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    January


    January 6 Ban Johnson's Western League begins penetration of the East by formal admission of Buffalo (Eastern) for the 1899 season.
    January 10 Tim Hurst‚ former NL umpire and St. Louis manager‚ referees the Tom Sharkey knockout of Kid McCoy in 10 rounds at the Lenox Athletic Club in New York.
    January 21 Dr. Arlie Pond‚ a former Baltimore pitcher‚ leaves with his Army medical unit for the Phillippines. After his military service‚ he will go on to a long career of medical and health service in the Phillippines.
    January 25 Chicago veteran Bill Dahlen is traded to Baltimore (NL) for Gene DeMontreville. Like many Baltimore players‚ Dahlen will end up in Brooklyn when the season starts.

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    February



    February 4 Hugh Jennings will not go south with the Brooklyn team but will get in shape as baseball coach for Cornell University.
    February 7 Under a joint ownership arrangement‚ several Baltimore players are shifted to Brooklyn‚ and that club transfers several to the Orioles. Manager Ned Hanlon takes Willie KeelerJoe KelleyHughie Jennings‚ and others with him while John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson remain in Baltimore. The powerful new Brooklyn team will‚ by 1899‚ be called the Superbas (nicknamed after a vaudeville act called Hanlon's Superbas)‚ and in the 1913-30 era the team will be known as the Robins. Baltimore will do well with leftovers‚ but the Oriole dynasty ends.
    February 17 Barney Dreyfuss‚ principal Louisville stockholder‚ takes over as club president. Harry Pulliam is now secretary.
    February 25 The NL Committee on Rules recommends that umpires be given authority to fine unruly players $10 for a first offense.

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    March


    March 2 At the league meeting in New York‚ an attempt to expel the St. Louis Browns‚ who had a 39-111 record in 1898‚ fails by a 7-4 margin. It is also decided that no club may hold more than 18 players on its reserve list.
    March 9 Bill McGunnigle‚ player and manager‚ who won pennants for Brooklyn in 1889-90‚ dies of consumption in Brockton‚ MA. He was 44.
    March 13 The debt-ridden St. Louis Browns (and Sportman's Park) are sold at auction by court order for $33‚000. The ultimate owners are the Robison brothers‚ Frank and Stanley‚ who will continue ownership of the Cleveland franchise as well. With meager fan support‚ the Robisons transfer the Spiders' best players to St. Louis‚ while the Browns' worst players end up in Cleveland. Rambunctious Chris Von der Ahe‚ broke and fallen from favor‚ is out of baseball.
    March 18 John Healey‚ peripatetic righthander of the 80s and early 90s‚ dies of consumption at age 32. Known as "Long John" and "Egyptian" (he was 6'2" and born in Cairo‚ IL) he played for 8 NL and AA teams in 8 years‚ winning 76 and losing 136.
    March 29 The Robison brothers‚ owners of the Cleveland franchise‚ gain control of the St. Louis franchise as well‚ and redistribute players. St. Louis‚ which finished 12th in 1898‚ is enhanced with Cy YoungJesse BurkettBobby Wallace‚ and manager-1B Patsy Tebeau. Cleveland is greatly weakened by the transfers. The new St. Louis owners change the name of Sportsman's Park to League Park. They also change the color of the team socks from brown to red. The team nickname becomes the Perfectos. The players going to Cleveland are Kid CarseyJack ClementsLave CrossTommy Dowd‚ Dick Harley‚ Bill Hill‚ Harry Lochhead‚ Harry Maupin‚ Joe QuinnJack StivettsWillie SudhoffJoe SugdenSleeper Sullivan and Tommy Tucker.
    March 30 Amos Rusie refuses to sign a new contract with the Giants for $2‚000. He made $3‚000 in 1898 but hurt his arm. He will stay out of baseball for the next 2 years.

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    April


    April 8 Patsy Tebeau‚ manager of the newly reorganized St. Louis team‚ will not use the old nickname 'Browns'. Perfectos is more likely. Crimson stockings will replace brown.
    April 14 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.
    At Washington‚ lefthanded SS Billy Hulen plays his first game with the Senators‚ but he goes 0-for-5 and makes an error as they lose to his former team‚ the Phillies.
    April 15 A crowd of 21‚000 watches Kid Nichols of Boston outlast Brooklyn's Brickyard Kennedy 1-0 in 11 innings when Fred Tenney triples in the crucial run.
    John McGraw‚ 26‚ makes his managerial debut‚ and leads the Orioles to a 5-3 win over the Giants. Steve Brodie has 5 of the O's 9 stolen bases. Fewer than 4‚000 fans are on hand.
    April 17 In Cincinnati‚ the Reds edge the Pirates 8-7. In 2000‚ historian Dixie Tourangeau‚ with help from several SABR members‚ discovers an unrecorded triple for Pirate rookie Jimmy Williams in this game‚ upping his ML rookie record for triples from 27 to 28. The ball goes over Smith's head but no error is charged.
    April 18 John McGraw‚ 26‚ makes his managerial debut with Baltimore by leading the Orioles to a 5-3 win over the New York Giants. He will later manage the Giants for 3 decades.
    At Cincinnati‚ 19-year-old Noodles Hahn makes his ML debut and beats the Pirates‚ 7-5.
    April 19 Philadelphia buries the futile Nationals 16-5 with a 24-hit attack. Ed Delahanty is 5-for-6 with a double and HR.
    April 22 Jack Taylor faces Jack Taylor in the Cincinnati-Chicago match at League Park. Chicago's Jack wins over "Brewery Jack"‚ 6-4. The Reds Taylor was acquired in the off-season from St. Louis for pitcher Bill Hill and $4‚000.
    Trading positions as the game progresses‚ Giants C Mike Grady and 1B Parke Wilson account for 23 putouts in an 8-7 defeat of visiting Baltimore.
    April 24 Buck Freeman hits the first of his record 25 homeruns for the only Washington score in a 10-1 loss to Boston. The mark will stand until Ruth tops it with 29 in 1919.
    The first teiple play of the season helps Oriole rookie Joe McGinnity to a 6-0 triumph over the Giants. The tri-killing goes George "Topsy Maggie" Magoon to John "Chewing Gum" O'Brien to Candy LaChance.
    April 25 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.
    April 27 A Boston massacre. Fourteen walks and seven errors contribute to a horrible 20-3 loss to host Philadelphia.
    April 28 Joe McGinnity holds Boston to 2 hits as the Orioles win‚ 3-1.
    April 30 A new ML attendance record is set at Chicago as 27‚489 fans watch Nixey Callahan shut out St. Louis 4-0. The crowd spills into the field causing any hit into the crowd to count for only one base. Nixey gives up 12 hits in the shutout‚ one short of the current record. The visiting Perfectos expect their share of the gate today will pay for team salaries for the month of May.

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    May


    May 1 Cleveland wins its home opener over the Louisville Colonels 5-4 in 14 innings before only 500 fans. They lose the 2nd game of the twin bill 2-1.
    I say "Doctor". Jim McJames‚ Brooklyn righthander becomes a "doctor" in fact. After years of off-season effort‚ he achieves his M.D. He celebrates with a 7-6 victory over Washington. McJames will stay in baseball.
    May 3 Pittsburgh's Jack McCarthy gets a game-winning 3-run HR in the bottom of the 9th when his drive into the corner goes through a door that someone then shuts before the fielder can reach it. The Colonels complain that "a Pittsburg employee opened the right field gate and made away with the ball." On June 5‚ the league orders this game replayed.
    Candy LaChance has 19 putouts at 1B for Baltimore as Boston wins‚ 2-1.
    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 6 Reds P Bill Damman allows 11 hits but shuts out St. Louis‚ 11-0.
    May 8 Harry Wolverton's bases-loaded HR in the bottom of the 9th gives the Chicago Orphans an 8-7 victory over Cleveland.
    Chummy Gray of Buffalo (Western League) pitches the season's first no-hitter in the Bison's home opener against Indianapolis.
    May 9 New York drubs Washington‚ 19-1‚ with the help of 10 errors.
    May 11 At Pittsburgh‚ rookie Noodles Hahn hits a sac fly in the top of the 7th to give the Reds a 1-0 win over the Pirates. Heinie Peitz scores the lone run.
    May 13 Ed Delahanty of the Phillies‚ who hit 4 HRs in a game in 1896‚ collects 4 doubles in a 9-0 victory over New York‚ the only player to achieve these dual records. The Phils will lead the NL in doubles with 241.
    May 15 Willie Keeler‚ one of the smallest players and best bunters‚ drives the ball past startled LF Ed Delahanty of the Phillies for an inside-the-park grand slam and an 8-5 victory for Brooklyn.
    May 17 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.
    Sporting Life indirectly criticizes joint ownership of 2 clubs with this comment: "Syndicate Baseball Results-May 17‚ 1898‚ Cleveland 16 W‚ 8 L; May 17‚ 1899‚ Cleveland 3 W‚ 20 L."
    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.
    May 24 In Cincinnati‚ Giants pitcher Cy Seymour hits two doubles and two singles‚ but his wildness costs him a win against the Reds. With the bases loaded in the 10th and score tied 6-6‚ Seymour hands out his 13th walk of the game to force in the winning run. Cy strikes out none.
    May 25 In just his 7th big league game‚ Deacon Phillippe of Louisville tosses a 7-0 no-hitter against the Giants. He walks 3 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 4 hits off Ed Doheny in scoring their 7 runs.
    May 26 Jack Taylor of Chicago holds Washington to 2 hits but still loses‚ 2-0.
    May 30 The Pirates sweep a Memorial Day doubleheader from Washington behind rookies Jimmy Williams and Sam Leever. Williams has 3 singles and a pair of doubles in the morning game as the Pirates win in 10 innings‚ 4-3. In the afternoon contest‚ the Pirates win in the 9th on pitcher Sam Leever's triple and player-manager Patsy Donovan's single.
    May 31 Boston leadoff hitter Chick Stahl goes 6-for-6 against 3 pitchers in a 16-10 romp over Cleveland.

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    June


    June 1 The Reds suspend pitcher Jack Taylor after he misses the last two games. "Brewery Jack" relieved against the Baltimores in Cincinnati on the 28th and gave up 6 runs in an inning‚ possibly due to a hangover according to one report. Taylor denied the allegations but after pitching well in a loss to the Giants on the 30th‚ left for his native Staten Island and didn't return. When Taylor eventually shows up he says he was sailing and a calm came up and he couldn't return to shore. His two sailing companions will later turn out to be Steve Brodie‚ a bridge jumper‚ and bantamweight boxer Patsy Haley. The suspension will last five weeks and he is not allowed to return west with the team.
    June 2 Nap Lajoie homers in the last of the 9th‚ as the Phillies beat Pittsburgh 4-3.
    The hapless Cleveland Spiders blow a 10-0 lead and lose to Brooklyn 11-10.
    June 6 Lave Cross (3B) and Willie Sudhoff (P) are transferred from Cleveland‚ already doing poorly‚ to St. Louis. Joe Quinn‚ the new Spiders' manager‚ is now an undertaker in-season as well as off.
    June 10 Pittsburgh Pirates rookie 3B Jimmy Williams's batting streak stops at 26 games as Louisville's Deacon Phillippe holds him in check. But the Pirates win‚ 6-1‚ in the opener‚ and then are victorious‚ 5-4 in game 2.
    June 11 Chicago 3B Harry Wolverton is badly injured in a collision with catcher Art Nichols in the 6th inning of a 2-1 win over St. Louis. He is expected to miss several weeks of play.
    June 16 New York forfeits a game to the Brooklyn Superbas when umpire Tom Burns‚ ridden mercilessly by the Giants after questionable calls‚ "won't take it any more" and declares Brooklyn a 9-0 winner.
    Louisville's Honus Wagner is 5-for-6 and in 10th he singles‚ steals 2B‚ and scores winner. Louisville edges St. Louis‚ 13-12. Wagner now has gone 11-for-16.
    June 19 In a 7-4 loss to St. Louis‚ Washington outfielder Dummy Hoy throws out three runners at home to set a (since tied) record.
    In a 9-0 Phillies victory over the Reds‚ Nap Lajoie‚ described as the hardest hitter in the league‚ hits a ball off Breitenstein of Cincinnati that is so hard hit that the rubber center breaks and the ball becomes lopsided. It bounces off the CF fence and the umpire withdraws the damaged ball.
    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.
    June 24 Tom O'Brien of the Giants collects one hit and 3 walks and steals 5 bases‚ including home‚ in the 7-2 win over Cleveland. The Giants total 10 stolen bases against Ossee Schreckengost.
    June 28 In a 9-1 win over Brooklyn‚ Pittsburgh's Jack McCarthy hits his 3rd HR of the season (a 4th was wiped out in a forfeited game on May 3rd). He will have 3‚021 more ML at bats through 1907 without another HR.
    The Perfectos pull off a triple play but they fail toscore in a Orioles 5-0 win.
    Chick Fraser of Philadelphias defeates his former mates at Louisville‚ 3-1. He holds manager Fred Clarke‚ his brother-in-law‚ hitless in 4 at bats.
    June 30 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.

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    July


    July 1 In the first of 2 with Cleveland‚ Boston ace Vic Willis takes a 7-0 lead into the 9th‚ but can't finish off the Spiders who tie the game. Reliever Parson Lewis gives up a pair of runs in the 11th and Cleveland wins 10-9. Cleveland's Frank Bates hurls the 17-hit complete game for his only victory of the year against 19 losses‚ allowing just one earned run. Cleveland‚ which has averaged under 200 fans a game at home‚ splits the twin bill and decides to spend the rest of the season on the road. The club's record is 12-49. They will play just 7 more home games and ?nish the year with a total attendance of 6‚088‚ the lowest in ML history.
    July 3 Arlie Latham‚ a colorful third sacker in his playing days‚ makes his debut as an umpire at Pittsburgh.
    July 5 The 9th place Giants replace manager John Day with Fred Hoey‚ who will guide them to a 10th place finish. Hoey's prominence is based mainly on his pigeon shooting competitions.
    July 7 Fred Tenney of Boston celebrates the birth of his daughter by going 5-for-5 in an 8-3 win over New York.
    July 8 At Brooklyn‚ the Phillies lose‚ 6-2. It's a painful win for Hugh Jennings‚ who gets hit by a pitch three times by Chick Fraser. According to Al Kermisch‚ this is the 4th time that Jennings has been plunked 3 times in a game.
    July 9 Judge Dunn of Chicago orders city officials to stop interfering with Andrew Brennan‚ who put seats on the roof of his house near the park and sells tickets to people.
    July 12 Jack Taylor pitches his first game for the Reds since being suspended since June 1st‚ and‚ though pitching credibly‚ loses 10-5 to the Washington team. "Brewery Jack" has been in training in Brooklyn since his suspension for missing games and allegedly drinking (according to historian Peter Mancuso).
    July 13 At Boston‚ Chicago's Sam Mertes triples in the 1st inning and then steals home to lead the Orphans to a 9-4 victory.
    July 14 Kid Nichols pitches a one-hitter against Pittsburgh‚ winning 2-0. Opposing hurler Jack Chesbro‚ in his 2nd game‚ makes the hit.
    July 15 Boston manager Frank Selee is quoted by Sporting Life as saying: "I look upon Lajoie as a ballplaying genius with more natural talent than any ballplayer since Charley Ferguson."
    Jimmy Collins of Boston‚ in the bottom of the 11th with Herman Long on base‚ hits the ball over the fence to win the game 1-0 against Jesse Tannehill of Pittsburgh. Collins gets credit for a double.
    July 22 Pittsburgh's rookie leadoff batter‚ Ginger Beaumont‚ makes 6 infield hits‚ off Wiley Piatt‚ and scores 6 runs in an 18-4 romp over Philadelphia. Jimmy Williams has 3 hits‚ including a pair of triples.
    July 24 At Pittsburgh‚ the Pirates sweep a pair from Philadelphia‚ winning both games with homers in the 9th by rookies. After the Phils score 5 in the 9th in the opener‚ Jimmy Williams hits a 3-run homer with no outs in the bottom of the frame to win‚ 9-8. In the nitecap‚ Ginger Beaumont hits a triple with 3 on and a run already in to win‚ 5-4. Beaumont is credited with a triple since the winning run scores ahead of him‚ but would've gotten a homer otherwise.
    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.
    July 25 Rookie Jimmy Williams has a stellar day collecting a 2-run homer‚ triple‚ and 2 singles as the Pirates outslug the Philadelphians‚ 15-12‚ for their 5th win in a row against their cross-state rivals.
    Cleveland's Jim Hughey beats his old team the St. Louis Browns‚ 3-1‚ for one of his four wins in 34 decisions this year.
    July 26 Pitcher Jim Hughes of Baltimore steals home in the 5th inning against Louisville and wins the game 3-2.
    July 30 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.
    July 31 Christy Mathewson makes his first pro appearance‚ pitching for Taunton (Mass.) against Manchester of the New England League. Christopher the Crafty loses 6-5.

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    August


    August 1 Pitcher Jack Powell's HR in the 14th inning gives St. Louis an exciting 8-7 win over Boston. The drive off Kid Nichols goes beyond CF Billy Hamilton and Powell beats the relay. The fans carry Powell to the clubhouse.
    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.
    August 5 Sporting Life says "Martin Bergen‚ Boston's great catcher‚ does not drink‚ chew‚ or smoke; yet he is the hardest man in the league to manage. He is a crank of cranks and‚ moreover‚ has the persecution mania." Early next year‚ Bergen will kill his wife and three children and then take his own life.
    August 7 Vic Willis of Boston pitches a one-hitter‚ beating Washington 7-1. However‚ the Associated Press calls it a no-hitter. The controversial hit was by Bill Dinneen‚ the opposing hurler. Ultimately the record books would carry it as a no-hitter. Washington helps out as Willis retires the side on 3 pitches in the 2nd inning (as noted by Bill Deane).
    The Giants release Mike Tiernan‚ their fading star who has been with the team 13 years.
    August 9 Trailing 11–7, the Reds rally for a 14–13 win over eventual 1899 champion Brooklyn. Cincy scores 7 runs in the 8th after two are out.
    The Phillies overcome an offensive display by the Pirates Ginger Beaumont‚ scoring 6 runs in the 9th to win‚ 14-13. Williams has a single and 4 long hits‚ including a record-tying 3 triples. His 27 triples will lead the NL. Ginger had 6 hits on July 22nd.
    In a 14-13 win, the Phillies score 6 runs in the 9th to overcome an offensive display by the Pirates Ginger Beaumont. The score was 8-6 at the end of 8 innings, but the Bucs score 3 times when Bill Magee throws wildly on a bases loaded bunt. Al Orth relieves and allows 4 runs. Frank Bowerman has two doubles in the 9th inning outburst as five Phillie hitters collect 3 hits in the game. Beaumont has a single and 4 long hits, including a record-tying 3 triples. His 27 triples will lead the NL.
    August 10 After a wild game with Baltimore‚ St. Louis manager Patsy Tebeau swears at an abusive spectator‚ and the latter has him arrested and fined.
    August 11 Brickyard Kennedy triumphs over Bert Cunningham and Brooklyn beats Louisville 1-0 on a HBP and a steal of home by Bill Dahlen in the 2nd inning. Dahlen also stole home in 1897 for the only run of the game.
    August 12 The grandstand at Louisville's Eclipse Park burns down. The Colonels will try and make do with a temporary stand.
    The Giants sell pitcher Jouett Meekin to Boston for $3‚500. Meekin averaged 25 wins a year from 1894-98‚ but had slipped to 5-11 this season.
    The Reds sweep a twinbill from Boston by 7-2 scores‚ and set a Cincinnati club record by winning 12 in a row.
    August 15 "Brewery Jack" Taylor pitches the visiting Reds to a 1-0 win over Boston.
    Lousville beats New York and Ed Doheny‚ 9-5. Doheny is wild‚ walking 7 and hitting one‚ but he strikes out 8‚ including Louisville pitcher Dowling‚ who strikes out a ML record 5 times. Doheny also puts his name in the record books by making 5 errors‚ all on throws to 1B on bunts.
    August 16 At Boston‚ Louisville and Boston split a doubleheader. Louisville wins game 1‚ 3-0‚ behind Deacon Phillipe's 3-hitter. Charlie Hickman walks 13 in game 2‚ but wins 12-4‚ allowing 4 hits.
    August 20 Socks Seybold‚ powerful slugger from the Atlantic League‚ makes his debut with Cincinnati. He makes 3 errors in the outfield in a 10-1 loss to St. Louis.
    August 22 Washington OF Buck Freeman‚ the league's leading HR hitter with 15‚ pitches the last 3 innings of a 15-5 loss to Baltimore.
    August 23 St. Louis edges Chicago‚ 8-7‚ as Mike Donlin is 4-for-6 with 2 runs and a stolen base.
    Honey‚ I'm home. The Cleveland Spiders conclude the longest road trip in ML history-50 games in 52 days-with a 13-3 loss at Louisville (as noted by Bob Tiemann). The Spiders were 6-44 during their extended trip. Things won't change much at home as they lose tomorrow to the visiting New York squad‚ 6-2. The two other road trips of 50 or more days were both by Cleveland: in 1884 and last season.
    August 24 Cy Young pitches his 3rd consecutive shutout‚ allowing the hard-hitting Phillies only 3 hits in a 5-0 win.
    August 27 St. Louis pastes the visiting Washington club‚ 16-2‚ as rookie Emmet Heidrick contributes 3 singles‚ a double‚ two steals and is hit by a pitch.
    August 28 For the 2nd time in a month‚ St. Louis star Jesse Burkett belts two inside-the-park homers in a game. He did in on July 29th. But it is not enough as St. Louis loses to Washington‚ 14-12.
    August 29 The Cleveland Spiders conclude a 7 game home stand with a doubleheader loss to New York‚ 9-1 and 11-3. The Spiders will play the next 36 games on the road‚ winning one.
    August 31 John McGraw's 23-year-old wife dies following surgery for appendicitis. Her funeral‚ with Ned HanlonWillie KeelerJoe Kelley‚ and Hughie Jennings participating as pallbearers‚ would be one of the largest in Baltimore history.

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    September


    September 2 Louisville defeats visiting Washington 25-4 at Eclipse Park. There are 8 HRs in the game‚ including 6 by Louisville. All 6 are hit by different players (Dummy Hoy‚ Mike Kelley‚ Tommy LeachFred ClarkeClaude RitcheyBilly Clingman)‚ a ML record that will not be matched until the 2000 season. Kelley and Leach's drives are inside-the-park HRs‚ according to Dave Vincent. Because of the small attendance‚ Louisville President Barney Dreyfuss will decide to transfer the last 14 home games to the opponents' grounds.
    September 3 The Cincinnati Reds clobber Cleveland's Crazy Schmit‚ 19-3. The Reds collect 22 hits and 8 walks.
    September 4 The Superbas‚ already famous for their late rallies‚ stage "Brooklyn ?nishes" in 2 different boroughs‚ winning the morning game in Brooklyn with 2 in the 9th‚ and then taking the afternoon game in Manhattan with 4 in the 8th.
    Philadelphia (NL) takes an easy 17-0 win over Washington. Chick Fraser is the winner over Gus Weyhing.
    In Mansfield‚ Massachusetts‚ in the New England League‚ the home team sweeps 6 from Portland. They play 2 games before lunch‚ and 4 afterwards. Portland walks off the field and forfeits after 2 innings in the 6th game to protest an ump's decision‚ but the first 5 games last 9 innings each‚ for a total of 47 innings. According to Phil Lowry‚ this is the only professional sextupleheader in history.
    September 5 The Reds roll over Cleveland‚ winning 19-3 and 9-7. Kip Selbach scores 5 runs in game 1‚ while Jake Beckley has 7 hits in the 2 games.
    In Philadelphia's 18-10 win over Washington‚ Roy Thomas scores 5 runs for the winners.
    September 7 Hometown Brooklyn loses to Boston 2-1 when Tom "Tido" Daly tries to score the tying run in the bottom of the 9th but is called out by umpire Bob Emslie. When the fans attack Emslie‚ police and players escort him off the field to the railway station.
    September 8 Pittsburgh's Jimmy Williams‚ who earlier set a rookie record by hitting in 26 consecutive games‚ runs his new string to 27 games. He is stopped by Deacon Phillippe of Louisville‚ who also stopped his earlier streak. Louisville wins‚ 5-3. The 27 straight game streak is a club record‚ not topped by any 20th Pittsburgh batter.
    Jesse Burkett of St. Louis hits 2 homers and a single to help Cy Young defeat the Reds‚ 12-3.
    September 9 Doc McJames of Brooklyn has a no-hitter until Hugh Duffy of Boston singles with 2 out in the 9th. Nevertheless‚ the league leaders win‚ 4-0.
    Jake Beckley of Cincinnati hits a grand slam‚ inside-the-park HR in a 12-6 loss to St. Louis. In the same game‚ Bill Phillips quick-pitches a perfect strike to Burkett‚ who had stepped out of the batter's box. True to his nickname of "The Crab‚" Jesse shows his irritation and is ejected. Emmet Heidrick has 4 singles and scores 3 times for St. Louis.
    September 10 In Cincinnati‚ OF Sam Crawford makes his ML debut for the Reds a success by helping to beat two NL rivals‚ Cleveland and Louisville. In a scheduling quirk‚ the Reds play Cleveland and whip the Spiders 10-2. The game lasts 7 innings‚ not because of a mercy rule‚ but because the Spiders need to catch a train. Crawford collects 2 singles in that contest. Later‚ the Reds take on Louisville‚ and Crawford has 3 hits‚ including a triple off Bert Cunningham‚ in leading Cincinnati to an 8-7 win. Crawford has 5 hits‚ filling in for the absent Elmer Smith. A grieving Smith misses the last two months of the season after his wife dies. The 19-year-old Crawford will end the year at .307 in 31 games.
    Pitcher Bill Magee is signed by Washington‚ his 3rd NL team this year.
    September 12 In game 1 at National Park in Washington‚ Reds pitcher Jack Taylor gives up 4 runs on 5 hits into the 4th inning. Suddenly he is unable to lift his right arm and the ball rolls out of his fingers. The alleged strain to his right side is probably unrelated to his death in 4 months due to Bright's disease‚ but this is the last game of his career. "Brewery Jack" finishes 9-10 this season after after going 15-29 last year with a league-high 397 innings pitched for the Browns. (according to Peter Mancuso)
    September 14 The first-place Superbas take a pair from the Pirates, winning 7–5 and 7–1. Doc McJames hangs the golden sombrero on rookie Jimmy Williams in game 1, striking him four times. No other player strikes out four times this season.
    September 15 Vic Willis's drop ball is working effectively‚ as no Boston outfielder records a putout in a 9-4 victory over Pittsburgh. Beaneater Chick Stahl chips in one of the longest HRs ever hit at Boston.
    Washington pastes a 15-3 loss on Cleveland Crazy Schmit‚ on his way to a 2-17 record. Schmit was playing with the baseball comedians‚ the Pittsburg Wanderers‚ when he was signed in June. His only pitch is a slow curve‚ described by the Washington Post as‚ ". . . a roundhouse scroll that wafts to the plate with the nonchalance of a dapper youth flaunting through Burlington Arcade. . . an inviting‚ appetizing toss."
    September 17 A preliminary organization meeting is held in Chicago regarding a proposed new American Association. Among the delegates are Adrian Anson of Chicago‚ Chris Von der Ahe and Al Spink of St. Louis‚ and representatives from Milwaukee‚ New York‚ Philadelphia‚ and Washington.
    September 18 After losing 24 games in a row‚ Cleveland defeats Washington 5-4. The Spiders will go on to lose their next 16 games.
    September 20 Brooklyn buys 3B Zeke Wrigley's contract from Syracuse‚ although Wrigley has been playing for New York for the past 5 days. He will play 15 games with 1st-place Brooklyn. The NL fines Brooklyn $500 and threatens to disallow the games that Wrigley plays‚ but nothing comes of it. This is Wrigley's last season and the brouhaha will come to nothing.
    September 22 Chicago's Ned Garvin ties a ML mark by giving up 13 hits in a shutout as he beats Boston‚ 3-0.
    September 23 Buck Freeman hits his 3rd homer in 4 games and this one is the longest on record at the Brooklyn Park. But his Washington team goes down to defeat‚ 7-5.
    September 24 The Reds unload on visiting Chicago in a doubleheader sweep. Cincinnati wins the opener‚ 21-4‚ then takes the nitecap‚ 11-1‚ called in the 5th inning.
    September 26 St. Louis scores in all 8 of its innings in a 15-3 home win over Cleveland.
    September 28 Giants P Cy Seymour loses to the Phillies 6-3 but in 8 innings pitched walks 11 and strikes out 10. After a long absence‚ Nap Lajoie appears as a pinch hitter for the Phils and collects a hit.

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    October


    October 2 Rube Waddell‚ of Louisville‚ fans 13 in a 3-hit‚ 6-1 victory at Chicago‚ besting Clark Griffith. Waddell sets a ML record for strikeouts with his 14‚ while his catcher Tacks Latimer sets a record with 16 putouts (2 foul pops). The game is called after 8 innings because of darkness.
    October 5 Waddell and Louisville shut out the Reds‚ 4-0. Emil Fraik is the loser.
    October 6 Frank "Noodles" Hahn of Cincinnati faces only 28 Louisville batters in a one-hit 8-1 victory. Tommy Leach's single drives in manager Fred Clarke‚ who had reached base on an error.
    October 7 The Brooklyn Superbas clinch the NL pennant with a 13-2 win over the Giants. Jim Hughes is the winning pitcher.
    October 8 The Chicago Orphans win an unusual doubleheader at West Side Grounds. In a morning game‚ behind Jack Taylor's first season shutout‚ they beat Cleveland 13-0. Jim Hughey is the loser. Hughey will finish the year at 4-30‚ the last ML pitcher to lose 30 games. Then in an afternoon game called after 5 innings because of darkness‚ Chicago beats Louisville and Rube Waddell‚ 7-3. Sam Mertes has an inside-the-park homer and Bill Lange has a double‚ then steals 3B and home. He scores twice‚ as do Chance and Griffith. Lange‚ 28‚ will quit the majors after this season and return to California.
    October 11 The Western League holds its annual meeting in Chicago and changes its name to the American Baseball League. The AL considers putting clubs in Cleveland and Chicago. President Ban Johnson and St. Paul owner-manager Charles Comiskey give little credibility to the proposed "on paper only" American Association.
    October 12 Buck Freeman hits his 25th HR‚ a 9th-inning grand slam‚ but Washington still loses to New York‚ 9-7.
    October 13 The Senators use 11 walks from Cy Seymour to beat the Giants in 7 innings‚ 6-4. Darkness prevents Cy from handing out any more free passes.
    In Pittsburgh‚ the Louisville Colonels score 4 runs in the 9th to take a 6-5 lead over the Pirates‚ but heavy‚ black smoke from the steel mills spills over the field and the game is called because of poor visibility. The score reverts to 5-2‚ with Pittsburgh on top at the end of 8. The Colonels end the season today in 9th place at 75-77.
    October 15 Cincinnati closes out the season with 16-1 and 19-3 home victories over the hapless Cleveland Spiders. Sam Crawford has 5 hits for the day for the Reds. The Spider starter for game 2‚ Jack Harper‚ is understandably ill and Cleveland starts 19-year-old Eddie Kolb in his place. He gives up all the runs. Kolb runs the cigar stand at the Gibson House‚ and he became acquainted with manager Quinn during the team's visits to the hotel. When he heard last night of Harper's illness he volunteered. This will be his only appearance in the majors‚ but he will play and manage in the minors after this. Bid McPhee‚ considered the best 2B of the 19th century‚ plays in both games‚ which ends his long career. Cleveland ?nishes deep in the cellar with 20 wins and 134 losses‚ 84 games out. They also conclude a 36 game road trip (1-35) after setting a mark earlier this year with a 50-game road trip.
    October 17 Brooklyn begins a post-season series with Philadelphia for "gate money and satisfaction." The Phillies get most of the satisfaction‚ batting the Superbas' Jim Hughes for a 7-4 victory. Lajoie collects 4 hits in 4 trips.
    October 22 The 6th and last game of the post-season series is played at Hoboken‚ before 700 shivering spectators. The Phillies win 6-4 to even the series at 3 apiece.

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    November


    November 2 Henry Chadwick‚ called the "Father of Baseball‚" visits President McKinley in Washington to propose that Army regiments be provided with baseball equipment. This is Chadwick's first presidential interview since his visit with President Lincoln in 1861.
    November 4 Representatives of 7 cities meet in New York regarding the proposed new American Association. Attention focuses on what other city might become the 8th franchise.
    November 11 Chicago Orphans star Bill Lange returns to San Francisco and vows he will never appear on the diamond again. He is only 28 and hit .325 this year.
    November 18 Ban Johnson‚ president of the new AL‚ contemplates exchanging players of equal ability with the NL and EL with a view to giving the public new attractions.
    November 25 Sporting Life reports that President Andrew Freedman of the Giants wants to reduce the NL to 8 clubs and purify the game by eliminating "certain parties who have been unduly prominent in the sport for cheap notoriety and the money there is in it."

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    December


    December 4 Buck Ewing‚ Cincinnati manager for 5 years‚ is released.
    December 8 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.
    December 15 The NL rules Brooklyn's purchase of Zeke Wrigley in September is illegal and nullifies the 16 games he played for Brooklyn. But Brooklyn still wins the pennant.
    December 22 AL magnates meet to map out a line of action based on results of the NL meeting. They plan to place a team in Chicago with Charlie Comiskey as the owner-manager.

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