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    Aug 12, 1986 - Boston's Don Baylor sets an AL record when he is hit by a pitch for the 25th time‚ breaking the season record he held with Bill Freehan (1968) and Kid Elberfeld (1911). The Royals Bud Black does the plunking in a 5-1 win. Baylor will end the season being hit 35 times: the ML record is 50 by Ron Hunt.

    Sep 12, 1936 - Kid Elberfeld pinch-hits at age 61 for his Fulton (Kitty League) team and grounds out to 3B.

    Dec 15, 1909 - Kid Elberfeld‚ who helped make the Highlanders a winner‚ is sold to Washington for $5‚000.

    Aug 13, 1908 - Cy Young Day is celebrated by 20‚000 in Boston. He pitches briefly against an All-Star team that includes Jack ChesbroHal ChaseWillie Keeler‚ Harry Davis‚ and George Mullin. The game is interrupted several times for presentations to the great hurler‚ including a great loving cup from the AL for all his accomplishments. This is Keeler's last appearance this season‚ as he returns home to Brooklyn‚ partly in protest to Highlander manager Kid Elberfeld's surly managerial style (as stated in Jim Reiseler's book Before They Were Bombers)). Keeler quits without pay saying‚ "I cannot give you a run for your money"‚ He had been ill and muffed a flyball in left field‚ but he will return next season to play under manager George Stallings.

    Jul 25, 1908 - With the Highlanders leading the Tigers 3-2 in the 8th‚ Detroit scores 2 runs on a Ty Cobb triple. With lefty Claude Rossman the next hitter‚ New York's new manager Kid Elberfeld moves righty pitcher Jack Chesbro to 1B and replaces him with first baseman Hal Chase. Chase allows a fly ball that scores Cobb‚ then goes back to 1B and Chesbro resumes his spot on the mound. It is Chase's only pitching appearance as the Tigers win 5-3.

    Jun 24, 1908 - Charging the Highlander owners with refusing to spend money to build the team‚ manager Clark Grif?th resigns. His Highlanders are 24-32. Kid Elberfeld replaces him following today's 6-6 tie with the A's. New York fades fast and will ?nish last with 103 losses.

    May 1, 1908 - In New York's 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals‚ Kid Elberfeld is severely spiked in the foot by Bob Ganley‚ essentially ending his season. He'll go to bat just 56 times this year.

    Jun 12, 1907 - The Highlanders make it easy for the Tigers by committing 11 errors in the 14-6 win by Detroit. Shortstop Kid Elberfeld leads the bobble gang with 4 errors; 1B Chase‚ 3B LaPorte‚ 2B Williams‚ LF Conroy‚ and pitchers Orth and Hogg each add a miscue. Following the game‚ New York manager Clark Griffith gets into a fracas with a fan and is charged with assault. Griffith later argues self defense and receives a fine.

    May 31, 1907 - The Highlanders beat Boston‚ 4-1‚ behind Frank Kitson‚ making his first appearance for New York. Kitson was 0-3 for the Nationals this year‚ but will go 4-0 in New York. Kid Elberfeld of the Highlanders has a steal of home‚ and Hal Chase has 2 steals.

    May 20, 1907 - In the Highlanders' 4-1 win over Boston‚ Kid Elberfeld accounts for half the total tallies with 2 steals of home‚ the first American Leaguer to accomplish that feat.

    Sep 3, 1906 - Kid Elberfeld‚ the hot-headed Tabasco Kid‚ assaults umpire Silk O'Loughlin and is forcibly removed by police in the first game of New York's 4-3 win over the Athletics. In the 2nd game‚ New York base runner Willie Keeler collides with SS Lave Cross trying to field a ground ball‚ and 2 runs score. O'Loughlin sees no interference‚ a call so hotly disputed by A's captain Harry Davis that‚ after 8 minutes of arguing‚ the umpire forfeits the game to New York. For New York‚ it is a ML record 5th straight doubleheader sweep in consecutive days‚ and the streak puts them back atop the AL. Elberfeld will be suspended for just 8 games for his brawl with Silk.

    Feb 2, 1905 - Hugh Jennings‚ now managing Baltimore in the Eastern League‚ is admitted to the Maryland bar after completing law studies at Cornell. In two weeks Yankees OF Dave Fultz‚ a Columbia graduate‚ passes the New York bar exam. Fultz will suffer a late September collision with teammate Kid Elberfeld‚ breaking his nose and jaw‚ and retire at 31. In 1912 he will organize and lead the Players' Fraternity.

    May 11, 1904 - In the opener of a 4-game series with the visiting Cleveland Blues‚ the New York Highlanders prevail‚ 4-2‚ on a 2-run HR by Kid Elberfeld and a pair of run-scoring singles by Deacon McGuire. The New Yorkers will take 3 of the 4 games to move into a tie 2nd place.

    Sep 24, 1903 - At New York‚ the Highlanders take a pair from the St. Louis Browns‚ winning 6-2 and 8-6. Jack Chesbro is the victor in the opener with a bit of help from the Browns John Anderson (as noted by Peter Morris). The Browns make 4 straight hits in the 8th‚ and an error by Kid Elberfeld on Anderson's grounder loads the bases. With Bobby Wallace hitting‚ Anderson inexplicably takes off for 2nd base and is thrown out trying to scramble back to 1B‚ a play that will be referred to in the early part of the century as a "John Anderson play." Wallace strikes out on the play. Anderson explains that "I got too far off first base and couldn't get back." To which his manager McAleer responds‚ "Tell me‚ you big bum‚ where did you think you were going?" After the game Clark Griffith brings up the possibility of a trade again and finds that the price had gone down. "Give me an old bat bag or anything‚" says McAleer‚"and take the big stiff." Anderson will be swapped to New York next month.

    Aug 1, 1903 - Rube Waddell no-hits the Highlanders‚ except for Kid Elberfeld‚ who has 4 singles. These‚ plus a lavish 6 walks‚ down the A's 3-2‚ with the win going to Jack Chesbro. Waddell observes afterward‚ "If I would have walked him 4 times‚ I would have pitched a no-hitter."

    Jun 10, 1903 - Detroit SS Kid Elberfeld‚ suspended for abusing an umpire‚ is traded to the New York Highlanders for veteran infielders Herman Long‚ 37‚ and Ernie Courtney. The Highlanders' first trade is a good one as "The Tabasco Kid"‚ currently hitting .341‚ will be a key ingredient in New York's rise as contenders in 1904. Elberfeld had also been accused by Tiger manager Ed Barrow of deliberately throwing games recently as a ploy to get himself traded.

    Sep 2, 1901 - Detroit sweeps a Labor Day doubleheader from Washington‚ picking up an AL record 21 infield assists in game 2. This is still the AL record. SS Kid Elberfeld has 12 assists to back up Roscoe Miller.

    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 25, 1901 - In its AL debut before 10‚023‚ Detroit scores the greatest Opening Day rally with 10 runs in the bottom of the 9th for a 14-13 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Detroit spots the Brewers a 13-3 lead-7-0 after 3 innings-by making 7 errors‚ including three by SS Kid Elberfeld. Tiger 1B Pop Dillon hits 4 doubles‚ tying the ML record‚ including a pair in the record 9th inning‚ the last is the game-winner off reliever Bert Husting. Dillon's four doubles is an opening day record that will be matched by Jim Greengrass in 1954.

    Nov 8, 1897 - In the ensuing draft Chicago gets California catcher Frank Chance‚ the Reds select Harry Steinfeldt‚ and the Phillies nab Kid Elberfeld and Elmer Flick.

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