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    January


    January 5 Firstbaseman Jim Rogers accepts the position of manager of the Louisville Colonels for 1897. He replaces Bill McGunnigle.
    January 7 Harry Pulliam is elected president of the Louisville Colonels and voted $10‚000 to strengthen the cellar dwellers Directors also announce incentive cash prizes for players: $1000 of they finish 7th‚ $2000 if they rise to 6th.
    January 21 James J. Corbett‚ Heavyweight champion of the world‚ says that if he beats Bob Fitzsimmons in his upcoming bout that he will buy a NL franchise. Corbett gets knocked out on March 17.
    January 30 Manager Lamar announces the lineup of the Cuban X-Giants for 1897 as: Clarence Williams‚ C; William Selden‚ John Nelson and George Stovey‚ pitchers; Ray Wilson‚ Sol WhiteGrant Johnson and Andy Jackson‚ infield; J.W. Patterson‚ William jckson‚ and George Taylor‚ outfielders. This team will finish 1897 with 117 wins‚ 31 losses and 4 ties‚ the greatest black team in the country.

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    February



    February 3 John McGraw‚ Baltimore's pugnacious 3B‚ marries Minnie R. Doyle. Hughie Jennings is best man‚ while Willie Keeler and Joe Kelley are groomsmen.
    February 5 Hoss Radbourn dies of peresis in Bloomington‚ IN at age 42.

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    March


    March 9 Cleveland signs Holy Cross star Louis Sockalexis to a contract. Sockalexis‚ a full-blooded Penobscot Indian‚ soon earns the admiration of Spiders fans with his phenomenal all-around skills. Before long‚ baseball fans start referring to the Cleveland team as the "Indians." Although Sockalexis will only play parts of three seasons due to acute alcoholism‚ the nickname will be revived in 1915 and become the club's official name.
    March 12 Brooklyn president Charles Byrne and treasurer Abell set a ML record by offering $100‚000 for the entire Cleveland franchise. The offer is rejected.
    March 16 Workman are repairing damage wrought by the hurricaine last September to the Washington Senators ball park. President McKinley's private box is now completed.
    March 27 Cleveland president Frank DeHaas Robison proposes that NL teams chip in to pay the 1896 salary of New York star Amos Rusie‚ who refused to play due to a contract dispute. Robison and other NL officials want to avoid Rusie's lawsuit‚ in which he seeks free agency. Although New York president Andrew Freeman vehemently opposes the NL plan‚ the $3‚000 payment is made and Rusie rejoins the Giants.
    March 30 NL President Young rules that St. Louis has the rights to Minneapolis hurler Bill Hutchison under the reserve clause. "Wild Bill" will perform poorly with the Browns and will return to Minneapolis.

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    April


    April 9 A touring team of 13 Australian players arrives in San Francisco‚ and President Young encourages the 12 NL teams to arrange exhibition games with the visitors.
    April 17 Manager Gus Schmelz and the Washington Senators visit President McKinley at the White House. Because of other pressing business‚ the president will be unable to attend the Senators' opener.
    April 19 In the season opener at Boston‚ a 3-run HR by Nap Lajoie in the top of the 9th gives the Phillies a 6-run lead that holds up despite a last-gasp‚ 5-run Beaneater rally.
    Amos Rusie ends a year-long holdout and signs with the Giants for $3000 and drops his law suit challenging the reserve clause.
    In an exhibitioin game in Elizabeth‚ NJ‚ the Giants wallop a local team‚ 40-1. George Van Haltren has 7 hits.
    April 22 Willie Keeler's single and double in the Orioles' first game‚ a 10-5 victory over Boston‚ begins a streak of safe hits in 44 consecutive games.
    A loss to Pittsburgh‚ 4-1‚ starts Red Donahue‚ St. Louis Browns righthander‚ on the way to a league-leading 33 losses. A true workhorse‚ Donahue will also lead in appearances (46)‚ starts (42)‚ complete games (38)‚ and hits allowed (484). He will win 11 and have an ERA of 6.13.
    April 24 Nap Lajoie has a big day with 5 hits-2 singles‚ one double‚ 2 triples-and 3 errors in the Phillies' 12-4 win over New York.
    Joe Corbett‚ younger brother of recently defeated heavyweight champ James‚ pitches the Orioles to its 3rd stright win over Boston‚ winning 7-1.
    April 26 At Ora‚ IN‚ Charles Haines is killed when hit by a pitch in the head thrown by Winona player Scott Guyer.
    April 27 Amos Rusie‚ the Giants' "Hoosier Thunderbolt‚" returns to the mound to beat Washington 8-3 before 10‚000 welcoming New York fans.
    April 28 George Stallings‚ manager of the Phillies‚ is "bruised and shaken" when he is hit by a trolley car while bicycling to his hotel after the team's morning workout in Boston. Fortunately‚ the car was slow moving.

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    May


    May 3 With the Giants leading 7-0 after 2 innings‚ Washington starts delaying the game in hopes that the imminent rainstorm will wash the game out. Umpire Tom Lynch forfeits the game to New York.
    May 4 Cap Anson Day is celebrated in Chicago during the home opener with St. Louis. A near-capacity crowd of 14‚968 is on hand‚ including comedian Eddie Foy‚ actress Maurice Barrymore‚ and his daughter Ethel‚ and Alderman John Maynard Harlan‚ whose son will become a Supreme Court Justice. Anson plays an errorless game behind the plate and adds a single in Chicago's 5-2 victory.
    May 7 Baltimore survives Duff Cooley's 2 doubles and 3 singles to defeat the Athletics 13-11.
    May 10 Jack Doyle hits an unusual home run for Baltimore‚ but Washington defeats the Orioles 13-5. The HR is noteworthy in that the ball rolls to the fence where a ladder had been placed. It rolls up the ladder and disappears over the fence. The O's execute a triple play: 1B Jack Doyle to SS Hugh Jennings to 2B Heinie Reitz.
    New York's Mark Baldwin surrenders only 3 hits‚ but is out dueled by Ed Stein‚ who pitches his 2nd one-hitter of the season to lead Brooklyn to a 3-0 victory.
    May 11 Duke Farrell‚ Washington catcher‚ sets a ML record by throwing out 8 Orioles trying to steal 2B‚ but the Senators lose anyway 6-3. Win Mercer takes the loss.
    May 14 The Orioles fatten their batting averages with 22 hits against the hapless Browns and romp 20-3.
    May 16 Fans assemble for Cleveland's first Sunday baseball game only to have the police arrest the players after the first inning. Players and umpire Tim Hurst are released on bail provided by Cleveland club owner Frank DeHaas Robison. A test case is made of rookie hurler John Powell. On June 10th he will be found guilty of playing ball on Sunday and fined $5.
    May 17 Pirates lefty Frank Killen‚ a 30-game winner last year‚ allows 2 hits to defeat Amos Rusie and the Giants‚ 3-2. Pittsburgh's Denny Lyons has 2 fingers broken after being hit by a Rusie pitch.
    May 18 Bill "Scrappy" Joyce's four triples pace the New York Giants to an 11-5 win over the Pirates at Pittsburgh. This is the last time this feat is accomplished in ML history. Philadelphia's (AA) George Streif hit 4 on June 25‚ 1885.
    May 20 OF Kip Selbach steals 5 bases against the Chicago Colts to lead Washington to a 16-14 victory.
    Fred Clarke gets 5 hits to help Louisville to a 13-inning 13-12 decision over Brooklyn.
    May 21 Tommy Corcoran‚ of Cincinnati‚ the last holdout of 1897‚ signs his contract.
    May 22 Reds 3B Charlie Irwin stands at the plate for 15 minutes fouling off 15 Joe Corbett pitches-14 in a row-before earning a walk. The Reds beat the Orioles 12-10 and move a half game behind the league leaders.
    May 23 A "shoot the chutes" waterslide opens at Sportsman's Park‚ St. Louis. With the Browns in last place at 5-20‚ owner Von der Ahe is trying to draw customers with a variety of amusement park attractions. It doesn't help today as the Browns lose their 21st‚ 14-6‚ to Louisville.
    May 25 Cleveland rallies for 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th to topple the Athletics 10-9.
    May 27 Louisville whitewashes Washington‚ 5-0‚ and uses a hidden ball trick to do it. Jim Rogers to Perry Werden catches John O'Brien napping (as noted by Bill Deane).
    The Reds acquire Jake Beckley from the New York Giants.
    In a 16-7 loss to Boston‚ the Reds player-manager Buck Ewing plays the last game in his 18-season career.
    May 31 At Boston‚ the home Nationals scores 25 runs on 29 hits to wallop St. Louis 25-5. Fred Tenney has 8 plate appearances‚ scores 5 runs and goes 6-for-8 as the infield collects a NL record 18 hits. Chick Stahl also adds 5 runs.
    Using mechanical dummies‚ "an electrical baseball machine" reproduces the Louisville doubleheader on stage at Philadelphia's McCauley Theater‚ which has been fitted out like a ballpark. Messages transmitted from the field are translated by "skillful manipulation" of the machine's keyboard into a reenactment. Louisville wins game 1 by a 4-2 score‚ then drop the second game‚ 14-0.

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    June


    June 1 At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants score 4 runs in the 6th and appear on the brink of scoring more‚ when the Pirates refuse to continue play because of the calls of umpire Michael McDermott. The Bucs are leading 7-4 when McDermott declares a forfeit win to the Giants‚ their second within a month.
    June 2 Boston scores 14 runs in the first two innings‚ helped by Zeke Wilson's wildness in the 2nd‚ to coast to a 21-3 win over Cleveland. Fred Klobdanz‚ on his way to a 26-7 record‚ is the easy winner.
    June 3 in New York‚ the Giants stop Louisville‚ 6-1‚ in the first of two game. Because this game was transferred from Louisville without league consent‚ no officials are present. Two players‚ Charles Dexter and Mike Sullivan. The game will be declared no contest. The second game will count and the Gianbts take that‚ 10-6.
    June 4 For the second time in four days‚ manager Patsy Donovan's aggressive tactics cost the Pirates a game on forfeit. With the weather threatening in the 4th inning‚ the Pirates stall egregiously hoping for a rainout‚ until umpire Jim McDonald declares a forfeit.
    Chicago's versatile Nixey Callahan wears his pitching hat in an 8-5 victory at Washington. Nixey will be 12-9 this year‚ while hitting .292 in 94 games as an IF/OF as well as a pitcher.
    June 6 Gus Schmelz resigns as Washington's manager after a disappointing 9-25 start.
    June 7 In the midst of the season's longest winning streak‚ Boston blanks Pittsburgh 4-0 to move past Cincinnati into 2nd place.
    June 12 Brooklyn pitcher Brickyard Kennedy belts the only homer of his career‚ off Chicago's Nixey Callahan. But Nixey holds on to win‚ 6-5‚ with the loss going to Dan Daub.
    June 15 Pittsburgh loses to Washington 10-8 despite Gene DeMontreville's 5 hits.
    June 16 Louisville president Harry Pulliam fires manager Rogers and replaces him with 24-year-old OF Fred Clarke. In addition to his $2‚400 salary‚ Clarke gets an extra $500 for managing the team. They'll finish 11th.
    The Reds explode for 12 runs in the 3rd inning and whip Brooklyn 15-6.
    June 17 Jouett Meekin allows 11 hits and his teammates commit 4 errors‚ but New York still manages to shut out Cleveland 7-0. Tomorrow‚ Cleveland is held to 3 hits and loses‚ 5-0.
    June 19 Lefty Frank Killen allows 5 Baltimore hits as he pitches Pittsburgh to victory. Willie Keeler fails to get a hit for the first time in 1897 after 44 straight games‚ a ML record that will stand until DiMaggio ties it June 29‚ 1941.
    June 21 Boston moves into first by posting its 17th straight victory‚ beating Brooklyn 11-6. Winning pitcher Fred Klobedanz has a single‚ 2 doubles‚ and a triple.
    June 22 Boston's winning streak is halted at 17 as Brooklyn pitcher Bill Kennedy defeats the Beaneaters 7-4.
    Baltimore takes advantage of Boston's first loss in 18 games and moves back into first place by defeating New York.
    Toronto (Eastern League) makes 35 hits and totals 68 bases against McFarlan of Rochester‚ winning 29-12. There are 15 doubles in the game.
    June 23 The Beaneaters regain the NL lead with a 13-2 rout of Brooklyn.
    June 24 Dick Harley leads the Browns to a 12-inning 7-6 victory over Pittsburgh by going 6-for-6. Harley has 5 singles and a double batting against Jim Hughey and Jesse Tannehill.
    June 26 Pittsburgh CF Steve Brodie's string of consecutive games ends at 574. His arm is so sore the Pirates go on the road without him. The streak is a 19th-century NL record‚ but falls 3 games short of George Pinckney's 577 ML mark.
    Jack Stenzel hits a solo HR with 2 out in the 9th inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 victory over Boston‚ its first in an important 3-game series with the NL leaders.
    June 29 The Chicago Colts score in every inning to demolish Louisville 36-7 while setting the NL record for runs scored. Chicago amasses 32 hits good for 51 bases with Barry McCormick hitting 4 singles‚ a triple‚ and a HR in an ML record-tying 8 at bats. Tying another league record set by an earlier Chicago club‚ 6 players score 4 runs each with McCormick and Jimmy Ryan each scoring 5 runs. Winning pitcher Nixey Callahan is 5-for-7‚ the first of three times he'll collect 5 hits in a game (May 18‚ 1902; May 8‚ 1903, a record for a pitcher. Chick Fraser starts for Louisville‚ but gives way in the 3rd to Jim Jones, who makes his major league debut with his team down 14-0. Only 9 runs are earned as Louisville kicks in with 9 errors. Jones will make one other pitching appearance, in 1901, but will play as an outfielder that year and next.
    June 30 Wild southpaw Cy Seymour of the Giants allows 11 walks in an 8-3 loss to the Orioles. He will be a 20-game winner‚ however.
    Chicago releases Fred Pfeffer‚ a 16-year veteran. Called the cement that held together Chicago's "stonewall infield‚" Pfeffer was a career .255 hitter.

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    July


    July 3 Boston players present a horseshoe of roses to Giants manager Bill Joyce before the game‚ then defeat him and the Giants 3-2.
    July 5 With the bases loaded‚ Pittsburgh's Jim Donnelly hits a ball that goes through Jesse Burkett's legs in LF. Burkett refuses to field it and by the time SS Ed McKean can get the ball‚ 4 Pirate runners score. Cleveland loses the game 6-1‚ after winning the opener‚ 4-3.
    After beating the Phillies‚ 3-2 in the opener‚ the Beaneaters win game 2‚ 8-5‚ with 5 runs in the 9th. This si the 7th time in 8 games that the league leaders have won a game in their final at bat. Boston's victory‚ along with its win the next day‚ give the Beaneaters an incredible record of 28 wins in 30 games.
    The Reds defeat Baltimore 8-5 for their 10th win in 11 games and move past the Orioles into 2nd place in the NL race.
    July 6 Brooklyn tries for a "Boston 9th-inning ?nish‚" but fails‚ losing to New York 7-5.
    July 9 The Athletics score in 8 of 9 innings and accumulate 26 hits en route to a 19-7 rout of Cincinnati.
    July 10 Kid Baldwin‚ 33‚ dies in a Cincinnati charity hospital. Baldwin last played in 1890 and was admitted to the hospital in early June as a "hopeless wreck from dissolution." The New York Times added at the time‚ "he can't possibly live long."
    July 12 Louisville's Tom McCreery sets a ML record by lining three inside-the-park homers off John Taylor. His liners come in the 3rd‚ 6th‚ and 9th innings of a 10-7 win over Philadelphia.
    July 13 Ed Delahanty has 9 hits in 9 at bats during the Philadelphia-Louisville doubleheader. Philadelphia wins both games 4-3 and 9-7.
    July 14 Delahanty continues his hard-hitting‚ going 4-for-5 with 2 singles‚ a double‚ and a HR in Philadelphia's 10-5 win over Louisville. Delahanty sets a record with 10 consecutive hits.
    July 15 Washington 1B Tommy Tucker hits five singles and a double in 6 at bats in the Senators' 16-5 win over the Reds. The hits come against Red Ehret and Bill Rhines‚ one of the first submariners.
    July 16 A game is played under electric lights at the Clyde Park in San Antonio‚ TX. Dallas wins the exhibition 10-5.
    Owner outrage at players ineptitude is vividly expressed by Washington's president J. Earl Wagner. His Senators‚ en route to a not-so-bad 7th place‚ are denounced as "dunghills and quitters."
    The Louisville Colonels announce the purchase of the contract of Patterson star Honus Wagner‚ the Atlantic League's star fielder and batter.
    After the Louisville Colonels score 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th to gain a 7-7 tie with New York‚ the Giants complain that the rally was illegally aided by suspicious calls by the umpire. New York refuses to take the field in the 10th inning‚ and the Colonels are awarded a 9-0 forfeit victory.
    July 17 Baltimore's Willie Keeler gets 5 hits and‚ for the 3rd time‚ scores 5 runs in a 20-2 rout of Chicago.
    July 18 Cap Anson lines a 4th-inning single off George Blackburn‚ as Clark Grif?th and the Colts defeat Baltimore 6-3. In the 8th inning‚ O's John McGraw twice steps in front of pitches from Griffith‚ and each time umpire Jim McDonald refuses to award first base to McGraw.
    July 19 Honus Wagner makes his first appearance‚ going 1-for-2‚ singling and stealing 2B as Louisville beats Washington 6-2.
    July 24 With Philadelphia (NL) holding a 4-3 lead over Cleveland‚ the game is forfeited to Cleveland. No reason is given.
    July 25 Bill Dahlen celebrates his return to the Chicago lineup after a long injury by swiping home against Louisville in the 4th inning. Colonel captain Fred Clarke tries to match the steal with one of his own; after being bunted to 2B‚ Clarke picks up the loosened bag and runs with it to 3B‚ but is tagged out in the process. He protests that he couldn't be out‚ since he still has 2B‚ but Hank O'Day doesn't buy the argument. Bill Dahlen's steal of home is only run of the game.
    July 31 At Eastern Park‚ 11‚000 fans cheer as Brooklyn's "Fighting Bill" Kennedy takes a 2-0 lead into the 9th inning against the Giants. Giants pitcher Jouett Meekin leads off with a single. Two more singles‚ a sac bunt‚ an error on Davis' grounder‚ and a flyball ties the game and puts Davis at second. When umpire O'Day turns his back‚ "Fighting Bill" fires a ball at his head. Typically‚ Kennedy is offline‚ allowing Davis to trot home with what proves to be the winning run. The Giants win‚ 4-3.
    Louisville ties a ML record by having 6 batters reach base after being hit by pitchers Mike McDermott and John Grimes of St. Louis. Grady and Cross hit homers but Louisville wins‚ 11-6‚ then drops the nitecap‚ 7-5.
    At Cincinnati‚ the Indians-with Indian Lou Sockalexis out of the lineup-top the Reds‚ 6-3‚ behind the pitching of Cy Young. 5‚500 look on.

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    August


    August 1 Louisville is winning 5-4‚ with St. Louis at bat in the last of the 9th. After Tuck Turner fouls a pitch out of play‚ substitute umpire Red Donahue gives a new ball to pitcher Herb Cunningham‚ who promptly rolls it in the dirt. Donahue objects and gives him another ball. Five fresh balls are given the same treatment. Umpire Donahue then forfeits the game to St. Louis.
    August 2 Baltimore retakes 2nd place from the Reds with their 22nd straight win over Philadelphia‚ 4-2. The Athletics will gain their first win over the Orioles in nearly 2 years tomorrow.
    Despite 5 runs scored by Mike Griffin‚ Brooklyn loses 9-8 to New York. This is the first time a player has scored 5 times in a losing cause.
    August 3 Boston players present a horseshoe of roses to Giants manager Bill Joyce before the game‚ then beat the Giants‚ 3-2.
    August 4 At Cincinnati‚ umpire Tim Hurst makes a decision against the home team in the 2nd inning of game 2 and a fan rolls an empty beer glass onto the field Hurst promptly picks it up and hurls it back into the stands and an unfortunate fan is hit and cut seriously. A patty wagon arrives and Hurst is arrested for assault and battery and will receive a suspension for the incident. Red Bittman takes his place behind the plate and the game is called at the end of 6 with the score tied at 4 apiece. In game 1‚ Tommy Corcoran scores 5 runs as the Reds roll over Pittsburgh‚ 14-3.
    In the Cleveland-Louisville doubleheader‚ the Colonels win the opener on a forfeit when Jesse Burkett is thumbed out of the game when he calls umpire Wolf a "vile name." Manager Tabeau‚ no patsy‚ refuses to replace him and Wolf calls a forfeit. "The indians played as if they did not care whether school kept or not in the second game and the colonels won easily" (Boston Globe) by a 7-4 score. In the 9th inning Burkett again call the ump a name and is thrown out for the second time today. When he refuses to leave Wolf calls two policemen and he is forcibly ejected.
    At Chicago‚ pitcher Callahan is nixed in his try for a win when he walks two in the 9th and throws a wild pitch. The Cardinals win‚ 13-12. Lange has 4 hits and 5 runs for Chicago‚ the 2nd time a player has scored 5 times in a losing cause; Griffin did it two days ago.
    August 5 Duff Cooley gets half of the Philadelphia Nationals 10 hits and 3 of their 5 runs to lead them to a 5-4‚ 12-inning win over New York. Philadelphia infielder Lave Cross makes 15 assists in the game to set a ML record that will stand alone for 85 years. Rick Burleson will match it in 1982 in a 20-inning game.
    August 6 In Boston‚ the Beaneaters edge the Orioles 6-5. In the 8th inning‚ umpire Lynch loses his temper and strikes Baltimore 1B Jack Doyle on the jaw. It takes the Boston police 10 minutes to restore order. LF Hugh Duffy saves the game for the league leaders by throwing out a runner at home in the bottom of the 9th.
    For the first time in minor league play‚ three players hit successive homers as Detroit's Harry Steinfieldt‚ Davis and Macauley connect against Kanbsias City (Western League).
    August 7 The Beaneaters defeat Baltimore for the 2nd straight time and drop the Orioles back into 3rd place.
    August 12 Baltimore regains 2nd place with an 11-7 victory over its favorite opponent‚ Philadelphia.
    August 13 Chicago's Clark Grif?th posts his first career shutout‚ beating Cincinnati 2-0. The win is the 104th of his career.
    August 14 Today is Bid McPhee Day at Cincinnati. The Reds lose the game‚ but the veteran 2B‚ playing in his 16th season‚ receives a check for $1‚800.
    August 18 Baltimore pastes the Brooklyns 6-2‚ to follow up yesterday's 12-3 win.
    August 19 The Orioles lose the first of 2 consecutive shutouts to Cleveland‚ breaking their 9-game winning streak.
    At Eastern Park‚ Brooklyn tops St. Louis 13-5 to move into sole possession of 10th place in the 12-team league. They had been tied with Washington for the 10th spot.
    August 25 Settling a bet between Cap Anson and H.P. Burney, chief clerk of the Arlington, Chicago catcher William “Pop” Schriver becomes the first to catch a ball dropped from the top of the Washington Monument. He makes no attempt on the first ball and catches the second ball before a guard chases the group away. Later that day the Washington Senators defeat the visiting Chicago Colts, 9-4, as Schriver goes 2-for-3. Kip Selbach’s 3-run homer in the 9th seals the win for Win Mercer, pitching in relief.
    Philadelphia wins its tenth straight, defeating Pittsburgh, 13–6. The Phils are led by Sam Thompson who has a homer, triple and two singles.
    Led by George Davis’s four hits, New York records a 20-4 win over Louisville in game one. Phil Knell takes the loss. In game two, Amos Rusie pitches a one-hitter to win, 5–1 and hand Louisville its 10th straight loss.
    August 27 Roger Bresnahan‚ an 18-year-old player who will ultimately become a Hall of Fame catcher‚ pitches a shutout in his ML debut for Washington‚ allowing St. Louis 6 hits while winning 3-0. He will win 3 more games before rejecting a contract he feels is unworthy of his talent and going home to Toledo.
    Baltimore sweeps a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds‚ winning 5-0 and 5-2‚ and takes over first place by 4 percentage points‚ .683 to .679‚ when Boston loses to Cleveland‚ 10-4.
    At Philadelphia‚ Nap Lajoie shows up intoxicated for the game with Pittsburgh and is suspended. Pittsburgh wins‚ 6-5.
    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.
    August 29 in the Western League‚ St. Paul doubles up on two Grand Rapids pitchers‚ winning 32-16.
    August 30 In New York‚ the Colts are leading 7-5 after 8 innings when Colts manager Cap Anson‚ leading off the 9th‚ argues that it is too dark to continue. Umpire Bob Emslie tells Anson to hit and‚ after a strike is called‚ Anson protests so loudly that he is tossed‚ joining the Chicago subs in the club house. He refuses to allow a pinch hitter and Emslie rules an out against Chicago. Chicago then scores 3 runs for a woolworth lead‚ 10-5‚ and in the bottom of the 9th‚ takes the field without a left fielder (LF George Decker moves to Anson's spot at 1B). Finally a figure [pitcher Dan Friend]‚ dressed in a bathrobe and cap‚ emerges from the club house and takes his place in left. After two outs‚ Giants manager Scrappy Bill Joyce protests that Friend has no uniform on under the robe. At that point‚ Emslie throws up his hands and calls the game on account of darkness. Chicago wins‚ 7-5.

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    September


    September 3 For the only time ever‚ two players‚ Willie Keeler and "Dirty Jack" Doyle‚ each get 6 hits in 6 at bats in Baltimore's 22-1 win over visiting St. Louis. Joe Kelley has 5 hits and 5 runs as Keeler also scores 5. The St. Louis pitchers are Frank Donohue and Coleman. Keeler will collect 5 hits in the first game on September 6th for his 4th game of five hits or more this season. St. Louis scribe Frank Housman (quoted by Ernie Lanigan in his Cyclopedia) objected to the scoring method used in Baltimore: "Down in Baltimore one day‚ Keeler sent two fly balls to Lally‚ who muffed both of them. Then he hit to Hartman and the latter fumbled and then threw wild. Then Keeler made a good single. The next morning four hits appeared to Keeler's credit in the Baltimore papers. Talk about Cleveland stuffing Burkett's average‚ why‚ they are not in it with the oyster scribes of Baltimore."
    September 4 Baltimore beats Pittsburgh‚ 7-2‚ behind the 6-hit pitching of Jerry Nops. Willie Keeler has 3 hits and Joe Kelley has a 3-run HR over the LF stands.
    September 8 Louisville unveils a new battery in catcher Ossee Schreckengost and 20-year-old Rube Waddell. Ossee goes 0-for-3 and Waddell loses his ML debut to the first-place Orioles‚ 5-1. Rube allows 11 hits‚ walks 4‚ and strikes out just 2. He will eventually register 2‚316 strikeouts.
    September 11 In the first of two games today at Cincinnati‚ the Reds build up an insurmountable lead over the Washington Nationals‚ and the Nats send in 16-year-old pitcher Joe Stanley to throw the 8th inning. The teen retires the side in the 8th‚ but the Reds hammer him for 5 runs in the 9th to win 19-10. Stanley will resurface in 1902‚ as an outfielder. In the 2nd game‚ otherwise undistinguished Washington rookie OF Jake Gettman singles in his first at bat to tie Delahanty's record of 10 hits in 10 consecutive times at bat. Gettman was 4-for-4 in yesterday's 9-4 win and 5-for-5 in the first game today.
    September 17 After having their 17-game winning streak broken yesterday‚ the Boston Beaneaters help "Kid" Nichols to his 30th win of the season‚ an easy 17-0 victory over the Giants. Mike Sullivan is the loser.
    Baltimore wins its 12th straight game‚ 11-6 over the Philadelphia Athletics.
    September 18 In the first game of a doubleheader in Cleveland‚ Cy Young shuts out the Reds 6-0 on a no-hitter‚ the only one in the NL this year and the first in 4 years. Only 4 men reach 1B‚ all on errors. One of the errors is a hot smash to 3B Bobby Wallace and it is initially credited as a hit. After the 8th inning‚ Wallace sends a note to the press box saying it should be an error‚ and the box score is changed. Young will later say he regards this game as a one-hitter as he thought the grounder was "too warm" for Wallace to handle.
    September 19 In a 5-2 win over lowly Louisville, Chicago’s Cap Anson lines a second-inning single for his 3,000th hit. Some still dispute whether this is the actual date of Anson’s 3,000th hit. Working backwards through the boxscores from his career total of 3,012 hits provided the evidence for this date.
    September 20 Former heavyweight champion James J. Corbett plays 1B for Milwaukee (WL) in a 7-6 win at Minneapolis. Batting cleanup‚ "Gentleman Jim" singles twice‚ scores once‚ and is middle man in a 6-3-2 double play. It is his 29th appearance in a scheduled minor league game.
    September 21 Second place Boston plays two against visiting Brooklyn and “the difference between the first and second was as that between hunks of Ashland coke and the diamonds on Harry Von der Horst’s shirt front” (Boston Globe). Things start poorly for Kid Nichols when batterymate Charlie Ganzel drops two foul flies hit by leadoff batter Fielder Jones. Jones walks to start a 12-run first inning against Nichols, which sets a record for most runs surrendered in an inning by a pitcher. Brooklyn racks up another 5 runs in the fourth inning to finally knock out the Kid as they go on to win, 22–5. Boston reverses the loss in game two, winning, 9–1.
    September 22 The Beaneaters defeat Brooklyn 12-0 in their last home game for a 52-13 record at South End grounds. They trail the Orioles by .001 point: .707 to .706.
    September 24 The biggest series of the season starts at Baltimore as 13‚000 fans see Boston beat the Orioles 6-4. Boston's record is now 90-37 while Baltimore's is 87-37.
    September 25 Baltimore strikes back by beating Boston‚ 6-3‚ and moving back into first place. Bill Hoffer outpitches Fred Klobedanz before 18‚000.
    September 26 A crowd of 9‚000 attend Fred Pfeffer in Chicago raising a purse of $3‚000 for the reired second baseman. The Colts beat Pittsburgh‚ 8-1.
    September 27 A crowd of 25‚390 witness the final game of the series between Baltimore and Boston. The Beaneaters overwhelm the Orioles 19-10. Grandstand overflow puts fans within 20 feet of home plate‚ while 15 ground-rule doubles fall among OF standees. The Beaneaters put the game away with 9 runs on 11 hits in the 7th inning. Kid Nichols goes the distance for Boston.
    After 23 straight defeats by Cincinnati‚ dating from September 25‚ 1895‚ St. Louis wins the team's 12th and last game of the season series 5-4.
    September 28 Chicago scores 11 runs in the 5th inning against Pittsburgh‚ and they need it as Chicago wins‚ 15-14 in 7 innings as darkness cuts the match short. Dale Wright allows 17 Pittsburgh hits but wins his only ML decision‚ finishing with a career 18.00 ERA. Jimmy Ryan and Barry McCormick each collect 4 hits.
    September 30 Boston clinches the 1897 NL pennant-Frank Selee's 4th-with a 12-3 victory over Brooklyn‚ as Baltimore loses 9-3 to Washington. Their winning percentage of .705 is the highest in Boston history.

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    October


    October 1 St. Louis owner Von der Ahe‚ losing money as the Browns lose games‚ takes over as the 4th manager this season‚ the 12th since the team rejoined the NL in 1892. Von der Ahe‚ 0-2 in his last stint as manager last year‚ will go 2-12. This is the 3rd year in a row the Browns have had 4 managers.
    October 3 Chicago ?nishes the 1897 season by splitting a doubleheader with St. Louis‚ losing 10-9 and winning the 7-inning nitecap 7-1. Cap Anson‚ just past his 45th birthday‚ hits 2 HRs in the first game‚ but St. Louis righty Willie Sudhoff (1-8) holds on for his first win of the year. Clark Griffith is the loser. Anson steals a base in the nightcap‚ his final game in a remarkable career that spans 26 years. He ends the season with a .302 average‚ the oldest player to hit .300‚ and the oldest to hit two homers in a game. Walter Thornton is the winner for Chicago.
    October 4 The contest for the Temple Cup starts with a 13-12 home victory for Boston over Baltimore‚ before 9‚600. Charley "Kid" Nichols and Ted Lewis pitch for the winners; Jerry Nops hurls for the Orioles.
    October 5 The 2nd game of the series sees Baltimore turn back Boston 13-11 behind Joe Corbett.
    October 6 In the 3rd game of the Temple Cup series‚ Baltimore wins‚ 8-3‚ in a rain-shortened 7 innings.
    October 9 Twenty-five hundred fans at Baltimore watch the Orioles win their 3rd game 12-11. The Orioles score 11 times in the first 2 innings off Jack Stivetts.
    October 11 Baltimore wins the Temple Cup‚ and $310 for each player‚ by defeating Boston 9-3. The crowd is so small that management refuses to give the exact number.
    October 15 W. C. Temple of Pittsburgh‚ whose trophy has been contested for the last 4 baseball seasons‚ is dissatisfied with this year's contest. He will attend the league meeting and ask that the Cup be returned to him. The league will investigate the charge that the players agreed beforehand to divide the receipts equally.
    October 19 Olver Perry Caylor‚ baseball editor of the New York Herald‚ dies of a "lingering illness" at age 47. O.P.‚ as he signed his column‚ was among the best of his time at the evolving skill of sports writing‚ and while sports editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer‚ was influential in the formation of the American Association.

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    November


    November 8 At the NL meetings in Philadelphia‚ Western League president Ban Johnson proposes a revision of the draft process: 1) No draft of Class A players with less than two years experience in their league; 2) No more than two players drafted from any one club; 3) The draft price to be doubled to $1‚000; 4) Relief for minor league clubs obligated to pay major league contracts of players returned to them. NL owners say no to all the proposals.
    In the ensuing draft Chicago gets California catcher Frank Chance‚ the Reds select Harry Steinfeldt‚ and the Phillies nab Kid Elberfeld and Elmer Flick.
    To curb rowdiness‚ the NL agrees to assign two umpires to every game next year.
    November 10 The Pirates trade Pink Hawley and Elmer Smith to the Reds for four players named Bill: Rhines‚ Gray‚ McCarthy and Schriver.
    November 13 At the NL meetings‚ President Nick Young announces that the Temple Cup Series has been discontinued‚ and that there will be 2 umpires per game next year.
    At the NL meetings‚ the St. Louis Browns make a blockbuster trade by sending SS Monte Cross‚ C Klondike Douglass and P Red Donahue to the Phillies. St. Louis receives lefty C Jack Clements‚ P Jack "Brewery Jack" Taylor‚ and outfielder Tommy Dowd. President Chris von der Ahe later reveals he gets $5‚500 as well from the Phils.

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    December


    December 21 The Pirates trade pitcher Jim Hughey to the Browns for Bill Hart and $1800. Hughey will lose 30 games next year for the Browns‚ the last ML pitcher to do so.
    December 31 Charles H. Ebbets‚ 38‚ who "has handled every dollar" (NY Times‚ January 2‚ 1898) entering the Brooklyn club's treasury for the past 15 years‚ gains a controlling 80 percent interest in the team.

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