Philadephia, first place Boston loses a hard fought game, 5–3, in 13 innings. Kid Carsey bests Kid Nichols as both starters go the distance. Jack Clements and Sam Thompson each have 4 hits for the Phillies, with three of Big Sam’s going for doubles. He now has six doubles in two games (June 29), tying a ML record. Thompson will have 4 hits tomorrow as well, all singles.

    Sep 28, 1892 - In Philadelphia's 11-1 victory over Washington‚ lefty Jack Clements gets a triple on a ball that lands on top of the RF wall and must be retrieved by Senator OF Larry Twitchell. Despite the three bagger‚ Clements is the only 19th century player (minimum 1000 games) with more homeruns than triples.

    May 22, 1890 - Without warning Phils manager Harry Wright is struck blind. On May 31‚ he will be able to at least distinguish between light and dark. He'll return to the field July 18‚ sitting in his carriage in the centerfield parking area with "smoked glasses" and waving a white handkerchief out the side window every time a Phillie player made a great play. On August 6‚ after missing 55 games‚ he will return as manager. In the interim catcher Jack Clements ran the team while rookie shortstop Bob Allen counted the money and set up team travel. Allen is listed as the manager in today's encyclopedias. Interestingly‚ Allen's own career suddenly (effectively) ends in 1897 when a fastball shatters his cheekbone and gave him permanent vision problems. (as noted by Frank Vaccaro).

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