» May 25, 1899: In just his 7th big league game, Deacon Phillippe of Louisville tosses a 7–0 no-hitter against the Giants. He walks three batters but will become baseball's best control pitcher with a career average of 1.25 bases on balls per game. The Colonels collect just four hits off Ed Doheny in scoring their seven runs.
» December 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, Hans 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.
» May 9, 1901:
The Pirates beat Chicago, 8-1 as Deacon Phillippe tops Jock Menefee. It is the 8th game in nine days between the two teams, half in Pittsburgh and the last four in Chicago.
» July 24, 1901: In a baseball rarity, the Pittsburgh Pirates score in every inning, a major-league record of course, defeating the Reds 11-2. Deacon Phillippe is the winner over Jesse Tannehill.
» September 27, 1901:
Behind Deacon Phillippe, Pittsburgh defeats the Superbas, 5-4, to clinch the NL pennant. Except for a few hours on July 4, the Pirates have been in 1st place since June 15.
» April 17, 1902:
The Pirates edge St. Louis, 1-0. when Tommy Leach scores in the 3rd inning. Deacon Phillippe, on his way to his 4th 20-game season in a row, is the winner. Going the other way, Stan Yerkes loses his 1st of 20.
» April 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.
» April 16, 1903: The Reds open the season before 12,000 fans and lose to the Pirates, 7–1, the first of four straight losses to the Bucs. Deacon Phillippe allows just two Cincy hits for the win.
» May 6, 1903:
The Pirates Deacon Phillippe, en route to 25 wins, lets one get away when the Cubs score nine runs on nine hits in the top of the 9th for an 11-4 triumph at Exposition Park. Dick Harley leads off the 9th with a single, the first hit off Phillippe since the 2nd inning. Doc Casey drills a bases-loaded single to make the score 6-4, and Evers follows with a two-run triple. The scoring ends when Chance is forced at 2B. Jack Taylor is the winner, the 3rd time in 11 days he's beaten the Bucs.
» June 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 eight batters, including the side in the 5th. Wagner is 3-for-5 for the Buccaneers. Frank Bowerman is tossed out for protesting calls.
» June 6, 1903: In a rain-shortened 6-inning game, the Pirates keep their whitewash streak alive at five 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.
» June 11, 1903: Following a win by Ed Doheny, Pittsburgh gets back on the shut out track when Deacon Phillippe throws his 3rd straight whitewash, defeating Brooklyn, 9-0. His batterymate Ed Phelps is 3-for-3 with a stolen base: as noted by Joe Elinich, Phils' manager Chief Zimmer calls Phelps, "the best catcher in the game" and "a coming star."
» August 20, 1903: The NL-leading Pirates set an NL mark for inept fielding, making six errors in the first inning, giving the Giants seven runs toward a 13-7 win in the first of two games. Christy Mathewson, with relief in the 6th inning, coasts to his 23rd win. Deacon Phillippe wins the nitecap, 4-1, for the Pirates to keep the Giants five games in back.
» October 1, 1903: The first modern World Series game, also called "Championship of the United States," is played at Boston's Huntington Street park before 16,242. Deacon Phillippe pitches Pittsburgh to a 7–3 win over Cy Young. Pittsburgh RF Jimmy Sebring hits the first home run and adds three other hits. 3B Tommy Leach has four hits, including two triples for the Pirates and winds up with four three-baggers, a Series record.
» October 3, 1903: Deacon Phillippe comes back on one day's rest to beat Boston 4–2 before 18,801, the biggest crowd of the Series. Jimmy Collins has half the Boston hits with a single and double.
» October 13, 1903: An overworked Deacon Phillippe pitches his 5th complete game of the Series, losing to Bill Dinneen 3–0. Only 7,455, the smallest crowd of the Series, see Boston win the championship. Deacon's five decisions and 44 IP are still World Series records, as are his starting two straight World Series games, twice Hobe Ferriss' 4th inning single drives in the first of two runs in the inning.
» October 15, 1903: With Pirates owner Dreyfuss putting his club's $6,699.56 gate receipts into the players' pool, the 16 Pirates receive $1,316 each, more than the victorious Boston players' $1,182. Deacon Phillippe receives a bonus and 10 shares of stock in the Pirates for his heroic efforts.
» July 15, 1905: In New York, the Giants open a four-game series the 2nd place Pirates by staking Joe McGinnity to a 6-0 lead. But the Bucs score two in the 6th and five runs in the 7th inning before Iron Joe is lifted. Christy Mathewson shuts out Pittsburgh over the last two 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.
» August 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. Christy 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 three games and fined $40.
» August 21, 1905: The Giants run past the Pirates, 10–2, with Christy Mathewson defeating Deacon Phillippe. New York swipes five bases including a steal of home by Art Devlin.
» September 3, 1905: Pittsburgh's Deacon Phillippe and Chicago's Bob Wicker hook up in an 10-inning scoreless duel, each allowing just three hits, before Chicago pushes across a run to win. In the nitecap, Lefty Leifield makes his ML debut and fires a 1-0 win over Chicago in a game stopped after six innings.
» September 25, 1905: After losing three in Chicago, the Giants open a critical series in Pittsburgh by winning, 10-4 behind Christy Mathewson's 30th victory. The Giants score five runs in the 1st inning on just one hit. Deacon Phillippe hits a record-tying three batters in the frame and Honus Wagner adds a throwing error. New York now leads by six 1/2 games.
» July 25, 1906: In Pittsburgh, Christy Mathewson salvages the final game in the 4-game series by shutting out the Pirates, 3-0. Matty allows eight hits in beating Deacon Phillippe.
» June 29, 1907: The Pirates top the Cubs 2-1 as CF Tommy Leach cuts down Harry Steinfeldt at the plate in the 9th innings. Deacon Phillippe is the winner.
» July 8, 1908: Despite five hits by Honus Wagner, the host Pirates drop a doubleheader to their cross-state rivals, the Phillies. 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.
» July 27, 1909:
The Phillies sweep a pair from Brooklyn, winning 7–0 and 3–2. Light hitting Eddie Grant collects his 1st ML home run, off Deacon Phillippe.
» May 8, 1912:
The Pittsburgh Filipinos, of the newly formed United States League, opens the season at vacant Exposition Park. The team is named after its veteran Deacon Phillippe, former Pirates star. The USL has promised not to sign current major leaguers, but will not last through June.
» May 30, 1912:
Three doubleheader sweeps—Chicago Green Sox over Richmond, Virginia Rebels; Cincinnati over Reading, Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh Filipinos over Cleveland—end a short, futile season of the would-be ML competitor, the United States League. Poorly organized and financed, the season began May 1st and collapsed largely through the failure of New York franchise to attract fans. The Filipinos, so named because old Pittsburgh favorite Deacon Phillippe was manager, had the best record: 16–8. Players and fields were barely above semipro level, but promoters will be heard from again with the advent of the Federal League.
» May 6, 1913: Better organized and financed than other aspiring circuits, the Federal League opens modestly and quietly, with clubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Covington, KY. No attempt is made to sign established ML players. Cy Young manages Cleveland, Deacon Phillippe manages Pittsburgh. After a 6-week season, the pennant winner is Indianapolis.
» July 20, 1965: Mel Stottlemyre of the Yankees becomes the first pitcher to hit an inside-the-park grand slam since Deacon Phillippe did it for the Pirates in 1910. Stottlemyre's bases-loaded drive in the 5th off Bill Monbouquette assures him a 6–3 victory over the Red Sox.