» May 20, 1880: Chicago captain Cap Anson begins using hurlers Larry Corcoran and Fred Goldsmith in alternating games, thereby establishing the first "pitching rotation" ever.
» November 6, 1886: The Sporting News publishes the official National League averages, which show King Kelly as the batting champ with a .388 average, 17 points ahead of Cap Anson. The paper previously had printed its own stats showing Anson ahead, .374 to .366.
» February 9, 1889: All-America beats Chicago 106 in the shadow of the Pyramids outside Cairo, and Cap Anson feels compelled to apologize to the Sphinx for his team's poor play.
» January 9, 1892:
Cap Anson is quoted in the New York Clipper as saying that "I don't care if they can't field a little bit. In my experience I have found that a man can be taught to almost stop cannon balls, but it is a very difficult task to teach them to line 'em out."
» January 25, 1895: Cap Anson notes that "nobody likes to see a play made with the aid of gloves." He is of the opinion that only catchers should be permitted the luxury of wearing gloves.
» February 27, 1895: Responding to the complaints of senior citizens like Cap Anson, the National League restricts the size of gloves for all fielders, save catchers and 1B, to 10 ounces, with a maximum circumference of 14 inches around the palm -- in other words, less than 4 1/2 inches across. The NL also rescinds the rule forbidding "intentional discoloring" of the ball, thus allowing players to dirty the baseball to their satisfaction.
» November 15, 1895: Cap Anson makes his stage debut in A Runaway Colt. Aside from forgetting a few lines Anson does quite well.
» January 31, 1898: Cap Anson is fired after 19 years as player-manager of Chicago. Strong-minded Cap, with a record of 1,288 victories and five pennants, was enormously popular in Chicago. Former infielder Tom Burns takes over for Chicago, who are now called the Orphans.
» March 9, 1900:
Bid McPhee, 2B for the Reds for 18 years, retires. ending a career equalled in the 19th century only by Buck Ewing and Cap Anson. His lifetime record of 6,545 putouts is still untopped. McPhee is the last position player to go gloveless.
» May 30, 1913:
As New York beats the Phils, John McGraw joins Fred Clarke, Cap Anson, Frank Selee, and Connie Mack as managers who have won 1,000 games.
» June 9, 1914: At Baker Bowl, Honus Wagner joins Cap Anson as the only members of the 3,000 hit club when collects a 9th-inning double off the Phillies' Erskine Mayer, and scores the Bucs lone run. It comes in Wagner's 2,332nd game. Nap Lajoie will join the club in September. (Later calculations put the date at June 30th or July 4th). Wagner also shows his skills by tricking Hans Lobert to try and take 3B and then tagging him out at 2B; With the Phils up 30, in the 8th he nabs Beals Becker at 2B with a hidden ball trick.
» September 15, 1914: Cleveland's Nap Lajoie strokes his 3,000th hit, a single off Detroit's Pug Cavet, joining Honus Wagner and Cap Anson as the only players to reach that mark.
» January 10, 1918:
Acknowledging that Ty Cobb, Speaker, and Collins are all good ball players, Cap Anson picks his all-time team, leaving them off. In the current issue of TSN, Anson selects, CBuck Ewing and King Kelly; PAmos Rusie, John Clarkson, Jim McCormick; 1B-himself; 2BFred Pfeffer; 3BEd Williamson; SSRoss Barnes; OFBill Lange, George Gore, Jimmy Ryan, and Hugh Duffy.
» May 6, 1925: Ty Cobb belts two more homers, off Dave Danforth and Chester Falk, giving him five round trippers in two days, tying Cap Anson's 1884 feat. His 1st inning single gives him nine straight hits, and two other drives in the game are barely caught. His six RBIs lead the Tigers to a 114 clawing of the Browns. Mickey Cochrane hits his 1st ML home run, off Sam Jones.
» August 31, 1930:
With a chance to pick up a game and a half on the leading Cubs, the Giants edge the Braves 43 in the opener a doubleheader before 40,000 fans at the Polo Grounds. In the 2nd game, Mel Ott hits a double and three consecutive home runs to drive in six runs, but the Braves counter with a homer by George Sisler and two by slugging rookie Wally Berger among their 18 hits. Ott is the 4th major leaguer to hit three straight homers, joining Goose Goslin (August 19, 1930) Carl Reynolds (July 2, 1930), George Kelly (September 17, 1923), and Cap Anson (August 6, 1884). The final score is Boston 14, New York, 10.
» June 19, 1942:
Paul Waner, now with the Braves, joins Cap Anson and Honus Wagner as NL players with 3,000 hits. He hits a single off Pittsburgh's Rip Sewell at Boston.
» October 3, 1991: In the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, Chicago C Carlton Fisk smashes two home runs to lead the White Sox to a 13-12 victory. In doing so, just nine months shy of his 44th birthday, Fisk becomes the oldest 20th century player to hit a pair of 4-baggers in the same game. His 7th inning grand slam off Steve Bedrosian also makes him the oldest major leaguer ever to hit a bases loaded homer. Cap Anson, at 45, clubbed two homers on this date in 1897: he's the oldest to hit a pair.
» April 2, 2001:
The Giants Livan Hernandez beats the Padres, 32, with relief help from Robb Nen, who K's the side in the 9th. Barry Bonds homers for the Giants. Tony Gwynn's 8th inning RBI-single is his 3,110th hit, tying him with Dave Winfield. With his start today, Gwynn becomes the 5th player in NL history to spend 20+ years while playing his entire career with one team. The others are: Cap Anson: 1871-97 Cubs (5 years in the NA); Mel Ott: 1926-47 Giants; Stan Musial: 1941-44, 1946-63 Cardinals; Willie Stargell: 1962-82 Pirates.