|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» June 3, 1903: Pirate pitching shuts out the Giants for the 2nd day in a row with Sam Leever applying the whitewash, 5-0. Pittsburgh scores their first run on a double steal, with Claude Ritchey on the front end. Ritchey tallies four hits off Joe McGinnity to pace the offense. Ginger Beaumont adds a HR to deep CF in the 5th inning, the same inning in which 3B coach Christy Mathewson is tossed for kicking dirt on umpire James Johnstone.
» October 4, 1904: In the first of two at New York, the Giants loses to the Cardinals 7-3 despite Sam Mertes' contribution of four hits for the cycle. New York drops the 2nd game in a forfeit in the 4th inning. With New York losing 2-1, three Giants are tossed out by umpire James Johnstone, a Giants nemesis. John McGraw is slow in replacing them on the field, and the ump declares a forfeit to St. Louis. One paper states tomorrow that McGraw didn't have enough players left on the bench to field a team.
» August 7, 1906: On John McGraw's orders, umpire James Johnstone is refused admittance to the Polo Grounds, and the ump, standing outside the Polo Grounds, forfeits the match to the Cubs. McGraw insists the game go on with a player from each team umpiring. McGraw picks reserve Sam Strang, but Cubs manager Frank Chance refuses to go along, pointing out the game has already been forfeited.
» August 8, 1906: NL President Harry Pulliam upholds the forfeit to the Cubs of yesterday's Giants game, stating: "I uphold the action of the umpires absolutely, and if I am not sustained by the NL Board of Directors I will not only resign my position as President of the NL, but I will quit professional baseball forever." Giants owner John Brush then allows James Johnstone to officiate, and the Cubs win 3-2 behind Three Finger Brown and Ed Reulbach. At the month's end, the Cubs will have a 15-game lead.
» April 20, 1909: The National Commission learns that an effort to bribe umpires Bill Klem and James Johnstone was made before the Giants-Cubs playoff game in 1908. The identity of the alleged briber is not disclosed, but all clubs are notified of the results of the investigation. Klem reveals that the alleged briber was Dr. James Creamer. Creamer, who served as the Giants' team physician last season, will be barred for life from all major league ball parks.