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John McGraw from the Chronology
Apr 25, 1945 - Baseball writers cannot seem to get any Hall of Fame candidates past the 75 percent requirement but a committee selected to bring in some old-timers succeeds with a group of turn-of-the-century names: Jimmy Collins Roger Bresnahan Fred Clarke Dan Brouthers Ed Delahanty Hugh Jennings Mike "King" Kelly Jim O'Rourke Wilbert Robinson and Hugh Duffy. Collins overlooked in 6 HOF elections was on the all-time teams of Connie Mack and John McGraw.
Apr 17, 1934 - In a pre-game ceremony at the Polo Grounds a bugler sounded taps for John McGraw who died in February. The Giants behind Carl Hubbell then defeat the Phillies 6-1 to start a five-game win streak.
Feb 25, 1934 - John McGraw in ill health since his retirement as Giants manager early in the 1932 season dies of uremia at his home in New Rochelle NY at age 60. His last public appearance had been the 1933 All-Star Game as the NL manager. McGraw managed for 33 years.
Jul 6, 1933 - The first ML All-Star Game is played at Comiskey Park and appropriately Babe Ruth is the star though he finished 6th in the voting. Al Simmons and Chuck Klein were the top two vote-getters. Ruth strikes out against Lon Warneke but his 2-run HR is the margin of victory in the AL's 4-2 win. Lefty Gomez the starter and winner also knocks in the game's first run. John McGraw comes out of retirement to manage the NL. The match draws 49200 fans who pay $52000.
Dec 12, 1932 - In a 3-team deal‚ the Giants send Freddie Lindstrom to the Pirates and OF Chick Fullis to the Phils‚ getting P Glenn Spencer and OF George Davis in return. The Bucs ship OF Gus Dugas to Philley. Lindstrom's departure was expected after he made known his disappointment in not being named John McGraw's successor.
Jun 3, 1932 - John McGraw who came to New York in 1902 resigns as manager of the Giants and is replaced by Bill Terry the team's star 1B. The headline announcement comes at the Polo Grounds where the game with the Phillies is rained out. McGraw was reportedly the highest paid manager at $50000 a year the same as earned by Connie Mack who owns about half of the A's. Joe McCarthy of the Yankees now ranks 2nd at $40000.
Sep 27, 1931 - In a scheduled doubleheader at Ebbets Field the Dodgers beat the Giants 12-3 in the opener. The nitecap called on account of darkness after three innings with no score will turn out to be the final contest between managers Wilbert Robinson and John McGraw one-time friends and business partners but now bitter enemies. McGraw has the edge 197-190 with 5 ties.
Jul 18, 1931 - John McGraw is ejected from a game in St. Louis after he rages over an out call by Bob Clarke on the Giants Chick Fullis. Behind Bill Walker the Giants win 4-0. A telegram McGraw receives before the next game causes another tantrum as NL president Heydler fines him $150 and suspends him for 3 days his first suspension since 1921. Dave Bancroft will fill in.
Jul 26, 1930 - At the Polo Grounds Bill Terry collects a double and two homers to lead the Giants to a 10-4 come-from-behind win over the Pirates. Memphis Bill's 2nd homer is inside-the-park against Erv Brame the loser to Fred Fitzsimmons. Giants manager John McGraw who skips the game to look over the Montreal Royals in Canada opines " This lively ball is hurting baseball. I think the club owners ought to get together on it. I suppose six out of eight teams in each league would like to see it go. It has taken the confidence out of pitchers. The ball is so lively that fielders cannot handle it and throw it to the plate. Bunting is gone-the ball is too lively. And baserunning has disappeared. The public liked that. Those plays were always close." Flubber??
Jun 8, 1930 - The increased hitting in the NL is reflected in these current batting averages: Riggs Stephenson .420; Babe Herman .414; Chuck Klein .401; Harry Heilmann .400; and Bill Terry .399. Giants' manager John McGraw observes "It's not the pitching it's that new jack-rabbit ball. All a batter has to do is meet it. If it's not hit right at somebody it's a base hit."
Aug 2, 1929 - After being shutout four straight times by Giants hurler Fred Fitzsimmons the Reds score off him in the first inning add two unearned runs in the 3rd to win 3-2. Freddie allows just four hits in losing to Pete Donohue. Before the game John McGraw issues a vehement denial that he has hurt morale by browbeating his players and issuing fines for errors. He says he has only fined Hubbell $25 for failing to touch second base in a game and Frank Hogan $50 for failing to show up at the team hotel in Boston one night. "These plus a fine of $100 assessed against Jack Cummings for being absent without leave for ten days-during which I had no idea where he was and could not even notify him of his transfer to the Braves-constitutes the total fines I have ordered." He also states that he hasn't even been in the clubhouse since July 18th.
May 14, 1928 - In Chicago Charlie Root beats the Giants 8-2. Fred Fitzsimmons takes the loss. Outside the park after the game John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab and suffers a broken leg that will keep him out of the dugout 6 weeks. Roger Bresnahan takes over.
May 2, 1928 - John McGraw pays the supreme compliment to Dodger rookie Del Bissonette (20-for-60 with 11 extra base hits) by ordering him walked in the 9th inning with the bases loaded and 2 out. (as noted by Bill Deane). Giants pitcher Larry Benton had allowed 2 hits before the 9th inning and is nursing a 2-0 lead. Bissonette walks forcing home a run and Harry Riconda then strikes out.
Oct 22, 1927 - Future Hall of Famer Ross Youngs one of John McGraw's favorite players dies of Bright's disease at age 30 cutting short a 10-year career in which he batted .322. Youngs had been accompanied by a specialist as early as 1924 and after the illness had been identified the Giants hired a nurse to travel with Youngs. He was bedridden in 1927 after appearing in just 95 games in 1926.
Sep 25, 1927 - John McGraw returns to the Giants' dugout but the Giants manage no better than a 7-inning tie against the Dodgers.
Jul 19, 1927 - It's John McGraw Day at the Polo Grounds in honor of his 25 years as Giants manager. With Mayor Jimmy Walker Commissioner Landis assorted celebrities and former players on hand the Cubs spoil the day with an 8-5 win. The Giants are now in 4th place and McGraw suffering from upper respiratory ailments will increasingly hand the managerial reins to Hornsby.
Mar 17, 1927 - In a battle of Irish managers on St. Patrick's Day the Cardinals beat John McGraw's Giants 3-0 in a Grapefruit League contest. Cards manager Bob O'Farrell also clouts a home run.
Dec 20, 1926 - In probably the biggest player-for-player trade to date‚ Rogers Hornsby is traded from the Cardinals to the New York Giants for Frankie Frisch and P Jimmy Ring. Hornsby‚ after 12 years in St. Louis‚ will play for 3 teams in the next 3 years. Hornsby and owner Sam Breadon had had an increasingly stormy relationship‚ and feelings between Frankie Frisch and John McGraw were equally as bad. Thirty years later‚ Hornsby will call the trade "the biggest disappointment in my life."
Aug 20, 1926 - The Giants lose their 5th in 6 games 6-2 in St. Louis. It is the Giants 3rd loss in a row to the Cards giving St. Louis a momentary view from atop the NL. In today's game Frankie Frisch misses a sign that costs a run. After the game berated by John McGraw in front of the team Frisch buys a ticket to New York and leaves the team. Fined $500 McGraw's favorite and heir apparent is through with the Giants.
May 11, 1926 - The Giants sell sore-armed pitcher Art Nehf to the Reds. The fair-minded Nehf is upset that John McGraw has not informed Reds' manager Jack Hendricks of Nehf's arm problems and the pitcher will not speak with the Giants' manager for years.
Feb 28, 1926 - Arriving for spring training a chastened John McGraw announces that he is through with the real estate business. McGraw's involvement with Pennant Park last year cost him more than $100000. He turns his real estate interests over to a trust.
Jan 19, 1926 - The woes continue for Giants pitcher Hugh McQuillan who is diagnosed with three broken bones in his pitching hand and is projected to miss the first half of the season. McQuillan broke his hand punching a cabbie in an altercation a week ago. McQuillan was suspended once last season by John McGraw for being out of shape and then had his marital affairs aired in divorce court.
Feb 25, 1925 - John McGraw arrives in Florida and is installed as president of a real estate development near Bradenton called Pennant Park. With streets named for early Giants heroes and lots offered for $2500 to $5000 McGraw hires a fleet of salesmen and heads north. NY newspapers run a series of full-page ads featuring a picture of John McGraw with the bold caption "You've followed me in baseball now follow me in real estate." A year later the boom will go bust washed away by two hurricanes. McGraw will incur a loss of $100000 after paying off close friends players and other investors and will be hounded by creditors.
Jan 5, 1925 - During the White Sox and Giants' tour of Europe‚ the French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw‚ Charlie Comiskey‚ and Hugh Jennings for their efforts to advance the game in France.
Oct 1, 1924 - Another bribery scandal clouds the WS atmosphere. Judge Landis bans Giants OF Jimmy O'Connell and coach Cozy Dolan from the WS after they admit an attempt to bribe Phils SS Heinie Sand on the 27th to "go easy" in their season-ending series against the Giants. O'Connell implicates Frank Frisch George Kelly and Ross Youngs who deny everything and are cleared by Landis. O'Connell is out of baseball at 23. AL President Ban Johnson an enemy of the Giants John McGraw proclaims that the World Series should be canceled because of the betting scandal a pronouncement that the owners will ignore. Johnson however decides not to attend any WS games.
Dec 6, 1923 - While in Paris‚ John McGraw announces plans for a tour of Europe by the Giants and White Sox in 1924‚ as world interest in baseball grows. In Romania‚ Queen Marie will throw out the first ball to mark the game's debut in July.
Nov 12, 1923 - John McGraw sends OF Casey Stengel‚ SS Dave Bancroft‚ and OF Bill Cunningham to the Braves for P Joe Oeschger and OF Billy Southworth. Bancroft will be named player-manager‚ one of three players in the swap who will skipper the Braves.
Oct 3, 1923 - Ruth playing in an exhibition game for John McGraw at the Polo Grounds bashes the first HR ever hit over the RF roof.
Sep 16, 1923 - The Cubs lose 10-6 to the Giants in Chicago despite the hitting of Hack Miller who collects 3 doubles and a triple. A riot occurs in the 8th inning when umpire Charlie Moran makes an out call at 2B on Sparky Adams. Moran is pelted by hundreds of pop bottles. Judge Landis in attendance at the game shakes his cane at the angry mob and play is held up for 15 minutes. John McGraw and the umpires need a police escort at the conclusion.
Sep 25, 1922 - The Giants beat St. Louis 5-4 in 10 innings to clinch John McGraw's 8th pennant and the Giants' 10th in 41 years in the NL.
Aug 8, 1922 - The Giants Shufflin' Phil Douglas is suspended and fined $100 by John McGraw. (Douglas an alcoholic and McGraw did not enjoy the best of relationships after McGraw forced Douglas to undergo a terrible treatment for alcoholism.) Douglas writes a letter to St. Louis Cardinals OF Les Mann his former roommate at Chicago offering to disappear if they make it worth his while lest he help McGraw win the pennant. Mann turns the letter over to Branch Rickey who relays it to Commissioner Landis. In Pittsburgh on the August 16 Douglas admits he wrote the letter and Landis bars him from baseball for life. Sadly when Douglas sobered up he asked Mann to destroy the letter but Mann had already passed it on. Douglas was 11-4 at the time with the lowest ERA on the club (2.63).
Apr 25, 1922 - Promising rookie outfielder Ralph Shinners is beaned by Phils righty George Smith in a 9-2 Giants win. When Shinners returns in a few days he is not the same hitter. An angry John McGraw accuses Smith of a deliberate beaning and Shinners and Smith will later brawl at the Polo Grounds over the beaning. McGraw will finally send the Giants rookie down on August 3rd.
Jul 29, 1921 - John McGraw buys OF Irish Meusel who is hitting .353 but has been suspended by the Phillies for lackadaisical play. McGraw gives up 3 bench warmers and $30000. The Giants take 3 from the Reds and go into the NL lead for the first time. They will fall back by 7 games before coming on with a rush in September.
Dec 18, 1920 - On his 34th birthday‚ Ty Cobb signs to manage the Tigers for $32‚500‚ making him the highest-paid player and 2nd to John McGraw among managers. He replaces Hughie Jennings‚ who resigns after 14 years to join his old teammate McGraw as assistant manager of the Giants. In other managerial changes at the ML meetings: Lee Fohl replaces Jimmy Burke with the Browns; Clark Griffith‚ now president of the Senators‚ gives up the managing job to SS George McBride; George Stallings buys the Rochester club and leaves the Boston Braves‚ replaced by Fred Mitchell from the Cubs‚ who is replaced by Johnny Evers; former Yankees skipper Bill Donovan takes over the Phils from Gavvy Cravath.
Oct 6, 1920 - Hal Chase and Heinie Zimmerman are indicted on bribery charges as an aftermath of the investigation into the 1919 World Series. John McGraw testified that he dropped the two after the 1919 season for throwing games and trying to entice Fred Toney Rube Benton and Benny Kauff to join them. Zimmerman denies the charges Chase ignores them but the duo will be banned for life from baseball by Judge Landis.
Aug 8, 1920 - As reported by Fred Stein and Nick Peters actor John Slavin is found badly beaten in John McGraw's New York apartment. Both Slavin and McGraw deny that a fight took place but prohibition agents will obtain a grand jury injunction against the Giants manager charging him with violating the Volstead Act "by unlawfully possessing a bottle of whiskey." The two pugilists will settle out of court but the Lamb's Club where the drinking took place will expel McGraw as a member. McGraw will later be acquitted of the charge and the club will welcome him back. He will also be called to testify in Chicago hearings investigating gambling and bribery among players including Hal Chase and Heinie Zimmerman.
Jun 8, 1920 - Failing in his efforts to buy Rogers Hornsby from St. Louis John McGraw picks up the NL's top SS Dave Bancroft from the Phils for veteran SS Art Fletcher P Bill Hubbell and $100000. The future Hall of Famer will provide the spark to the Giants' successful pennant drives of 1921-24. Following the death of his father Fletcher will retire after this season to run the family business then return in 1922 for a final year. Fletch plays his first game with the Phils and has a double and single off Pete Alexander as the Phils top the Chicago ace 5-3. Gene Paulette's three-run homer in the 8th his only homer of the year is the game winner.
May 19, 1920 - In Chicago the Giants beat the Cubs 8-6 in 12 innings but lose John McGraw for 5 days. McGraw's game long hectoring of umpires Bill Klem and Charley Moran earns him a 5-day suspension. Christy Mathewson will "act as executor of the Giants' personal estate" (NY Times) in McGraw's absence.
Sep 28, 1919 - In a doubleheader match that draws 20000 the Giants beat the Phils 6-1 and 7-1 in the first game one that takes just 51 minutes a ML record fastest game ever. Tossing just 64 pitches Jess Barnes allows 5 hits to win his 25th over Lee Meadows. The record for the shortest NL game was set last week by the Reds. In 1912 the Giants played a pre-World series exhibition with the Phils in just 39 minutes. Hal Chase bails out and skips the game; his old friend John McGraw covers up saying that the first sacker with the shady reputation has headed for California.
Aug 3, 1919 - The Giants salvage the 3rd game in Cincinnati winning 4-0. John McGraw then adds his own bit of of post-war topping on the win by yelling at the crowd "We beat you today and we'll be glad to get out of the home of the Huns." (as noted by Rhodes and Snyder) His words inspire a policeman to take a swing at McGaw but he misses and connects with Hal Chase. Chase then slugs the cop and as the crowd surges mounted policeman intercept them.
Feb 5, 1919 - Charges brought in 1918 by Reds owner Garry Herrmann and manager Mathewson against Hal Chase for betting against his team and throwing games in collusion with gamblers are dismissed by NL president John Heydler. Heydler decides Chase's sometimes indifferent play was due to "carelessness." Two weeks later John McGraw trades 1B Walter Holke and C Bill Rariden to the Reds for Chase but the Giants will also have their problems with him. In September McGraw will send Chase and Heinie Zimmerman home without explanation; during the investigation of the Black Sox scandal in 1920 McGraw will testify that the dismissal was because both players had thrown games and tried to enlist Fred Toney and Benny Kauff in their scheme.
Jan 14, 1919 - John McGraw‚ Charles A. Stoneham‚ and Tammany politician Judge Francis X. McQuade buy controlling interest in the Giants from the John Brush estate. Having drawn just 265‚000 fans in 1918‚ the club is sold at a bargain price. The three will spend many days in courtrooms fighting among themselves‚ and fending off government charges about Stoneham's business practices.
Aug 9, 1918 - With Sherry Magee at 1B for Cincinnati the Pirates defeat the Reds 4-3. Carmen Hill wins it in relief of Pete Schneider. Reds manager Christy Mathewson suspects 1B Hal Chase of taking bribes to fix games and suspends him "for indifferent play." He will be formally charged after season by owner Herrmann but will be acquitted by NL Prexy Heydler. During the hearings John McGraw said that if Chase is found innocent he would hire him for the Giants. But Prince Hal will be reinstated and play for the Giants in 1919.
Aug 19, 1917 - As part of a benefit for the 69th New York regiment-which is about to depart for France-the Giants move up the date of a game against the Cincinnati Reds. The 2100 European-bound troops march from the armory on 25th Street and Lexington Avenue to the East River at 34th Street where a ferry takes them to the foot of 157th Street. The troops parade to the Polo Grounds entering through the Eighth Avenue gate and drill on the field. A concert follows. Then the Giants play their first official Sunday game within the city limits. More than 25000 fans watch the Reds shut out the Giants 5-0. The Giants circumvent the Sunday law by stipulating that they are charging patrons for the concert then allowing them to watch the game for free (with all proceeds turned over to war charities). But city officials try to prosecute the two managers-Christy Mathewson of Cincinnati and John McGraw of New York-for violating the Sunday Blue Law. Mathewson and McGraw will be called to court two days after the game but the charges against them will be quickly dismissed by Magistrate Frank McQuade who actually praises them. (McQuade a rabid Giants fan later becomes part owner of the team.)
Jun 18, 1917 - The NL Board of Directors votes to back President Tener's drastic discipline of John McGraw and orders the Giants manager to appear in person defend counter charges made by Tener. Tener actions are based on newspaper accounts quoting McGraw as saying the league president is incompetent. McGraw is not allowed to appeal his $500 fine and 16-day suspension resulting in the run-in with umpire Bryon at Cincinnatti on June 8.
Jun 8, 1917 - After a game in Cincinnati John McGraw takes a swing at umpire Bill "Lord" Byron as they are leaving the field splitting Byron's lip. NL President John Tener fines McGraw $500 and suspends him for 16 days. McGraw sounds off to writer Sid Mercer about the general shortcomings of Tener and his umpires. When McGraw's quotes are published he signs a statement denying he'd said what was printed. The Baseball Writers Association protests forcing another NL meeting at which Tener finds McGraw guilty and fines him another $1000. Mercer a friend of McGraw's quits the beat and never speaks to McGraw again.
Mar 25, 1917 - John McGraw signs a five-year contract for $40000 a year plus bonuses. The contract makes him the highest paid figure in baseball.
Apr 18, 1914 - At Ebbets Field Wilbert Robinson leads his Dodgers to a pasting of John McGraw's Giants. Brooklyn racks Christy Mathewson for 10 hits and 9 runs in 7 innings. Zack Wheat leads the way with a 3-run homer while driving home 5 runs.
Dec 12, 1913 - While John McGraw is on his world tour‚ Giants president Harry Hempstead makes a swap with the Reds. The Reds send OF Bob Bescher to the Giants for young catcher Grover Hartley and Buck Herzog‚ who replaces Joe Tinker as manager and shortstop.
Oct 12, 1913 - John McGraw hosts a reunion for Hughey Jennings and the old Orioles. After a night of heavy drinking he blames his longtime friend business partner and teammate Wilbert Robinson for too many coaching mistakes in the Series. Robby replies that McGraw made more mistakes than anybody and McGraw fires him. Eyewitnesses say Robby douses McGraw with a glass of beer and leaves. They won't speak to each other for 17 years. Six days later Robby will begin a legendary 18 years as manager replacing Bill Dahlen. The team will carry the nickname Robins as well as Dodgers during his tenure.
Oct 11, 1913 - John McGraw loses his 3rd straight WS. In game 5 Mathewson is good but Eddie Plank is better; his 2-hitter wins the 3-1 finale. Plank retires the first 13 batters bettering the mark of 12 set by the Cubs Mordecai Brown on Ocotber 9 1906 Frank Baker at .450 and Eddie Collins at .421 lead a strong A's offense.
Sep 6, 1913 - Ed Reulbach pitches Brooklyn to a 2-0 whitewash of the Giants allowing just 2 hits. Mathewson takes the loss his 9th of the year. John McGraw frustrated with his team's lack of hitting losses an argument with ump Mal Eason and is tossed.
Aug 30, 1913 - The Giants score 6 runs against Alexander but the Phillies come back from the 6-0 deficit to score 8 against Mathewson. With 2 outs in the top of the 9th and the Phils leading 8-6 over New York umpire Bill Brennan acceding to a request by the wily John McGraw orders Phils captain Mickey Doolan (Phils manager Red Dooin had been ejected during the 6-run 6th) to have spectators removed from the CF bleachers where they are waving hats newspapers handkerchiefs and flashing mirrors to distract the batters. When Doolan refuses Brennan forfeits the game 9-0 to the Giants. Bedlam ensues and later when the two umpires and Giants players try to board the train at the North Philadelphia Station they are attacked by fans. The police draw their revolver to control the crowd. The Phils protest the forfeit and NL president Lynch will reverse the umpire and rule the game an 8-6 Phils win. The Giants then appeal. NL directors say both Brennan and Lynch are wrong and order the game completed from the point at which it was stopped. The game will be finished October 2 with the Giants winning.
Aug 13, 1913 - Doc Crandall is rescued from the basement: John McGraw buys him back from the Cards 12 days after trading him. According to historian Merritt Clifton Doc has a sore arm and is sent back as damaged goods. He will pitch for Brattleboro to get his arm in shape before rejoining the Giants for the stretch drive.
Oct 8, 1912 - The WS opens. Giants manager John McGraw goes with rookie Jeff Tesreau his most effective late-season pitcher against the Red Sox. Smoky Joe Wood fans 11 and wins 4-3 before 35730 at New York.
Sep 7, 1912 - Arthur "Bugs" Raymond 30 is found dead at the Hotel Valey in Chicago of a brain hemorrhage 2 days after his skull was fractured in a barroom fight. Raymond last pitched for the Giants in 1911 compiling a 6-4 before his drinking forced John McGraw to let him go.
Dec 21, 1911 - In the New York Evening Journal‚ 80's player-manager Sam Crane picks his all-time greatest list‚ in response to a list that Charles Comiskey compiled. Crane graciously faults Comiskey for not including himself‚ as well as for not going back far enough. He lists 20 in chronological order: G.Wright‚ R. Barnes‚ C. Anson‚ M. Kelly‚ C. Radbourn, F. Dunlap‚ Buck Ewing‚ J. Ward‚ C. Comiskey‚ B. Lange‚ J. McGraw‚ L. Lajoie‚ F. Clarke‚ H. Wagner‚ W. Keeler‚ J. Collins‚ C. Mathewson‚ H. Chase‚ T. Cobb‚ and E. Collins.
Sep 12, 1911 - In the nitecap of a game billed as a pitchers' duel Boston's Cy Young and the Giants' Christy Mathewson face each other before 10000 Boston's largest crowd of the year. Young gives up 3 homers and 9 runs in less than 3 innings. After the Giants build a 9-0 lead John McGraw lifts Mathewson who pitched just 2 innings preferring to save his ace for the pennant race against Chicago and Philadelphia. This is the only time the 2 pitchers ever face each other. Mathewson adds to New York's scoring in the 3rd by swiping home. The Giants coast 11-2. In the field Matty also helps when with Miller on 1B in the 2nd inning a line drive to center by Gowdy results in a DP (8-4-1-3). New York wins the 1st game 9-3 and now lead the Cubs by 2 games.
Jul 28, 1911 - Charley "Victory" Faust shows up at the Giants' hotel in St. Louis asking for a tryout. Manager John McGraw observes the "pitcher" who obviously is no player and carries him on the team as an unofficial "mascot" and good luck charm. But the Giants lose to the Cards today 5-2 with the help of 5 errors.
Jul 17, 1911 - Boston Nationals infielder Buck Herzog and OF Doc Miller fail to show up for a home game against the Cubs-a 12-8 Boston win-and they are suspended by the club. After a conference with the club president they rejoin the team. John McGraw anxious to retrieve former Giant Herzog to shore up a weak infield will swap C Hank Gowdy and SS Al Bridwell to Boston for Herzog on the 21st. Doc will get traded next year.
Jun 7, 1911 - After 2 years on the vaudeville circuit with his wife Mabel Hite and occasional sojourns to jail for drunkenness and assault "Turkey Mike" Donlin is reinstated by the National Commission. He rejoins the Giants but John McGraw's willingness to put up with him ceases after 12 games and the .333 lifetime hitter is traded to the last-place NL Boston Rustlers.
May 13, 1911 - At Hilltop Park Fred Merkle has 6 RBIs in one inning-on a double and an inside-the-park home run-as the Giants tee off on three St. Louis pitchers for 13 runs in the first inning including 7 before an out is recorded. Merkle adds a 3-run double in the inning and then scores the last run on the front end of a successful double steal. The spree ties a first inning ML record enjoyed by the Boston Beaneaters against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1900 and it remains a Giants club record through the 20th century. John McGraw decides to save starter Mathewson for another day and lifts him after one inning but the official scorer credits Matty with the win. McGraw wants to give Marquard some experience in pitching without pressure and brings in Rube to finish. He works the last 8 innings and strikes out 14 setting a 20th century NL record and a since broken ML record for strikeouts by a reliever: Walter Johnson will K 15 batters in 1913 and Randy Johnson will match it in 2001 while Denny McLain will rack up 14 in 1965. The Giants roll 19-5 pinning the loss on Harry Sallee.
Jun 17, 1910 - When Louis Drucke falters against the Pirates in the top of the 9th Giants manager John McGraw calls for Bugs Raymond to protect the 3-2 lead. Raymond has supposedly been warming up behind the stands but apparently had visited a saloon across the way and swapped a ball for two shots of whiskey. Raymond hits two batters allows two hits and tosses one wild and the Pirates win 6-3. A furious McGraw suspends the pitcher indefinitely. Bugs will be back on July 5th.
Jun 5, 1909 - St. Louis admirers give Roger Bresnahan a diamond ring and give the rest of the team silk umbrellas then Cardinal errors give the Giants 6 runs and the game 8-7. John McGraw and Larry Doyle are tossed by umpire Charlie Criger.
Sep 9, 1908 - In a 7-3 New York win the Giants steal 9 bases off Brooklyn's Billy Maloney an outfielder pressed into service as a catcher. That's enough to make him quit the game. Following the game John McGraw makes his stage debut in a show at the Hippodrome. He has a small part in the show "Sporting Days."
Jul 6, 1908 - In Cincinnati Christy Mathewson stops the Reds 2-1 beating Andy Coakley for a Giants win. He'll beat them again by the same score on the 9th. The 3rd place Giants are now 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Pirates. John McGraw misses the game to scout 19-year-old prospect Rube Marquard pitching in Columbus.
Dec 13, 1907 - Friction between his catchers and the need to strengthen the Giants infield prompt John McGraw to trade Frank Bowerman‚ along with Bill Dahlen‚ Dan McGann‚ George Browne‚ and George Ferguson to Boston for young SS Al Bridwell‚ veteran 1B and recently fired manager Fred Tenney‚ and reserve C Tom Needham.
Sep 23, 1907 - At the start of the Giants match in Pittsburgh John McGraw hands Bill Klem the lineup card with Bresnahan's name in the lineup. The two argue about whether the catcher can play after yesterday's ejection and then when Klem turns away he is hit in the face with a glass of water. No culprit comes forward but Klem gets his revenge in the 6th inning by ejecting McGraw and Art Devlin for arguing a call. The Pirates win 2-1.
Jul 28, 1907 - The Reds make it three straight from the Giants winning 8-3 and 3-1. In game 1 winning pitcher Jake Weimer adds insult to injury with a swipe of home. An incensed John McGraw gets into a fight with a park security man and belts him. Police break it up and no arrests are made.
May 11, 1907 - John McGraw deals three aces today against the Pirates and emerges with a 9-6 win. Starter Joe McGinnity lasts one inning Hooks Wiltse pitches until the 7th when he is given the hook in favor of Christy Mathewson. The Giants score 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th off Mike Lynch with the victory going to Matty.
Jan 10, 1907 - John McGraw stops a runaway team of horses in Los Angeles‚ saving two young women from injury.
Aug 6, 1906 - In New York Art Devlin and John McGraw are tossed for abusing umpire James Johnstone during a 3-1 loss to Chicago. The two will be suspended. Three Fingered Brown is the winner over Joe McGinnity who is making his first appearance after being suspended for 10 days and fined $100 for an altercation with Peitz in Pittsburgh.
Jun 21, 1906 - At the Polo Grounds umpire Bob Emslie tosses John McGraw in the 4th inning but his fellow ump Hank O'Day goes one better banishing Joe McGinnity and first sacker Dan McGann in the 5th. Down 4-2 Mathewson relieves for the Giants and shuts out the Pirates over the last 4 innings. The Giants load the bases in the 9th and Chappie McFarland relieves a tired Sam Leever. A single scores one and with two outs Doc Marshall singles to score the winning run. Mathewson wins 5-4.
May 7, 1906 - The Giants get shut out at Washington Park by Brooklyn's Jim Pastorious 6-0. Harry Lumley crack a long drive near the CF fence for a triple and "Hoboken" Tim Jordan follows with his first ML homer off Hooks Wiltse. Jordan will lead the NL in homers this year with Lumley second. John McGraw sore from a car accident yesterday that occurred while returning from an exhibition game in Newburgh watches the game from a box seat.
Apr 26, 1906 - Immediately following the Giants 4-3 win over Philadelphia John McGraw slugs a fan who had made a derogatory remark about the Giants. Then the manager proceeds on to the clubhouse. When a policeman arrives he refuses to arrest McGraw on the grounds that he had not witnessed the altercation.
Jan 5, 1906 - John McGraw and jockey Tod Sloan open a billiard parlor at 34th Street and Broadway which soon becomes a popular and profitable hangout for New York's sporting life.
May 19, 1905 - Banished yesterday for brawling with Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke John McGraw roams the Polo Grounds before today's game with the Pirates shouting insults at Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss. McGraw accuses him of controlling the NL umpires through league president Harry Pulliam and welching on gambling debts. McGraw is again ejected during the game. Dreyfuss will files a formal protest with the league about McGraw's behavior his swearing and his shouting "Hey Barney" at Dreyfuss from the field. He also contends that the Giants manager offered to wager $10000 that the Giants would win the game. McGraw responds to Dreyfuss' complaint by stating that NL President Pulliam could not "forget his former role as the secretary to Dreyfuss." A meeting of the Leagues directors results in a $150 fine and 15-day suspension for McGraw but John Brush immediately gets a Superior Court injunction blocking the suspension and further hearings exonerate McGraw. Today's match is won by New York 7-1 as Dummy Taylor bests Chick Robitaille.
Apr 24, 1905 - At Baker Bowl Giants manager John McGraw lets Mathewson hit with two on in the 9th and the ace promptly singles in two runs to give the Giants a 5-4 lead. Matty then checks the Phils in the bottom of the 9th for the win over Bill Duggleby.
Oct 10, 1904 - John McGraw issues a statement saying that he not president John Brush was responsible for refusing to play the AL winner in a post season series. The Sporting News will declare the Boston Americans champions by default.
Oct 4, 1904 - In the first of two at New York the Giants loses to the Cardinals 7-3 despite Sam Mertes contribution of 4 hits for the cycle. New York drops the 2nd game in a forfeit in the 4th inning. With New York losing 2-1 three Giants are tossed out by umpire James Johnstone a Giants nemesis. John McGraw is slow in replacing them on the field and the ump declares a forfeit to St. Louis. One paper states tomorrow that McGraw didn't have enough players left on the bench to field a team.
Sep 23, 1904 - The Giants sleepwalk against the Pirates ("Pittsburg Plays All By Itself" is the NY Herald headline) as Red Ames allows 3 runs in 8 innings before John McGraw pulls him. His replacement is Frank Bowerman who gives up 4 runs in his only ML inning. The Pirates win 7-0.
Sep 5, 1904 - In Front of 37000 fans the Giants sweep the Beaneaters beating Boston 6-1 and 4-3. Mathewson wins the opener beating Irv Wilhelm and is not scored upon until the 9th when Jim Delahanty and Tom Needham triple. Red Ames wins the nitecap. Following the Giant sweep excited fans hoist John McGraw up to carry him to the Polo Grounds field house. But McGraw gets dropped during the excitement sustaining a sprained ankle.
Aug 17, 1904 - Mathewson starts his 2nd in a row against the Pittsburgh and again the host Bucs rough him up collecting 13 hits and 6 runs. But New York counters with 13 hits and 9 runs against Charlie Case to win 9-6. Honus Wagner gets thrown out of the game after objecting to John McGraw's interference with a throw from the Bucs 3B Bobby Leach.
Aug 7, 1904 - The Giants swap outfielders sending rookie OF Moose McCormick (.266) west to the Reds who in turn send him to Pittsburgh for Harry Sebring (269). The Reds ship Mike Donlin (.356) to the Giants. Turkey Mike sitting out a month's suspension for drunken behavior in Chicago will enjoy the New York life style and being reunited with John McGraw for whom he starred at Baltimore in 1901. He'll help the Giants win two straight pennants.
Jul 27, 1904 - John McGraw and John T. Brush say they have no intention of playing a post-season series with the AL champions. "The Giants will not play a post season series with the American League champions. Ban Johnson has not been on the level with me personally and the American League management has been crooked more than once." says McGraw. "When we clinch the NL pennant we'll be champions of the only real major league" Ban Johnson fires back "No thoughtful patron of baseball can weigh seriously the wild vaporings of this discredited player who was canned from the American League." As the New York Highlanders battle for the AL pennant local pressure mounts but Brush still angry over the inter-league peace treaty and McGraw who despises Ban Johnson are adamant.
Jun 10, 1904 - In the opener of the battle for first place at the Polo Grounds Christy Mathewson pitches a brilliant one-hitter to beat Chicago 5-0. The lone hit is Johnny Kling's 4th-inning single. The other action is provided by ump Charlie Zimmer who ejects Mertes on a strike call. He also thumbs John McGraw coaching at 3B to the bench and sends Dummy Taylor the 1B coach to the clubhouse. One wag said later that Taylor was making too much noise.
May 7, 1904 - In St Louis the first-place Giants provoke a protest in winning 2-1 with a pair in the 9th off starter Jack Taylor. John McGraw pinch running after a single by Jack Warner scores on a single by Roger Bresnahan. As McGraw rounded 3B with 1B coach Gilbert following him the entire Giant team collects along the 3B line yelling St. Louis 1B Jake Beckley complains to the ump about it and when one of the Giants dashes to home from the coach's box Beckley fires to an uncovered home plate thinking it is Bresnahan trying to score. Which he then does for the win. St. Louis manager Kid Nichols protests the game claiming correctly that the players left the bench in violation of rule 56 section 17. The rule states: "if one or more members of the team at bat stand or collect around a base for which a base runner is trying thereby confusing the fielding side and adding to the difficult of making such play the base runner shall be declared out for the interference of his teammate or teammates." NL president Pulliam rejects the complaint and many fans and writers agree saying the protest is unmanly as noted by historian Benton Stark (The Year They Called off the World Series).
Apr 14, 1904 - At Brooklyn's Washington Park a record 15000 fans are on hand for the Opener delayed until 4:00. John McGraw's Giants then take the field and bang out 10 hits to beat Oscar Jones 7-1. Mathewson allows 3 hits to win.
Dec 12, 1903 - Continuing efforts to build a winner in New York‚ John McGraw acquires 34-year-old SS Bill Dahlen from Brooklyn in exchange for pitcher John Cronin and iron-fingered SS Charlie Babb. McGraw says this is the trade that makes the Giants into winners. In 1904‚ Dahlen will top the NL with 80 RBI. When he retires in 1911‚ he will have fielded more chances than any other SS.
Aug 26, 1903 - The Boston Beaneaters drive Mathewson from the mound with 5 runs in the 6th to take a 6-5 lead over the Giants and hold on to win by that score. When Roger Bresnahan is called out at home in the 9th New York and John McGraw and Gilbert lead the argument against August Moran. Moran tosses them for their troubles. New York wins the nitecap 3-2 in 10 innings.
Jul 19, 1902 - The last-place Giants lose their first game under new manager John McGraw 4-3 to the Phillies. They will end the season in last place. In part to make room for the four new Orioles who have landed in New York McGraw releases 9 Giants.
Jul 8, 1902 - John McGraw accused by Ban Johnson of trying to wreck the Baltimore and Washington clubs negotiates his release from the Orioles and officially signs to manage the Giants at $11000 a year although he'd already secretly signed a contract several days earlier brought to Baltimore by Giants secretary Fred M. Knowles. McGraw says "I wish to state that I shall not tamper with any of the Baltimore club's players." But conspiring with NL owners Brush and Andrew Freedman McGraw swings the sale of the Orioles their way enabling them to release Orioles Dan McGann Roger Bresnahan Joe McGinnity and Jack Cronin for signing by the Giants. Joe Kelley and Cy Seymour go to Brush's Cincinnati Reds. Both the Orioles of the AL and the Giants of the NL will finish in last place the only time a manager has skippered both last-place teams in the same year.
Jun 3, 1902 - The Giants manager Horace Fogel leaves the team because of his father's death and he will not return. The Giants will replace him with 2B George Smith on the 11th. The change lasts 6 weeks before Smith goes back to the infield and John McGraw takes over.
May 4, 1902 - The AL suspends John McGraw for 5 days for rowdyism on the field May 1st. To show how evenhanded the AL is Detroit catcher Fritz Buelow is suspended for 5 days for the same reason. McGraw will use the time to go scouting.
May 1, 1902 - Boston beats Baltimore 6-4 and John McGraw is tossed in the 9th after being hit on the butt with a pitch only to have umpire Sheridan say he didn't try to avoid the pitch. Sheridan also upsets the crowd with a foul call on a ball. After the game a fan heaves a brick at the ump but hits a policeman instead.
Apr 28, 1902 - Outfielder Jimmy Sheckard of the AL Baltimore Orioles jumps the team and returns to the NL the first American Leaguer to jump to the NL. In his short stay in the AL Sheckard had been constantly razzed by fans about his contract jumping. White Sox president Comiskey says "We don't want Sheckard in our league. He has broken too many contracts." President Tom Daly of the Ball Players' Protective Association echoes the sentiments. "Our organization is unalterably opposed to such tactics as Sheckard has made use of. I am glad he has gone back to Brooklyn for while he is a great ball player and a nice fellow personally we do not countenance violating a written contract as he has done. I suppose (Ned) Hanlon scared him into jumping." With Sheckard (and his $1000 signing bonus gone) Orioles manager John McGraw will play 3B with Kelly moving to CF.
Aug 21, 1901 - In Baltimore Orioles pitcher Joe McGinnity is tossed for spitting in the face of umpire Tom Connally. When Detroit's Kid Elberfeld intervenes he is decked by Baltimore's Mike Donlin. Bill Keister also gets involved as do some fans and the police who arrest the players and a fan. Judge Harry Goldman a part-owner of the O's releases the players and fines the fan a $100. McGinnity is suspended for 10 days for the spitting which he says was not spitting but throwing his tobacco quid at him. Ban Johnson will reduce the suspension after meeting with McGinnity and John McGraw (source: Terry Simpkins).
Apr 28, 1901 - Veteran SS Hugh Jennings teammate and roommate of John McGraw in Baltimore's great days will play for Mack's Athletics after getting his law degree at Cornell. McGraw persuades him to play for Baltimore instead touching off a battle royal with Connie Mack and Ban Johnson. The result is ill feelings that never heal. Jennings winds up playing for the Phillies.
Mar 11, 1901 - The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Baltimore manager John McGraw has signed a Cherokee Indian named Tokohoma. It is really black 2B Charlie Grant who McGraw is trying to pass off as an Indian but the ruse does not work.
Jan 4, 1901 - The Baltimore AL club incorporates with John McGraw as manager and part owner.
Nov 21, 1900 - Given a 10-year contract to control the Baltimore franchise‚ John McGraw says he intends to be in baseball a long time‚ and wants to lease grounds in Baltimore where he can stay. He'll be in baseball 32 more years‚ but not in Baltimore.
Oct 20, 1900 - The Cardinals withhold the final month's pay on all but 5 players including John McGraw and Wilbur Robinson citing late hours dissipation and gambling as reasons for the poor showing of the team which finished tied for 5th.
Oct 11, 1900 - The AL announces that in 1901 it intends to put a team in Baltimore led by John McGraw and one in Washington. But they pledge to stay out of Philadelphia and St. Louis unless the NL starts a fight.
Aug 18, 1900 - Veteran manager Pat Tebeau resigns from the Cards. When 3B John McGraw refuses the job the Robison brothers the St. Louis owners pick Louie Heilbroner the 4' 9" Cardinals business manager to run the team for the remainder of 1900. Many of the players refuse to take orders from the diminutive Heilbroner and it will be John McGraw who is really in command. will return to the front office the following year and in 1910 he will begin publishing The Baseball Blue Book.
Aug 17, 1900 - Reds pitcher Bill Phillips punches Phillies batter Roy Thomas after Thomas fouls off a dozen pitches in the 8th inning. Phillips is ejected but the Reds win in the 11th 5-4. Reportedly (as noted by Art Ahrens) Thomas fouled off 22 straight on another occasion. According to Bill James it is Thomas and John McGraw who are chiefly responsible for the NL adopting the foul strike rule next year.
Aug 4, 1900 - The Cardinals blow a 4-1 lead to the Giants but come back against reliever Christy Mathewson pitching his 3rd straight game in relief to take another lead 8-7 in the 7th. St. Louis wins 9-8 with John McGraw scoring the winning run in the 8th handing Matty his first career decision. Matty will go 0-3 as a Giant before returning to Norfolk when the Giants decide not to pay $1500 for him..
Jun 2, 1900 - Boston wins the season's best slugfest scoring 4 in the 9th and one in the 10th to beat St. Louis 17-16. Eight pitchers are used and there are 37 hits and 13 errors including one by John McGraw. McGraw doesn't finish the game as he gets tossed after arguing a play at 3B too strenuously. Turkey Mike Donlin has 5 hits including a game-tying homer in the 7th for the Cardinals. Herman Long has 4 hits including a homer and scores 4 for Boston. Long will hit 12 homers this season all at home.
May 8, 1900 - John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson end their holdout and sign with the Cardinals. Both contracts have the reserve clause crossed out freeing McGraw to return to Baltimore in the AL in 1901.
Mar 23, 1900 - John McGraw, Wilbert Robinson, and Bill “Wagon Tongue” Keister, an INF, are sold by Brooklyn to St. Louis for $15,000. McGraw and Robby refuse to report. The good-hitting but horrible fielding Keister will be back in Baltimore next year, then go to Washington in 1902 and the Phillies in 1903, making it six different teams in six years.
Feb 28, 1900 - John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson both sign contracts with Baltimore. When the long-rumored move by Baltimore to disband occurs the two players are supposed to report to Brooklyn but they will refuse and sit out the first third of the season instead Finally they are traded to St. Louis.
Feb 15, 1900 - Unable to get backers in Philadelphia John McGraw withdraws Baltimore from AL ending prospects for the league as a rival to the NL. Two weeks later McGraw will sign to manage Baltimore (NL).
Jan 12, 1900 - John McGraw threatens that if the NL drops Baltimore which is controlled by the owners of the Brooklyn Superbas he will form an AL team. Two weeks later the NL Circuit Committee recommends buying out Baltimore Washington Cleveland and Louisville and going to an 8-team league. McGraw then organizes a Baltimore club in the AL.
Aug 31, 1899 - John McGraw's 23-year-old wife dies following surgery for appendicitis. Her funeral with Ned Hanlon Willie Keeler Joe Kelley and Hughie Jennings participating as pallbearers would be one of the largest in Baltimore history.
Jun 19, 1899 - Honus Wagner again wins an extra inning game for Louisville this time hitting the game winner in 12th against Baltimore. Louisville wins 3-2. Bert Cunningham allows just 4 hits and keeps John McGraw from reaching first base for the first time in 52 games.
Apr 18, 1899 - John McGraw 26 makes his managerial debut with Baltimore by leading the Orioles to a 5-3 win over the New York Giants. He will later manage the Giants for 3 decades.
Feb 7, 1899 - Under a joint ownership arrangement several Baltimore players are shifted to Brooklyn and that club transfers several to the Orioles. Manager Ned Hanlon takes Willie Keeler Joe Kelley Hughie Jennings and others with him while John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson remain in Baltimore. The powerful new Brooklyn team will by 1899 be called the Superbas (nicknamed after a vaudeville act called Hanlon's Superbas) and in the 1913-30 era the team will be known as the Robins. Baltimore will do well with leftovers but the Oriole dynasty ends.
Nov 22, 1898 - Former umpire "Honest John" Kelly is the referee at the Jim Corbett-Tom Sharkey fight in New York. Sharkey is the winner. Many baseball people attend‚ including John McGraw and Tim Hurst.
Oct 16, 1898 - In the season just completed Baltimore batters were hit by pitches 158 times an all-time record which would never be approached. Hugh Jennings led with 42 followed by Dan McGann with 38 and John McGraw with 18.
Apr 20, 1898 - John McGraw Baltimore's feisty 3B who will lead the league in runs (143) and walks (112) gets 3 of each in an 18-3 drubbing of Boston.
Jul 18, 1897 - Cap Anson lines a 4th-inning single off George Blackburn as Clark Grif?th and the Colts defeat Baltimore 6-3. In the 8th inning O's John McGraw twice steps in front of pitches from Griffith and each time umpire Jim McDonald refuses to award first base to McGraw.
Aug 8, 1896 - paced by Joe Kelley's 5 runs Baltimore defeats Washington 21-16. Each team hits exactly the same number of singles as its run total with the 37 singles establishing a still-standing ML record for a 9-inning game. Baltimore star John McGraw makes his first appearance of the season when he pinch-hits in the 3rd. McGraw has been sidelined with typhoid fever. The New York Clipper box score for the game credits the Orioles with only 20 singles (plus 3 doubles and a HR) not 21. The record claimed for singles in this game may be suspect.
Jun 25, 1895 - John McGraw hits a 2-out 2-strike single to drive in a pair of runs and give the Orioles an 8-7 win over Washington.
May 15, 1894 - In the aftermath of a fierce fight between Baltimore's John McGraw and Boston's Tommy Tucker in the 3rd inning a devastating fire probably caused by a tossed cigarette starts in the RF stands at Boston's South End Grounds during the 3rd inning with Boston up 5-3. The fire destroys $70000 worth of equipment as well as the park the only truly double-decked grandstand Boston would ever have. The fire spreads to adjacent blocks and eventually destroys or severely damages 170 buildings and leaves 1900 homeless. The team moves to the Congress Street ballpark for several months before returning to the rebuilt Walpole Street Park. Boston will play one game at CSG tomorrow against Baltimore (win) and then go to Philley in switch of schedule for three games to get field ready. At the time it was thought South Ends Grounds were lost for season.