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    Jul 20, 1922 - At Sportsman's Park‚ Rogers Hornsby belts a 2-out 9th inning HR with two men on the give the Cards a 7-6 win over Boston. It is the Rajah's 25th HR of the year‚ breaking Gavvy Cravath's NL home run mark (post-1900). In two weeks‚ Hornsby will break the record of 27 homers set in 1884 by Chicago's Ned Williamson.

    Sep 20, 1919 - On "Babe Ruth Day" at Fenway‚ 31‚000 jam the park to see the Knights of Columbus of South Boston honor one of their own members between games of the DH with Chicago. Ruth starts on the mound in game 1‚ his first start since September 1‚ and Allan Russell relieves in the 6th inning. With the score tied 3-3 in the 9th‚ Babe‚ now playing LF‚ golfs a outside pitche from Lefty Williams over the LF wall to win the game‚ 4-3 With the hit‚ Ruth ties Ned Williamson's 1884 ML HR mark of 27. Boston takes the nitecap‚ 5-4‚ with Ruth scores the winning run in the 5th. He is deprived of a homer when his 5th inning drive bounces out of the bleachers and ump Billy Evans rules it a double. Evans spots the fans scrambling for the ball and rules it a ground-rule double under the day's temporary ground rules. A petition signed by witnessing fans is brought to Evans by a National Guardsman (filling in for the striking Boston police) but the ump dismisses it.

    Jan 10, 1918 - While acknowledging that Ty CobbTris Speaker‚ and Eddie Collins are all good ball players‚ Cap Anson picks his all-time team‚ leaving them off while modestly naming himself as the first baseman. In the current issue of TSN‚ Anson selects C-Buck Ewing and King Kelly; P-Amos RusieJohn ClarksonJim McCormick; 2B-Fred Pfeffer; 3B-Ned Williamson; SS-Ross Barnes; OF-Bill LangeGeorge GoreJimmy Ryan‚ and Hugh Duffy.

    Mar 8, 1889 - The touring teams play their only game in Paris‚ the All-Americas winning 6-2 at Parc Aristotique. Chicago SS Ned Williamson suffers a knee injury sliding on the cinder playing field‚ disabling him until August 14th and effectively ending his days as a top player.

    Oct 29, 1887 - Ned Williamson and Silver Flint sign with Chicago for 1888 despite the Brotherhood pledge.

    Aug 23, 1887 - Ned Williamson hits a HR over the distant CF fence in Boston's South Ends Grounds‚ only the 2nd ball ever hit over that area in the park's 17-year history. But the game and HR are washed out by rain.

    Oct 22, 1886 - With Jim McCormick and Jocko Flynn lame and John Clarkson tired‚ Chicago tries to use a minor league recruit in the pitcher's box‚ only to be refused by the Browns. SS Ned Williamson and RF Jimmy Ryan pitch for the Whites. The Browns win easily 10-3 to take a 3-to-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

    Aug 26, 1886 - The Chicago White Stockings take over first place‚ beating Boston‚ 10-4‚ behind the pitching of Clarkson. Ned Williamson and Mike Kelly homer for the Whites. Chicago's percentage is now a lofty .727‚ while Detroit's is .717.

    May 30, 1884 - In the afternoon game of Chicago's doubleheader with Detroit (NL)‚ White Stocking Ned Williamson doubles and hits a ML-record 3 HRs as Chicago overwhelms the Wolverines 12-2. Weldman‚ the losing pitcher‚ swaps place with SS Meinke‚ who finishes up. Williamson's HRs are his first of 27 (25 at home)‚ which will set a ML season record not broken until Babe Ruth hits 29 in 1919. Williamson and his teammates will combine for a record 142 dingers-all but 10 at home-in taking advantage of tiny Lake Front Park's new ground rule: a ball hit over the fence is now a homer‚ whereas last year it went for a ground-rule double.

    Sep 6, 1883 - Chicago uses the big inning to roll against Detroit‚ winning 26-6. Chicago sets a ML record by scoring 18 runs in the 7th inning as Tom Burns sets records by going 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and a HR and scoring 3 runs. Fred Pfeffer and Ned Williamson also collect 3 hits in the inning‚ while Goldsmith‚ Billy Sunday and Kelly have two apiece. Chicago tallies 6 doubles in the inning‚ a record that won't be topped until Boston hits 7 on August 25‚ 1936. Fourteen runs score before the first out and before manager Dan O'Leary changes pitchers. Detroit scores zero‚ but the 18 runs in the 7th is actually a record for 2 teams as well. All Chicago hitters have 3 or more hits‚ except leadoff hitter Dalrymple with 2. Detroit Free Press editor Charles Mathison‚ in listing the box score‚ writes‚ "The Free Press would be pleased to submit the full score of this remarkable game to its readers‚ but the Western Union Telegraph Company‚ which has no excuse for its poor service‚ has furnished it bobtailed and in ludicrous deformity (no assists or errors are listed) it is submitted below. The company was requested to supply the missing links‚ but the head operator declined to do so."

    Jul 12, 1881 - Chicago continues its winning ways beating Worcester‚ 12-6. Ned Williamson has a perfect day at the plate with 3 singles‚ a triple and homer.

    Jul 5, 1879 - Ned Williamson is 5-for-5 with a triple and HR as Chicago snaps a 3-game losing streak with a 14-6 win over Boston.

    Sep 23, 1878 - The "Chicagos of 1879‚" including Ned Williamson and Silver Flint of this year's Indianapolis 9‚ lose an exhibition game to the Blues 9-7.

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