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Jul 15, 2000 - A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball club is auctioned for a record $1.1 million on eBay. Other high priced items in the auction include a baseball autographed by the entire 1919 Chicago ``Black Sox" team including Shoeless Joe Jackson as well as the umpires who worked the final game of the 1919 World Series sells for $93666 including a 15 percent buyer's premium. A ball signed by the 1919 Reds goes for $11208 while a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth sells for $76020. A contract from Shoeless Joe Jackson's sale of his Chicago pool hall to teammate `Lefty'' Williams sells for $36098. The contract dated Oct. 6 1921 is for just $1.
Sep 4, 1991 - Lou Gehrig's 1938 Yankee road uniform brings $220000 at a memorabilia auction in San Francisco becoming the most expensive non-card sports memorabilia item ever sold. A Honus Wagner card goes for $125500 while an autographed Gehrig bat sells for $47500.
Mar 22, 1991 - At Sotheby's in New York a 1909-10 tobacco card in mint condition of Honus Wagner sells for $451000 (with the 10% auction house premium) to hockey star Wayne Gretzky and LA Kings owner Bruce McNall. A 1952 Topps card of Mickey Mantle goes for $49500 tripling the pre-auction estimate while a baseball signed by 12 players at the 1939 Hall of Fame induction ceremony sells for $20900.
Jun 13, 1980 - Pete Rose goes 4-for-5 to move past Honus Wagner into 5th place on the all-time hit list with 3431. Philadelphia starts the game with 7 consecutive hits-5 off starter and loser Randy Jones-and goes on to beat San Diego 9-6. Dick Ruthvan is the winner.
Aug 5, 1979 - The Phillies beat the Pirates 12-8 in the first game of a doubleheader. Philadelphia's Greg Luzinski and Pittsburgh's John Milner each hit a grand slam and Rose collects his 2427th career single to break Honus Wagner's NL record.
May 19, 1962 - Stan Musial gets hit number 3431 to break Honus Wagner's recognized NL record of 3430 (since revised to 3418) as St. Louis downs the Dodgers 8-1. Musial's 9th-inning single comes off Ron Perranoski.
May 30, 1945 - Before the biggest Wrigley crowd-42565 paid-in 7 years the Giants top the host Cubs 8-6 in the opener and Mel Ott passes Honus Wagner's career total of 4888 total bases to set an NL record. Wagner's has since been adjusted to 4868 and both players' totals have been passed. Slim Emmerich is the winner over Ray Prim. The Cubs take the nitecap 11-2 behind Bob Chipman's 3-hit win over Bill Voiselle. Andy Pafko clouts a 3-run homer in the 3rd. It's Voiselle's 2nd straight pounding after winning his first 8 games.
Aug 4, 1944 - In Philadelphia 29166 ignore a transit strike and jam Shibe Park to help Connie Mack celebrate his 50th anniversary as manager of the A's. Even the Yankees 1-0 win doesn't diminish the enthusiasm of the evening. Mack receives a check for $5000 as well as other gifts. On hand are members of Connie Mack's All Time All Star team each of whom he called to the center of the diamond. These include George Sisler Eddie Collins Frank Baker Honus Wagner Lt. Bill Dickey Lefty Grove (introduced by Mack as "Groves") Walter Johnson Tris Speaker Babe Ruth and Al Simmons. Ty Cobb and Lt. Commander Mickey Cochrane two members of Mack's club did not appear. In the pre-game Abbott and Costello dressed in uniforms of the A's and Yankees respectively take batting practice. The Yankees score on a fumble in the 9th to beat Bob Newsom. Hank Borowy wins his 14th.
Jun 19, 1942 - At Forbes Field Paul Waner now with the Boston Braves joins Cap Anson and Honus Wagner as the only NL players with 3000 hits with a single off Rip Sewell. Two days earlier Waner's grounder bounced off an infielder's glove and had been ruled a hit. Waner who did not want his 3000th hit to be a tainted one signaled to the scorekeeper that it was an error and the ruling was changed. Bob Elliott hits 2 HRs to help the Pirates win 7-6 in 11 innings.
Apr 2, 1942 - Publisher A.J. Spink‚ in TSN‚ reports on the result of a poll of 100 former major leaguers and managers as to who their choice is as best player of all time. Ty Cobb is the overwhelming pick‚ getting 60 of the votes cast. The remaining 42 votes are divided among 14 players: Honus Wagner (17): Babe Ruth (11); and Rogers Hornsby and Ross Youngs (2 votes each). The following players each received one vote: Lou Gehrig‚ Ed Delahanty‚ Tris Speaker‚ Joe DiMaggio‚ Mel Ott‚ George Sisler‚ Eddie Collins‚ Christy Mathewson‚ Walter Johnson‚ and Jerry Denny. Among those who reveal they voted for Cobb are Speaker‚ Collins‚ Sisler‚ Johnson‚ Al Simmons‚ Connie Mack‚ and Jack Coombs.
Jun 12, 1939 - The greatest gathering of members and future inductees of the Baseball Hall of Fame assembles in Cooperstown NY for the dedication of the museum. A 6-inning game at Doubleday Field showcases lineups studded with players who will be elected in the future. Honus Wagner's lineup defeats Eddie Collins' squad 4-2. Babe Ruth Ty Cobb Honus Wagner Walter Johnson Grover Alexander Nap Lajoie George Sisler Eddie Collins Tris Speaker Cy Young and Connie Mack accept their plaques. Cobb angry at Commissioner Landis shows up after the ceremony and photo taking to accept his plaque. Other inductees all deceased include Cap Anson Charles Comiskey Candy Cummings Buck Ewing Hoss Radbourn Al Spalding and Wee Willie Keeler.
Feb 2, 1936 - The baseball writers vote for the first players to be named to the new Baseball Hall of Fame. Ty Cobb Babe Ruth Honus Wagner Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson each receive the requisite 75 percent of ballots cast. Active players also are eligible in this first election with Hornsby finishing 9th Cochrane 10th Gehrig 15th and Foxx 19th. Tainted former star Hal Chase receives 11 votes for 25th place and Joe Jackson has 2 votes to tie for 36th place.
Sep 3, 1933 - At Cincinnati the Reds clip the Pirates 9-3 the first loss for the Bucs in 9 games. The Pirates now trail the Giants by 8 games. Red Lucas goes all the way for the win as the Reds shell rookie Ralph Birkofer. After the game Edd Roush's old-timers defeat Buck Herzog's Nine 8-5 called after 5 innings on account of "tiredness." Ninety three old timers turn out and about half take a turn at the plate. Roush's squad includes Pat Duncan Larry Kopf Bill Rariden and Rube Bressler all stars on the Reds 1919 team. Donie Bush and Honus Wagner are the shortstops.
Apr 20, 1930 - In today's issue of the Chicago Tribune writer Irwin Howe names his all-time all-star team based on his 42 years of observing baseball: Babe Ruth RF; Tris Speaker CF; Ty Cobb LF; Cap Anson 1B; Eddie Collins 2B; Honus Wagner SS; Pie Traynor 3B; Ray Schalk C; Cy Young P; Walter Johnson P.
Jun 6, 1925 - Fred Clarke and Honus Wagner are in the lineup of a 1901 Pirates team that plays a brief game as part of Golden Jubilee Day in Pittsburgh. A week later Clarke will join the Pirates as assistant to the president a move that will lead to a player revolt in which heads roll and pennants are lost.
May 30, 1922 - George Burns now a member of the Reds steals home against the Pirates in the 3rd on the front end of a double steal with Greasy Neale. It is his 28th career steal of home and gives him a new NL record formerly held by Honus Wagner. The Reds win the opener 9-3 then lose game 2 7-3 to Johnny Morrison.
Sep 17, 1917 - At Boston the Braves whip the Pirates 4-1. Honus Wagner makes his last appearance of the year and is pinch hit for by Bill Wanger. Wanger strikes out. Wagner has played sparingly since being spiked by Stengel on July 14; at the Polo Grounds on August 29 he played SS the only game of the year at that position.
Jun 30, 1917 - Pirates manager Jimmy Callahan is fired after his team goes 20-40. Popular star Honus Wagner is named field manager with Hugo Bezdek to take over the team's business affairs. As his first order of business Wagner guides to Bucs to a 5-4 win over the Reds contributing a 2-run double as well.
Jun 6, 1917 - With the Pirates in last place, Honus Wagner ends his retirement and signs with the team to play 1B. Wagner sends a telegram stating: “Finding the call of baseball too strong to resist I desire to continue to play the game I love and to which I owe all I posses, and I hereby petition the National Commission to grant my request for reinstatement so that I may play with my old club tomorrow.”
Sep 14, 1916 - Four days after his first appearance Pirate rookie Burleigh Grimes makes his first start against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Brooklyn breaks a scoreless tie with 2 runs in the 7th after Honus Wagner flubs a DP grounder hit by Casey Stengel. Wagner who ostensibly had told the rookie to have Stengel hit the ball to short reportedly says "Those damn big feet of mine have always been in my way (Okrent & Wulf)." Pittsburgh scores 2 in the 8th to tie but pitcher Larry Cheney hits a run-scoring double in the bottom of the 9th to win it for Brooklyn.
Jun 16, 1916 - Long Tom Hughes of the Braves pitches a no-hitter over the Pirates 6 years after pitching a 9-inning no-hitter for the Yanks before losing 5-0 to Cleveland in 11. Today he wins 2-0 striking out Honus Wagner for the 2nd time to end the game.
Apr 12, 1916 - In St. Louis the Cardinals open with a 2-1 win over the Pirates Erv Kantlehner. "Spitting Bill" Doak scatters six hits-three by Honus Wagner-and SS Rogers Hornsby drives in both runs for St. Louis.
Jul 29, 1915 - At 41 Honus Wagner becomes the oldest player in this century to hit a grand slam when he connects in Pittsburgh in the drizzling rain. It is inside the park against Jeff Pfeffer of Brooklyn in an 8-2 win. The record will stand until Tony Perez hits a grand slam on May 13 1985 one day short of his 43rd birthday. Pfeffer is also caught off 1B when RF Hinchman nabs a Myer's line drive and makes an unassisted DP.
Jun 20, 1915 - In a 13-inning 4-3 win over the Phillies Honus Wagner cracks his 100th ML homer. He is the first to reach that number. Wagner who hit his first homer in 1897 for Louisville now has 3131 hits according to the Boston Globe.
Oct 2, 1914 - Phil Douglas gives up just one hit-a single to Honus Wagner-but 2 walks and 2 errors in the 8th are his undoing. The Reds lose 2-1 to the Pirates. For Wagner it is the 3rd game in his career where he's had the only hit. This is the 3rd one-hit loss this year; two occurred in July.
Jul 17, 1914 - At Forbes Field, Rube Marquard and Babe Adams each go a marathon 21 innings before Larry Doyle’s 2-run HR gives the Giants a 3–1 win over the Pirates. Adams yields no walks and 12 hits, the longest non-walk game in ML history. Marquard walks 2 (one intentional) and yields 15 hits. In the 6th, Honus Wagner goes from first to 3B on a hit by Jim Viox. When New York CF Bob Bescher throws to 3B Milt Stock, the ball bounces out of his hands and disappears. Wagner scores before it's discovered that the ball bounced up under his arm and stayed there as he ran home. Wagner is called out for interference, and the Bucs protest. Manager Fred Clarke is then ejected by umpire Bill "Lord" Byron. Legend provides a fitting ending to this unusual game as Giants OF Red Murray is knocked unconscious by a bolt of lightning after catching a ﬂy ball for the final out. Murray is uninjured. This is an expanded tale based on Murray’s catch in an August 1909 game. Marquard's win is his last in 1914. He will lose 10 straight on his way to a 12–22 record.
Jun 9, 1914 - At Baker Bowl Honus Wagner joins Cap Anson as the only members of the 3000 hit club when collects a 9th-inning double off the Phillies Erskine Mayer and scores the Bucs lone run in a 3-1 loss.. It comes in Wagner's 2332nd game. Lajoie will join the club in September. (Later calculations put the date at June 30th or July 4th). Wagner shows skills by tricking Beals Becker to try and take 3B and then tagging him out; with the Phils up 3-0 in the 8th he nabs Becker at 2B with a hidden ball trick.
Sep 10, 1913 - Honus Wagner is given a souvenir bat carved from a piece of wood taken from naval hero Oliver Perry's flagship Niagara which was sunk in Lake Erie 100 years before. The Giants then sink the Pirates 5-2. Pittsburgh pitcher George McQuillan is thrown out at first base after lining a one-hopper to New York RF Red Murray.
Aug 22, 1912 - Before a sellout crowd of 27000 at Forbes Field the Pirates sweep two from the Giants winning 3-2 and 8-6. Howie Camnitz outpitches Mathewson in the opener and Rube Marquard taking the loss in the nitecap. The Bucs are led by Honus Wagner who goes 3-for-4 in the first game and hits for the cycle in the nitecap. Honus' 7 hits total 14 bases he scores 5 runs drives in 4 and swipes 2 bases. Wagner will hit 7 homers this season with 3 coming off Rube.
Jul 31, 1912 - A day after the Braves went 14 innings to beat St. Louis they go 19 innings with the Pirates. Lefty Otto Hess going all the way for Boston. The Pirates score 3 in the 19th and the Braves come back with 2 losing 7-6. Honus Wagner who earlier stole home drives in the final run for Pittsburgh. Wagner at 38 is the oldest player in the NL.
May 22, 1912 - In an attempt to shake up the team the Pirates send veteran Tommy Leach and pitcher Lefty Leifield to Chicago for 29-year-old Solly Hofman and pitcher King Cole. Cole 40-13 in 2+ years of pitching will be a no show eventually pitching in just 17 games for Pittsburgh before ending his career with the Highlanders. The trade breaks up one of the great trios of Honus Wagner Fred Clarke and Leach. The 3 first played together in 1899 at Louisville and in their 13 years together won 4 league championships and one WS.
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.
Oct 15, 1911 - In an exhibition game in New York Honus Wagner Walter Johnson Gabby Street and other white major leaguers take on the Lincoln Giants a star-studded black team featuring Pop Lloyd Dick McClelland and Louis Santop. Johnson K's 14 to give the white all-stars a 5-3 win.
Sep 16, 1911 - At Forbes Field Rube Marquard with relief from Mathewson beats the Pirates 6-2. Before the game the Giants mascot Victory Faust strikes out Honus Wagner on three pitches to the delight of the 20000 fans.
Aug 16, 1911 - At Brooklyn Honus Wagner suffers a serious ankle injury rounding first in the first inning. He will miss 13 games play one at first base then miss another 12. With Wagner out the Pirates will lose 8 of 13 and drop out of the race.
Jun 5, 1911 - In Pittsburgh Pete Alexander tops the Pirates 5-4 in the 10th with the Phils winning run scoring on a fumble by Honus Wagner. Pirate Tommy Leach also helps the Phils by losing a fly ball in the sun that drops for a triple. Rookie star Alexander pitching in his 100th inning commits a balk the only balk he'll make in his career of 5088.2 innings.
May 30, 1911 - After one day at the top the Cubs drop to 3rd as the Pirates sweep a pair from Chicago winning 1-0 and 4-1. But the first game is protested by Chicago presumably for batting out of order and the protest will later be upheld. All the records including Babe Adams 4-hit shutout (he'll still lead the NL with 7) and Honus Wagner's hitless game are tossed. Thanks to the successful protest Wagner will end the season at a league-leading .334 one point ahead of Dots Miller. In the afternoon contest Howie Camnitz tops Ed Reulbach who is drilled for 6 hits and all 4 runs in two innings. Wagner has a pair of hits in the nitecap.
May 11, 1911 - Against a coasting Grover Alexander the Pirates rally for 6 hits and 7 runs in the 9th inning but fall far short as the Phillies win 19-10. Honus Wagner is 1-for-2 before being tossed by umpire Bill Finneran.
Aug 22, 1910 - At Forbes Field the Pirates beat up on the new cork-center ball. Three HRs are hit by pitcher Howie Camnitz Vin Campbell and Honus Wagner against the Phillies in the fourth inning of game two. Camnitz's pop is the only one of his career. Old pro Wagner is 7-for-7 with 2 homers during the doubleheader sweep including 3 doubles to go with his homer in the nitecap. The Bucs win 6-5 and 8-4.
Oct 8, 1909 - The Pirates winners of 110 games face Detroit in the WS which pits the 2 leagues' top offensive stars Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb. It is the first of three times that batting champs will face each other in the WS (Al Simmons and Chick Hafey in 1931: Bobby Avila and Willie Mays in 1954 are the others) Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke starts 27-year-old rookie righthander Babe Adams against Tigers P George Mullin. There are only 11 hits in the game but one is a HR by Clarke and the Pirates win 4-1 before a crowd of 29264.
May 30, 1909 - The Pirates come from behind to beat Chicago 5-4 in the first game of a DH. In the nitecap Honus Wagner breaks up a 2-2 tie with a 9th inning double off Jack Pfiester and the Pirates prevail 4-2. Pittsburgh now leads the Cubs by 2 games and will not lose for another 13 games.
May 2, 1909 - Honus Wagner steals his away around the bases in the first inning of the nitecap against Chicago It is the 3rd time he has performed this feat an NL record. The Pirates take both games in Chicago winning 5-2 and 6-0 swiping 2 bases in the opener and 6 steals in first inning of the nitecap.
Apr 23, 1909 - In the 6th inning of the Reds-Pirates game in Pittsburgh Honus Wagner steps across the plate to the other batter's box as Reds P Harry Gaspar delivers the ball. Umpire Bill Klem refuses to call him out. The Pirates win 2-1 but Reds manager Clark Grif?th protests and acting NL president Heydler backs Klem. But the league will override Heydler and Klem and order the game replayed September 20th. The Pirates will win again by a score of 4-3.
Oct 2, 1908 - The Pirates take over first by a half game by sweeping the Cardinals in St; Louis. Lefty Leifield wins the opener 7-4 and Howie Camnitz wins the nitecap 2-1 on homers by Honus Wagner and George Gibson. Only 2 points separate New York Chicago and Pittsburgh as each team takes a turn on top during the final week.
Jul 25, 1908 - Before an overflow crowd of 30000 in New York the Pirates Lefty Leifield tops the Giants and Christy Mathewson 7-2. The loss drops New York to 3rd place. Two errors by Larry Doyle-he'll add another-in the 7th open the gates for 5 Pirate runs. Pittsburgh is lead by Honus Wagner who goes 5-for-5 to take over the batting lead from a hitless Mike Donlin. After each hit Wagner holds up a finger to show the number of safeties to the RF Donlin.
Jul 21, 1908 - According to a Chicago newspaper contest the Giants' Mike Donlin the NL's leading hitter is baseball's most popular player. Turkey Mike tops Honus Wagner by a wide margin and will be awarded a trophy cup. Donlin was involved in a car accident on the 18th when the car he was riding in on Michigan Avenue collided with another vehicle driven by Chicago Mayor Busse.
Jul 17, 1908 - It is Honus Wagner Day in Pittsburgh as players from both teams line up to pay homage. Wagner's tribute was originally scheduled for the 16th but Honus asked that it be moved a day so it would not conflict with the annual benefit picnic for orphans. Wagner is presented with a $700 gold watch. Pittsburgh beats Boston 4-0 to cut the Giants lead to a half game over the Bucs.
Jul 8, 1908 - Despite 5 hits by Honus Wagner the host Pirates drop a doubleheader to their cross-state rivals the Phillies 4-1 and 8-5. They will split the next two games but lose Deacon Phillippe for the year when he is hit on his pitching hand by a Red Dooin line drive.
Jun 24, 1908 - Honus Wagner does it all today smacking a home run and double then breaking a 3-3 tie with an 8th inning single. He ends his scoring with a steal of home as the Pirates win 5-3 over the Reds.
Jun 22, 1908 - Honus Wagner gets hit No. 2000 in the 8th against Jake Weimer of the Reds who wins 4-0 over the Pirates. Wagner makes an error when he is struck on the finger in the 1st inning. For the Reds it is their 4th shutout in 5 games.
May 11, 1908 - In Pittsburgh Honus Wagner leads the Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Giants with a triple 2 walks 2 runs and 2 RBI. His delayed break to 2nd allows Fred Clarke to score the 5th run on the front end of a double steal.
Apr 16, 1908 - Pittsburgh's Sam Leever tosses a 3-hit shutout over the Cardinals as Pittsburgh sweeps the 3-game series. But the big news for the Pirates is the signing of Honus Wagner for another year. The star SS ends his holdout and will play on the 19th in a 4-3 loss to the Reds.
Mar 16, 1908 - Pittsburgh's Honus Wagner 34 announces his retirement. An annual rite of spring it will not keep him from playing in 151 games more than in any of the past 10 years and leading the league in hitting (for the 6th time) hits total bases doubles triples RBI and stolen bases. He will miss the Triple Crown by hitting 2 fewer HRs than Tim Jordan's 12.
Sep 24, 1907 - 25th. Pittsburgh's Honus Wagner steals four bases including 2B 3B and home in the 2nd inning against the Giants. Not to be outdone his teammate Fred Clark also swipes 4 bases for the only time in his career. The Pirates blow out the Giants 14-1.
Aug 23, 1907 - The Pirates top the Giants 4-2 in 10 innings then win the 2nd game 1-0 when Howie Camnitz spins a 5-inning no-hitter. The Bucs score when Ed Abbaticchio singles home Honus Wagner who had singled and stolen 2B. The Giants also lose Frank Bowerman hit on the head by Jack Camnitz pitch. The doctors predict that the burly catcher will miss the season but he is back in action in 3 days.
Jun 20, 1906 - At Exposition Park Honus Wagner clubs one of the longest hits in park history but only makes it to 3B. Rounding first he is clipped by 1B Kid Gleason and Wagner limps his way to a triple. A courtesy pinch runner Harry Smith scores for the Pirates on a fly. The Giants generously allow Wagner to return to SS in the game a 15-2 win for Pittsburgh but the injury will force him to miss 3 games.
May 19, 1906 - After managing the first 3 games from the bench Fred Clarke leaves town to attend to his injured right shoulder Honus Wagner skippers the Pirates to a 5-1 to over the Giants. The Bucs are now 5 1/2 games in back of Chicago.
May 18, 1906 - Christy Mathewson weakened from a bout of diphtheria is pounded for 14 hits by the Pirates and loses 7-6. Honus Wagner paces the attack with 2 singles and a triple and also picks off Bill Dahlen off 2B in the 9th inning with the hidden ball trick. Dahlen intently watching Lefty Leifeld on the mound misses Wagner who gently touches him with the ball. McGraw is so furious with Dahlen that he slaps him with a $100 fine later rescinded (according to Bill Deane). The Pirates have now won 3 in a row from New York.
Oct 4, 1905 - Just one point apart in the batting race on the final day of the 1905 season, Cincinnati Reds centerfielder Cy Seymour and Pittsburgh PiratesPittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner played against each other in a doubleheader. Seymour entered the last day of the season with a league leading .365 average and Wagner was in second place batting .364. A very good day at the plate for Honus combined with a poor one for Cy would have reversed their positions. Seymour had four hits in seven attempts to end up with the National League batting championship (.377) while Wagner collected two for seven to end up in second place.(.363) A newspaper account of the day stated "...10,000 were more interested in the batting achievements of Wagner and Seymour than the games...cheer upon cheers greeted the mighty batsmen upon each appearance at the plate..."
Oct 4, 1905 - Just one point apart in the batting race on the final day of the 1905 season, Cincinnati Reds centerfielder Cy Seymour and Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner played against each other in a doubleheader. Seymour entered the last day of the season with a league leading .365 average and Wagner was in second place batting .364. A very good day at the plate for Honus combined with a poor one for Cy would have reversed their positions. Seymour had four hits in seven attempts to end up with the National League batting championship (.377) while Wagner collected two for seven to end up in second place.(.363) A newspaper account of the day stated "...10,000 were more interested in the batting achievements of Wagner and Seymour than the games...cheer upon cheers greeted the mighty batsmen upon each appearance at the plate..."
Sep 25, 1905 - After losing 3 in Chicago the Giants open a critical series in Pittsburgh by winning 10-4 behind Mathewson's 30th victory. The Giants score 5 runs in the 1st inning on just one hit. Deacon Phillippe hits a record-tying 3 batters in the frame and Honus Wagner adds a throwing error. New York now leads by 6 1/2 games.
Sep 12, 1905 - Cards pitcher Jack Taylor allows just three Pirate hits-all by Honus Wagner-and teammate Harry Arndt swipes home in the bottom of the 9th to give St. Louis a 2-1 victory. Wagner will spoil two more no hitters by collecting the only hits: against Art Fromme on May 27 1911 and facing Phil Douglas on October 2 1914.
Aug 2, 1905 - At Pittsburgh the Giants win their 13th game in a row beating the Pirates 3-1 to take a 10 1/2 lead over the Pirates. Mathewson is the winner over Deacon Phillippe. Bucs star Honus Wagner is thrown out at first in the 4th inning on a close play then shows his displeasure by firing a ball near umpire George Bausewine during warmups the next inning. Bausewine responds by thumbing Honus out of the game. Wagner will be suspended for 3 games and fined $40.
Jul 15, 1905 - In New York the Giants open a four-game series the 2nd place Pirates by staking McGinnity to a 6-0 lead. But the Bucs score 2 in the 6th and 5 runs in the 7th inning before Iron Joe is lifted. Mathewson shuts out Pittsburgh over the last 2 2/3 inning and New York scores a deuce in the 9th on a 2-run homer by George Browne. Browne is carried off the field by the ecstatic fans after the 8-7 win. Pittsburgh takes the nitecap 3-0 behind Deacon Phillippe's four-hitter. Honus Wagner secures the victory with a 2-run homer onto the elevated tracks in the 8th inning.
May 8, 1905 - In the 2-1 Pirate win over the Reds at Pittsburgh OF Otis Clymer gets into a fight with Reds 1B Cliff Blankenship. The bad feelings started several days ago when Blankenship bumped Honus Wagner on the basepaths and Clymer tried to retaliate by spiking Blankenship at 1B today. Blankenship twice punches Clymer as both are tossed from the game. The first sacker is pelted with bottles and a thrown knife by fans.
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.
Jun 10, 1904 - It is Ladies Day in Boston and the Pirates start Patsy Flaherty recently re-acquired from the White Sox where he led the AL in losses in 1903 (25). Patsy wins his first start with the help of Honus Wagner who is 3-for-5 with two doubles three runs and two steals.
Oct 6, 1903 - A travel day and rainout enable Phillippe to pitch and win again 5-4 before 7600 at Pittsburgh. Boston rallies for three runs in the 9th but it is not enough. Ginger Beaumont and Honus Wagner have 3 hits but Honus will manage just .222 for the WS.
Jun 27, 1903 - The Pirates crush 15 hits off Iron Joe McGinnity including 4 hits by Honus Wagner but it takes the Bucs 11 innings to cut down the Giants. In the Pirates' next game on the 30th against Brooklyn Wagner will collect another 4 hits.
Jun 6, 1903 - In a rain-shortened 6-inning game the Pirates keep their whitewash streak alive at 5 games as Deacon Phillippe shuts out the 6th-place Beaneaters 4-0. The game ends after Honus Wagner leads off with a triple in the 7th inning a hit that stays in the record books according to the rules.
Jun 2, 1903 - With Honus Wagner filling in for ailing manager Fred Clarke reportedly recuperating from a nervous breakdown the Pirates beat the Giants 7-0. Deacon Phillippe goes all the way striking out 8 batters including the side in the 5th. Wagner is 3-for-5 for the Buccaneers. Frank Bowerman is tossed out for protesting calls.
May 7, 1903 - For the 2nd time in his career Fred Clarke hits for the cycle and adds a walk sacrifice and stolen base but the effort comes up short as the Reds beat the Pirates 10-8. The Pirates also lose Honus Wagner after a play at 2B with Reds infielder Jack Morrissey. When Wagner threatens to punch Morrissey umpire Bug Holliday restrains him and the two clinch. Wagner is suspended for 3 games.
Apr 24, 1903 - Against the Pirates the Cardinals go into the 9th with a 7-6 lead in part due to three errors by SS Honus Wagner. Honus atones for the miscues by tripling in the 9th and scoring on a Kitty Bransfield single. With 2 outs in the 11th Wagner walks steals 2B and scores the winner on another Kitty bingle and the Bucs win 7-6. Wagner finishes with 2 triples among his 4 hits 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.
Aug 13, 1902 - In the 2nd game of a doubleheader in Boston Pirate Honus Wagner steals 2B 3B and home in the 7th inning. Wagner also did it in 1899. Pittsburgh splits losing 8-6 and then winning 6-1.
Apr 27, 1902 - Cubs rookie lefthanded pitcher Jim St. Vrain batting righthanded at the urging of manager Selee grounds to Pittsburgh SS Honus Wagner. But then the confused St. Vrain runs toward 3B as the astonished Wagner throws him out at 1B. Pittsburgh wins 2-0 as Deacon Phillippe is the winner. The Pirate infield records all the putouts with 16 made at 1B. The Cubs now return to Chicago for a 25-game homestand.
Dec 8, 1899 - Louisville president Barney Dreyfuss is transferring to the Pittsburgh club (of which he is part owner) most of his top stars‚ including player-manager Fred Clarke‚ Honus Wagner‚ Claude Ritchey‚ Tommy Leach‚ Rube Waddell‚ and Deacon Phillippe. Louisville is a likely candidate in the reduction of NL franchises from 12 to 8.
Aug 1, 1899 - In a game between the Colonels and the Giants in Louisville Honus Wagner steals 2B 3B and home in the 4th inning. He is the first to accomplish this under the rule change of 1898 that differentiates between advanced bases and stolen bases.
Jul 30, 1899 - The Colonels' Honus Wagner hits 2 inside-the-park home runs in the 2nd game of a twin victory over Cleveland at Louisville. The Colonels win 9-2 and 16-13 over the hapless Spiders now 15-74.
Jun 30, 1899 - At Louisville the Phillies score 10 runs in the last 3 innings to beat the Colonels 13-9. The Colonels outhit the visitors 16-13 with Honus Wagner collecting 4 hits. The Colonels also sell pitcher Bill Magee (3-7) to the Phillies for $3250. He go 3-5 for the Quakers and they will release him August 20.
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.
May 17, 1899 - Honus Wagner is 3-for-5 against the Cleveland Spiders but Louisville loses when Wagner is doubled off 2nd base to end the game. Honus forgot how many outs there and did not get back to the base in time. Cleveland OF Louis Sockalexis is fined in police court for public intoxication. The club releases him and he signs with Hartford of the Eastern League.
Apr 25, 1899 - Louisville 3B Honus Wagner has his 2nd 4-for-4 game in 11 days as he hits 2 HRs the 2nd winning the game the 9th over host Pittsburgh 2-1. He'll have another 4-for-4 game on May 3. The Colonels sell Nick Altrock to Grand Rapids.
Apr 14, 1899 - On Opening Day Chicago gives P Clark Grif?th plenty of batting support and the Orphans defeat Louisville 15-1 Chicago's biggest opening day margin ever. Griffith allows 8 hits including four to Honus Wagner and collects a single and a triple. Outfield star Jimmy Ryan is feted before the game and Chicago fans present Ryan with a gold watch.
Oct 16, 1898 - In a throwing contest at Louisville's League Park Honus Wagner hurls a baseball 403 feet 8 inches to beat the record (400' 7 1/2") set by the Mutuals' John Hatfield in 1872. Wagner's distance throw will in some histories be topped by Larry LeJeune who will throw for 435 feet on October 3 1907. The 1908 Reach record book puts LeJeune's toss at 399 feet 10 1/4 inches which he accomplished on September 10 1907.
Jul 28, 1898 - Louisville star Honus Wagner leads the Colonels to their 8th straight win by hitting his first grand-slam HR and driving in 5 runs. Louisville pins the 6-4 loss on New York ace Amos Rusie. Despite the streak the Colonels are just 32-55.
Apr 21, 1898 - Chicago's Clark Griffith stops the heavy-hitting Louisville Colonels 8-2 allowing just two hits-by Honus Wagner and Doc Nance. Bert Cunningham allows 9 hits in the loss including a homer by Barry McCormick.
Apr 15, 1898 - At Louisville's League Park an estimated 10000 fans crowd the opener to watch the home team beat Pittsburgh 10-3. Louisville is led by Fred Clarke 3 singles and Honus Wagner's two singles. Officiating on the bases as the NL introduces a two-umpire system is John Heydler.
Aug 27, 1897 - In a 9-4 loss Louisville rookie Honus Wagner hits his first ML homer driving a Jack Dunn pitch over the RF fence at Brooklyn's Eastern Park. Dunn will later achieve fame as the owner of the Baltimore Orioles when he signs Babe Ruth to a contract.