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1914 Boston Braves

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    January


    January 12 John McGraw threatens that if the NL drops Baltimore‚ which is controlled by the owners of the Brooklyn Superbas‚ he will form an AL team. Two weeks later the NL Circuit Committee recommends buying out Baltimore‚ Washington‚ Cleveland‚ and Louisville and going to an 8-team league. McGraw then organizes a Baltimore club in the AL.
    January 19 Marty Bergen‚ Boston's regular catcher‚ murders his wife and two children‚ then takes his own life. Bergen‚ 28‚ had suffered an apparently career-ending broken hip during a game last season.
    January 24 The NL Reduction Committee has a secret meeting in Cleveland‚ supposedly to discuss dropping Louisville‚ Baltimore‚ Washington‚ and Cleveland from the league roster.
    The A.L. Reach company is granted a patent for protective headgear known as the "Reach Pneumatic Head Protector." It won't gain acceptance‚ though a few players‚ notably Roger Bresnahan‚ will occasionally wear it.

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    March



    March 3 Rival forces fight for control of the Union Park ball grounds in Baltimore. McGraw's men camp around a fire at 3B. Ned Hanlon‚ his former manager in Baltimore in the 1890s‚ now manager of Brooklyn and still president of the Baltimore club in the NL‚ has forces camped around 1B.
    A writer for the New York Clipper‚ reflecting the anti-immigrant feelings spreading across the United States‚ asks‚ "What is baseball coming to? For nearly half a century things ran smoothly enough until they began to rope in a few ringers‚ such as [Eddie] Abbaticchio‚ [Louis] Sockalexis‚ [Ossee] Schreckengost and now Accorsini."
    March 7 John B. "Brewery Jack" Taylor‚ three-times a 20-game winner and 20-game loser‚ including 29 losses in 1898‚ dies of Bright's disease at 26.
    March 15 Unable to get backers in Philadelphia‚ John McGraw withdraws Baltimore from AL‚ ending prospects for the league as a rival to the NL. Two weeks later McGraw will sign to manage Baltimore (NL).
    March 16 Washington sells 8 players‚ including HR king Buck Freeman and P Bill Dinneen going to Boston‚ then disbands. Baltimore players are to be transferred to Brooklyn and syndicate baseball will be ended.
    March 17 Mary Hamilton Von Derbeck is to become owner of the Detroit AL franchise and Bennett Park in lieu of unpaid alimony. However‚ her ex-husband George Von Derbeck files the required bond with a Michigan court to cover the alimony due‚ regains ownership of the club‚ and sells it to Tiger manager George Stallings on March 6th.
    March 28 John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson both sign contracts with Baltimore. When the long-rumored move by Baltimore to disband occurs‚ the two players are supposed to report to Brooklyn‚ but they will refuse and sit out the first third of the season instead‚ Finally‚ they are traded to St. Louis.

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    March


    March 8 At the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York‚ the NL meets and votes to go with 8 teams. They pay the Baltimore owners $30‚000 for their franchise‚ with Ebbets and Hanlon reserving the right to sell the players. Cleveland‚ Louisville‚ and Washington receive $10‚000 each‚ and Louisville owner Barney Dreyfuss sends most of his players to his Pittsburgh team. The circuit will remain the same for 53 years‚ until the Boston Braves move to Milwaukee in 1953.
    March 9 Popular Buck Ewing‚ a .303 hitter in his 18-year career (and the only 19th-century catcher in the Hall of Fame)‚ is named bench manager of the Giants. He'll last until July 13th when he quits the team and George Kelly takes over.
    The NL votes the following rule changes: a single umpire will work a game‚ reverting back after an experiment with 2; a balk rule allows only a base runner to advance‚ not the batter; a change in the shape of home plate to 5-sided to eliminate the corners of the old one-foot by one-foot plate. There had been arguments with pitchers who wanted strikes called when balls went over the corners. With no corners to kick about‚ owners figure there will be no further arguments over strike calls.
    Bid McPhee‚ 2B for the Reds for 18 years‚ retires. ending a career equaled 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.
    March 16 At an AL meeting in Chicago Ban Johnson announces that an AL team will be placed in the Windy City‚ ensuring the stability of the league. Other franchises are in Kansas City‚ Minneapolis‚ Milwaukee‚ Indianapolis‚ Detroit‚ Cleveland‚ and Buffalo. In an agreement with Chicago NL officials‚ the AL club will be situated on the south side of the city and will be permitted to use the nickname "White Stockings‚" formerly used by the NL team. However‚ the White Stockings will not be able to use the word "Chicago" in their official name.
    March 23 John McGraw, Wilbert Robinson, and Bill “Wagon Tongue” Keister, an INF, are sold by Brooklyn to St. Louis for $15,000. McGraw and Robby refuse to report. The good-hitting but horrible fielding Keister will be back in Baltimore next year, then go to Washington in 1902 and the Phillies in 1903, making it six different teams in six years.

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    April


    April 2 American Federation of Labor president Samuel Gompers announces that his organization plans to form a baseball players' union. He feels that with the NL's reduction to 8 teams-and the subsequent loss of income by many players on the 4 disbanded teams-players might overcome their reservations and join the union.
    April 12 NL umpire supervisor John Day issues a notice to players to "refrain from endless kicking and fault finding with the umpires. as umpires are only human and just as liable to make errors as players."
    April 13 At the request of club owners in Cincinnati and New York‚ the NL bans umpire Tim Hurst‚ considered the most colorful‚ cantankerous ump‚ from working in cities whose club owners "object to having a man of that type associated with their grounds‚ where ladies and gentlemen watch the games."
    April 19 In the NL opener at Boston‚ 10‚000 fans watch the Phils win 19-17 in 10 innings‚ the highest scoring season opener in history. Boston scored 9 runs‚ including a ML record 3 by pinch hitters‚ in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game at 17 apiece. At one point‚ Philadelphia led 16-4. The record of 3 pinch runners will be matched 4 times in the 20th century‚ all in the 9th innings. Buck Freeman and Lave Cross match homers. Al Orth goes all the way for the Phils‚ while Vic Willis starts for Boston with Kid Nichols in relief.
    In the Opener at Cincinnati‚ Chicago outslugs the Reds‚ 13-10. Jock Menefee is the winner over Ed Scott.
    On Opening Day in Detroit‚ Charlie Bennett throws out the first ball in the Detroit park named for him‚ but his presence fails to rouse the Tigers‚ who fall to the no-hit pitching of Buffalo's Morris "Doc" Amole‚ 8-0. In his 2-year NL career‚ which ended in 1898‚ Amole compiled a record of 4-10.
    April 20 Rube Waddell causes a sensation when he punches out a "masher" in a theatre.
    April 21 The American League entry in Chicago opens with the Chicago White Stockings losing to the Milwaukee Brewers‚ 5-4. Chicago will win tomorrow‚ 5-3‚ behind the pitching of Roger Denzer.
    April 25 In Cincinnati‚ Honus Wagner cracks 3 doubles but the Pirates still lose‚ 9-8.
    April 26 The American League opener in Cleveland draws 6‚500‚ a higher mark than the NL team drew there for the entire 1899 season. Cleveland edges Indianapolis‚ 5-4.
    The Pirates score 7 runs in the 9th inning‚ but still lose their home opener‚ 12-11‚ to the Reds. Cincy scores 8 runs off starter Rube Waddell in 5 innings‚ and 4 more off reliever Jack Chesbro. Attendance today is 11‚000.
    On their way to the Polo Grounds‚ New York Giants George DavisKid Gleason‚ and Mike Grady spot smoke rising from an apartment building and rush to help with the rescue. Davis climbs a fireman's ladder to rescue a woman who fainted in the heat‚ and Gleason and Davis help a woman and child down a fire escape. Forty-five families are left homeless from the major blaze. Then the trio‚ with Davis stroking a triple‚ help the Giants against Boston‚ scoring 5 in the 9th to tie‚ 10-10. Boston then scores 3 in the top of the 10th and the Giants answer back by stalling‚ waiting for darkness. One batter lights a newspaper and uses the torch to search for a bet‚ causing fans in the stands to light newspapers as well. At 6:55 the game is called‚ and the score reverts to a 10-10 tie. Giants Jack DoyleMike Grady‚ and Al Gelbach are fined $5 each‚ but no forfeit is called.
    April 30 Brothers Joe‚ Jim‚ and Tom Delahanty‚ playing their 3rd year together with Allentown‚ open the Atlantic League season by banging out a family total of 11 hits for 20 bases.

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    May


    May 4 Elmer Flick of the Phils has 2 homers and a double to pace Philadelphia to a 12-4 win over Boston. Flick will hit .367 this year‚ not good enough for the batting title. He'll win it in 1905 with a .306 average‚ the lowest average to lead a league until Yaz in 1968.
    May 5 Chicago's Jimmy Ryan leads off against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Noodle Hahn by lining a home run‚ the 20th time he he's hit a leadoff round tripper. The Colts win‚ 4-3.
    May 6 The Detroit Tigers play their first Sunday home game at a new park just beyond the city limits. They will use this park for Sunday games for 3 years.
    May 8 John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson end their holdout and sign with the Cardinals. Both contracts have the reserve clause crossed out‚ freeing McGraw to return to Baltimore in the AL in 1901.
    May 11 At Cincinnati‚ the Reds and Phils total 35 hits and 14 errors in a 20-11 Phils win. The New York Times calls it "an old-fashion game‚ in which runs‚ hits‚ and errors are plentiful."
    May 16 Detroit's Ducky Holmes and Chicago White Sox Dick Padden get into a fistfight on the field. and Padden is struck with a bat wielded by a Detroit player. Chicago wins‚ 7-4.
    May 20 Fire breaks out at the Pittsburgh park for the 3rd time in 2 weeks. Police speculate the arsonist is a disgruntled stockholder left out of the new Dreyfuss regime.
    Detroit manager Duffy is suspended for 10 days by the AL for abusing umpire Joe Cantillon.
    May 26 At Chicago‚ the Colts beat the Superbas 1-0 in 1 hour‚ 35 minutes. Nixey Callahan tops Frank Kitson.
    May 28 A fire in Cincinnati nearly destroys the grandstand. The new grandstand will not be built until 1902‚ and the Reds are forced to play on the road for a month.
    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 29 The Brooklyn team is notified by a Brooklyn building inspector that the center field bleachers at Washington Park are unsafe. They are removed.
    May 30 After beating Chicago‚ 5-2 and 13-3‚ in a Memorial Day doubleheader‚ the Phillies record is 21-10‚ giving them a 3 1/2 game lead over Brooklyn and St. Louis.
    May 31 The Phillies' Nap Lajoie suffers a broken hand in a fistfight with teammate Elmer Flick. Nap is sidelined and suspended without pay for 5 weeks. The Phils beat the Chicago Colts‚ 3-0.
    In the Detroit-Baltimore game‚ Detroit's Ducky Holmes hits a homer to tie the game in the 9th. But Baltimore is so furious at the call that they cause enough ruckus to get the game forfeited to Detroit.

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    June


    June 2 Boston wins the season's best slugfest‚ scoring 4 in the 9th and one in the 10th to beat St. Louis 17-16. Eight pitchers are used and there are 37 hits and 13 errors‚ including one by John McGraw. McGraw doesn't finish the game as he gets tossed after arguing a play at 3B too strenuously. Turkey Mike Donlin has 5 hits including a game-tying homer in the 7th for the Cardinals. Herman Long has 4 hits‚ including a homer‚ and scores 4 for Boston. Long will hit 12 homers this season‚ all at home.
    June 4 Fielder Jones‚ who will hit 20 homers in his 15-year career‚ hits the first homer of the year at Washington Park. But Brooklyn loses‚ 7-4‚ to Chicago.
    June 7 Cy Seymour scatters 10 hits and issues 11 walks‚ but manages to beat St. Louis 10-3. Despite the win‚ the Giants farm out Seymour to the Worcester Farmers (Eastern League) after the game. Seymour‚ who led the NL in walks 1897-99‚ will return to the majors as an outfielder.
    June 8 In a 6-5 loss to Boston, Chicago’s Sam Mertes leads off with a homerun. He’ll do it again tomorrow to tie a record. The next Chicago Cubs player to accomplish the feat will be Alfonso Soriano in 2007.
    June 9 A forerunner of today's players' union is organized in New York. Three delegates from each NL team launch the Player's Protective Association (PPA) and elect Chief Zimmer president. Harry Taylor‚ of Buffalo‚ is the attorney. Their goal is to negotiate contracts and rules changes.
    June 10 The New York Times publishes a letter to the editor from Joseph Mann regarding Cap Anson's book A Ballplayers's Career‚ reviewed a week earlier. Anson's is the first autobiography by a ML player. According to Mann‚ Anson's book credits him‚ while a pitcher at Princeton‚ as the first pitcher to throw the curve ball‚ and the pitcher writes to expand on that. He says it was he who should receive credit‚ not Candy Cummings or Avery of Yale‚ who he beat 3-0 on May 29‚ 1875‚ allowing no hits. He relates that in 1874 the Philadelphia team played at Princeton and‚ before the game and between innings Candy Cummings would stand at home plate and throw overhand down to second base curving the ball. Cummings also pitched that day and Mann says that Candy's catcher said that sometimes Candy's pitches curved‚ but not always. Mann says that day he got "two base hits and three singles against Cummings."and that he saw no curves‚ but was intrigued by the throws to second base. Mann says he worked on the curve that fall and over the winter unveiling it that spring. Mann ends his letter with: "I think I've said enough to establish the fact that I was the one who initiated the movement and revolutionized the pitching department of baseball." A Mr. Rankin will answer Mann's claims with a September 26 letter citing newspaper accounts of Alphonse Martin and Candy Cummings throwing curves in 1870.
    June 13 After shutting out the Cardinals on June 10 and the Colts on June 11‚ Giants' pitchers fire their 3rd straight shutout. Pink Hawley faces 29 batters in blanking the Colts‚ 5-0.
    June 19 In the year's best pitching duel‚ Clark Griffith of the Chicago Colts and Rube Waddell of the Pirates match shutouts for 13 innings‚ before Grif?th's double in the last of the 14th drives in the only run. Waddell strikes out 12.
    June 20 One day after Brooklyn moved into the NL lead for the first time all year‚ Philadelphia regains first place with a 5-4 win over the Superbas. Elmer Flick hits a 3-run HR in the win.
    June 21 Brooklyn rallies for 5 in the 9th to beat Philadelphia 8-6 and take over first place. They will hold the lead for the rest of the season. Despite the win‚ Brooklyn is averaging only 1‚100 fans per game and a concerned NL president Ned Young floats the idea of the franchise moving to Washington D.C.
    June 22 In a slugfest at Philadelphia‚ Brooklyn scores 7 runs in the top of the 11th to take a 20-13 lead. The Phillies prolong the Brooks' rally‚ hoping for darkness to cancel out the half inning. They deliberately walk batters and make little effort to put runners out. Umpire Hank O'Day finally calls a halt and awards a forfeit to Brooklyn.
    June 25 Jack Powell‚ who will rack up the 4th highest total of losses in history (255)‚ pitches a 2-hitter for the Cardinals‚ beating the Reds‚ 2-0. Powell will have 246 career wins. The loss goes to the Reds pretzel battery of Breitenstein and Peitz.
    June 27 In a New York State League game‚ Binghamton tops Oswego‚ 2-1. Playing for Binghamton is Heavyweight boxing champ James J. Corbett‚ making the last of 37 appearances in the minors. He is 0 for 3.
    June 29 The Colts Clark Griffith and Brooklyn's Frank Kitson match 4-hitters in a 1-0 Chicago win. Griffith's 4 shutouts for the year tie him for the league lead.

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    July


    July 3 Owen Wilson hits for the cycle to pace the Pirates to a 10-2 win over the Reds.
    July 4 In Chicago‚ the Colts sweep Philadelphia‚ winning 10-4 and 5-4‚ in 12 innings. A number of fans fire pistols to celebrate the holiday but no injuries occur.
    At Cincinnati‚ in the 3rd inning of game 2‚ Giants 1B Jack Doyle slugs ump Robert Emslie after being called out on a steal attempt. Fans jump from the stands as the two get into it and players finally separate the two fighters. Two policemen chase the fans back into the stands and then arrest Doyle and take him to the York street station. He'll be fined for the assault. The Reds lose the nitecap‚ 6-3‚ after winning the opener‚ 8-1.
    In what is (incorrectly) called the first baseball game ever played in Paris (The Literary Digest‚ August 1918)‚ a team of John Phillips Sousa plays against a team led by his trombonist Arthur Pryor.
    July 5 At Cincinnati‚ Jerry Nops of the Superbas pitches a one-hitter‚ beating the Reds 2-0. Tomorrow his teammate Frank Kitson also pitches a one-hitter‚ winning 10-0‚ the first instance of back-to-back one-hitters in the 20th century. The last time it happened was June 17‚ 18‚ 1884.
    July 7 Boston hurler Kid Nichols notches his 300th career victory‚ beating Chicago 11-4. The win comes 2 months before his 31st birthday‚ making him the youngest to ever reach the magic figure. Nichols has 2 of the 19 hits off Nixey Callahan.
    July 8 For the 4th time in his career‚ St. Louis star Jesse Burkett hits two inside-the-park homers in a game. It is all the scoring St. Louis can muster as Brooklyn wins‚ 8-2.
    July 9 the Reds edge the Phillies‚ 5-4‚ with the aid of a hidden ball trick. Third baseman Bob Wood‚ with the help of C Heinie Peitz‚ catches Elmer Flick.
    July 12 Frank "Noodles" Hahn of Cincinnati twirls a 4-0 no-hitter over Philadelphia. The Reds lefty gives up 5 walks to the visiting Quakers who are playing without Nap Lajoie. Hahn strikes out 7‚ including the first two batters in the 9th. The last batter Roy Thomas is thrown out on his two-strike bunt. Philadelphia's Bill Bernhard allows 7 hits‚ including a homer by Sam Crawford in the 7th.
    July 13 Harry Wolverton of the Phillies hits 3 triples and 2 singles in an 8-inning 23-8 victory at Pittsburgh.
    Buck Ewing resigns as manager of the last-place Giants and is replaced by SS George Davis. The Giants respond‚ as it seems they do with each managerial change‚ with a win over Brooklyn‚ 14-1.
    July 14 Chick Fraser fires a one-hitter for the Phillies in a 1-0 win over Boston. It is the only shutout of the year for the righty‚ who will become part of the first big lawsuit challenging the reserve clause in the 20th century.
    Back home‚ Brooklyn scores just one run again‚ but Bill Kennedy allows just 6 hits in beating the Giants‚ 1-0.
    July 15 At Detroit‚ Tigers manager Tommy Burns‚ afraid the crowd would injure umpire Joe Cantillon after the previous day's hostilities‚ refuses to let him work‚ and the game is forfeited to Cleveland. But Indians manager Jim McAleer agrees to play using reserve player Sport McAllister as the ump‚ and Detroit wins‚ 6-1.
    Noodles Hahn follows up his no-hitter with a 9-hitter‚ but still shuts out St. Louis‚ 9-0.
    Billie Barnie‚ veteran manager in the AA and the NL‚ dies at the age of 47. He last managed Brooklyn‚ in 1898.
    July 17 At Brooklyn's Washington Park‚ the Superbas tie the score against the Giants in the 5th. With 2 men on base and the score tied‚ New York captain George Davis takes out pitcher Ed Doheny and brings in rookie Christy Mathewson‚ just brought up from Norfolk where he was 20-2. He hits 3 batters‚ walks 2‚ and gives up 6 runs in a 13-7 loss‚ charged to Doheny. The New York Times says‚ "Matty has lots of speed and gives promise of making his way." Doheny also plunked a batter‚ while Brooklyn's Joe McGinnity hit 2 for a combined 6 in the game‚ a record‚ since tied. McGinnity will hit 40 batters this year.
    July 21 In the last of the 9th at Brooklyn‚ with 2 outs and the score tied at 5-5 with the Reds‚ an intentional walk to Deacon Maguire goes awry. Maguire reaches out and taps a Noodles Hahn pitch‚ but the catcher picks it up‚ then drops it‚ and the winning run scores.
    July 25 The Boston Beaneaters score 13 runs in the first inning against the Cardinals on 10 hits‚ including 2 triples by Buck Freeman‚ and 4 errors. Hughey and Weyhing are equally hit hard by the Boston batters‚ all of whom score at least one run apiece. The game is shortened by rain after 6 innings and Boston wins‚ 18-5. The 13 runs in one inning nearly equals the mark set by Chicago in the 19th century‚ but sets a 20th century mark for the first inning.
    Mathewson makes his 2nd appearance‚ relieving in the 3rd against the Pirates with the score 3-1. The Bucs rattle the rookie for 6 runs in the inning to lead 9-1. Matty gives up another run in his 7 innings‚ as Pittsburgh coasts to victory.
    July 26 Gus Weyhing‚ hit hard yesterday‚ is released by the Cardinals but does not get the 10 days pay he's entitled to. He gets a deputy sheriff to seize the St. Louis share of the gate at Brooklyn‚ but it comes to less than the $100 he's claiming. Weyhing will pitch briefly in 1901 before calling it quits‚ the last gloveless pitcher in the majors.
    July 29 With all the NL teams in the East‚ and no Sunday games allowed‚ 100 players gather in New York City. Their demands are: release of players who are not going to be used rather than farming them out‚ and players to share in the purchase price when they are sold. Says veteran Hughie Jennings‚ "We are not out to fight the owners‚ but to resolve injustices in the contracts."

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    August


    August 2 Following a disputed call in a 7-6 loss to Chicago‚‚ New York manager George Davis leads the crowd in an assault on umpire Terry. Clark Griffith emerges with the win for Chicago.
    August 4 The Cardinals blow a 4-1 lead to the Giants‚ but come back against reliever Christy Mathewson‚ pitching his 3rd straight game in relief‚ to take another lead 8-7 in the 7th. St. Louis wins‚ 9-8‚ with John McGraw scoring the winning run in the 8th‚ handing Matty his first career decision. Matty will go 0-3 as a Giant before returning to Norfolk when the Giants decide not to pay $1500 for him..
    August 11 The Giants tally 4 singles‚ a double‚ and triple in the first 2 innings against the Reds‚ but get only a run out of it. It's enough as they win‚ 1-0.
    August 13 A mechanical pitching gun is used in a game between the Memphis Chicks and the Nashvilles. The invention of Princeton professor Charles Hinton‚ the early pitching machine strikes out 2 and allows 3 hits in two innings.
    August 17 Reds pitcher Bill Phillips punches Phillies batter Roy Thomas after Thomas fouls off a dozen pitches in the 8th inning. Phillips is ejected but the Reds win in the 11th‚ 5-4. Reportedly (as noted by Art Ahrens)‚ Thomas fouled off 22 straight on another occasion. According to Bill James‚ it is Thomas and John McGraw who are chiefly responsible for the NL adopting the foul strike rule next year.
    August 18 Veteran manager Pat Tebeau resigns from the Cards. When 3B John McGraw refuses the job‚ the Robison brothers‚ the St. Louis owners‚ pick Louie Heilbroner‚ the 4' 9" Cardinals business manager‚ to run the team for the remainder of 1900. Many of the players refuse to take orders from the diminutive Heilbroner‚ and it will be John McGraw who is really in command. will return to the front office the following year and in 1910 he will begin publishing The Baseball Blue Book.
    August 19 Milwaukee's Rube Waddell and Chicago White Sox hurler Roy Patterson go 17 innings before Rube wins‚ 2-1 in the first game of a twinbill. Three days earlier‚ the two squared off for 12 innings with Waddell winning‚ 3-2. When Connie Mack offers Rube a few days off to go fishing if he'll pitch the nitecap‚ Rube allows just one hit and wins in 5 innings‚ 1-0.
    Patsy Tebeau quits as the Cardinals manager. John McGraw‚ possibly looking ahead to a possible Baltimore club in the new league‚ turns down the job. Louis Heilbroner replaces Patsy.
    August 20 In the Reds 15-7 pasting of St. Louis‚ Cy Young is knocked out of the box for the 2nd consecutive game. This is a first in his career. The usually taciturn Young charges into the stand after a heckler who accused him of quitting on the team. Young will finish 32 of his 35 starts in compiling a 19-19 record.
    August 25 The Athletics Danny Murphy hits for the cycle in a losing cause as the Browns win‚ 9-6.
    John "Snags" Heidrick is 0-for-3 but swipes 4 bases in St. Louis's 2-0 win over Chicago. Cy Young is the winner.
    Criticism of administration in the NL continues. The Sporting News offers the new AL some editorial encouragement: "An organization opposed to the National League will be welcome because it will mean the elevation of the game if it is successful."
    August 30 Matching Buck Freeman's feat of five weeks ago‚ Brooklyn's Bill Dahlen laces 2 triples of the three triples hit in the 10-run 8th inning as his team beats Philadelphia‚ 14-3. Ex-Brooklynite Dunn takes the beating.
    August 31 Brickyard Kennedy‚ en route to his 4th 20-win season for the Dodgers‚ walks 6 Phillies in a row in the 2nd inning of a 9-4 loss.

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    September


    September 5 While riding on the steps of a crowded streetcar in Philadelphia‚ Phils 3B Harry Wolverton is struck in the head by a pole beside the tracks‚ suffering a possible skull fracture. He recovers and ?nishes his ML career as a player-manager for the Yankees in 1912.
    September 6 At the Polo Grounds‚ the Cardinals jump on Giants starter Ed Doheny‚ scoring 8 runs in the first 3 innings. Christy Mathewson makes his first appearance in a month‚ giving up 3 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings of relief. St. Louis wins‚ 11-4.
    The Philadelphia Phillies gang up on Chicago Colts Nixey Callahan‚ scoring 20 runs on 25 hits‚ both a Chicago club record. Philadelphia wins‚ 20-5. Nixey will have another bad outing on the 11th.
    September 11 The Giants batter P Nixey Callahan for 23 hits in a 14-3 win over the Chicago Colts. In the 2nd game‚ a 3-3 tie called because of darkness after 9 innings‚ Chicago rookie C Johnny Kling debuts with 3-for-4 at the plate.
    September 12 Sammy Strang‚ a rookie 3B‚ breaks in with 7 hits for the Chicago Colts in a doubleheader against the Giants. Chicago catcher Johnny Kling and Giants pitcher Win Mercer collide at the plate in the 7th inning of the 2nd game‚ and Mercer is carried off the field unconscious. Chicago coasts‚ 9-1 in the opener‚ with Mercer the loser to Jock Menefee. New York takes the nitecap‚ 7-6‚ when Dummy Taylor fashions a 7-inning win over Jack Taylor.
    The Chicago White Stockings roll by Cleveland‚ 12-4‚ to clinch the AL's first pennant.
    In the AL‚ Milwaukee takes 2 from Detroit by 2-1 scores‚ each game taking 1 hour‚ 20 minutes‚ the fastest time of the year.
    The Reds commit 17 errors in a doubleheader at Brooklyn‚ losing 7-2 and 13-9‚ the most errors in one day by any team in the 20th century. Iron Man McGinnity closes both games for Brooklyn; he has worked in every game for a week.
    September 13 At the Polo Grounds‚ Christy Mathewson makes his first start‚ pitching a complete game loss to the Colts. Chicago wins‚ 6-5‚ scoring 4 runs in the first‚ thanks to an error by 1B Jack Doyle.
    The Reds manage to make 17 errors in a doubleheader loss to Brooklyn‚ and they should be thankful game 2 is called after 6 1/2 innings on account of darkness. Brooklyn wins the opener‚ 7-2‚ then lose 13-9. In game 1‚ Reds Eustace 'Doc' Newton sets a NL record for pitchers with 4 errors. It will be tied‚ but no one will top Ed Doheney's 5 errors‚ set in 1899.
    September 14 At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants pull off the first triple play of the 20th century in a 5-1 win. With Chicago's Johnny Kling behind the plate‚ Jack DoyleGeorge Davis and Kid Gleason do the deed. It'll be another 10 years before a trifecta is pulled off in the NL.
    September 17 In one of the most blatant sign stealing acts in history Reds SS Tommy Corcoran‚ coaching at 3B in a doubleheader at Philadelphia‚ uncovers a wire in the coaching box that leads across the OF to the Phils' locker room. There‚ reserve C Morgan Murphy reads the opposing catcher's signs and relays them to the Phils' 3B coach 'What's the Use' Chiles by a buzzer hidden in the dirt. Something must work as the Reds lose both games‚ 4-2 and 4-1. The Phils owner will take several weeks before replying to the spy charges.
    September 18 The AL season ends with Chicago 4 games in front. Says the Reach Guide: "Effective pitching and sharp fielding were the rule as only 17 batters hit over .300. There was less disorder in the field than the other league‚ owing to the vigilance of Ban Johnson in protecting umpires."
    September 19 As noted by Joe Dittmar‚ the furor mounts over the Phillies' use of a buzzer device to steal signs and prompts Petie Chiles to get the ball park early and plant a dummy device under the 1B coach's box. Chiles coaches 1B rather than his customary 3B‚ and his suspicious actions prompt the Reds players to start digging there. They find the device‚ but there are no wires attached. The Phils win again‚ 8-7.
    St. Louis C Wilbert Robinson objects to the ump's calling a Brooklyn runner safe at home. He throws the ball at the ump and jabs him in the chest‚ and the umpire reacts by swinging his mask at Robby and throwing him out of the game. Cards captain McGraw refuses to put in another catcher‚ claiming one is injured and the other suspended. The ump forfeits the game to Brooklyn. The Brooklyn fans object to the stoppage of play and President Ebbets refunds money to those who want it.
    September 20 In a 10-4 8-inning win over St. Louis‚ Pittsburgh's Honus Wagner steals 4 bases. Jesse Tannehill is the victor‚ scoring 2 runs, one of them coming on a steal of home.
    September 26 At Boston's South End Grounds‚ Giants reliever Christy Mathewson walks 6 and fails to hold a 7-4 lead‚ and Boston wins‚ 8-7. It is Matty's 3rd loss. The Giants will return the rookie to Norfolk rather than pay $1500‚ and Mathewson will be picked up by Cincinnati for $100.
    Cy Young and Rube Waddell match 4-hitters‚ but Cy's St. Louis team wins over Pittsburgh‚ 4-1.

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    October


    October 3 Brooklyn virtually clinches the NL pennant by winning 2 at Boston‚ 6-4 and 3-1. For manager Ned Hanlon‚ it is his 5th pennant in 7 years.
    October 8 The Chicago Colts and the Cincinnati Reds set a record for ragged fielding that still stands for errors in a doubleheader. Host Chicago boots 17-tying a record-and Cincinnati 8 as the Reds win both ends of a doubleheader 13-4 and 9-1 before 700 fans‚ with the 2nd game called with 2 outs in the top of the 9th because of darkness. In fact‚ Chicago pitcher Jack Taylor is hit in the chest by a line drive off the bat of Tommy Corcoran and needs to be helped to the bench. With no pitcher warmed up‚ and darkness descending umpire Hank O'Day calls the game.
    October 11 The AL announces that in 1901 it intends to put a team in Baltimore led by John McGraw‚ and one in Washington. But they pledge to stay out of Philadelphia and St. Louis unless the NL starts a fight.
    Rube Waddell of Pittsburgh strikes out an NL season-high 12 in a 2-1 win over Chicago. He will lead the league with 130 strikeouts and a 2.37 ERA.
    October 13 Ban Johnson promises to put the following provisions in all player contracts in the AL: no suspensions for more than 10 days; clubs to pay doctor bills for injuries occurring during a game; if a club abandons the league‚ its players become free agents after 10 days; no farming or selling without the player's written consent; no reserve clause for more than 3 years or for less salary than the current year; and binding arbitration for disputes.
    Brooklyn edges the Giants‚ 1-0‚ behind the pitching of Harry Howell. Jennings and Cross double in the 6th for the lone run. The Giants (52-85) finish in 7th place‚ a game ahead of the Reds (52-87).
    October 15 The Pittsburgh Chronicle-Telegraph World Title series between first-place Brooklyn and 2nd- place Pittsburgh begins with a 5-2 win for Joe McGinnity over Rube Waddell. The Superbas win the series‚ the Cup given by the newspapers‚ and half the gate receipts 3 days later. For his efforts‚ which include a league-leading 29 wins and 347 innings pitched‚ McGinnity is given permanent possession of the trophy and a $100 bonus.
    October 20 The Cardinals withhold the final month's pay on all but 5 players‚ including John McGraw and Wilbur Robinson‚ citing late hours‚ dissipation‚ and gambling as reasons for the poor showing of the team‚ which finished tied for 5th.
    October 31 Ban Johnson writes a letter to NL president Nick Young seeking peace‚ based on parity as a major league for the AL.

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    November


    November 14 The NL rejects the AL as an equal‚ declaring it an outlaw league outside of the National Agreement‚ thus inaugurating a state of war. This follows the AL's announcement 2 days ago that it has made arrangements to go into Washington‚ Baltimore and Philadelphia. Two weeks later the AA makes it a 3-way battle.
    November 19 At an AL meeting at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Chicago‚ Ban Johnson says the AL chose not to renew the National Agreement with the NL‚ but sees no need for friction between the two.
    November 21 Given a 10-year contract to control the Baltimore franchise‚ John McGraw says he intends to be in baseball a long time‚ and wants to lease grounds in Baltimore where he can stay. He'll be in baseball 32 more years‚ but not in Baltimore.
    In New York‚ national guardsmen are playing an active schedule of indoor baseball at the New York Armory. The games between regiments teams are widely covered in the press.
    Nick Young says the NL wishes success to the AL‚ but does not consider it a major league.

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    December


    December 10 At the NL meetings at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York‚ rumors fly. Ban Johnson says the AL has signed a lease on a park in Detroit. The Players Protective Association says its members will not sign with the NL.
    December 11 A rumor that the PPA leaders have gone to Philadelphia to meet with Ban Johnson causes NL owners to "have something closely resembling a ?t‚" says the New York Times. Players later admit the meeting took place.
    December 12 The NL considers going back to 12 teams to counter AL moves into some cities. They invite Ban Johnson to come to the NL meeting‚ but change their mind about compromise and leave the AL head outside the meeting room. The NL awards the AL's Minnesota and Kansas City territories to the new Western League‚ even before the AL officially abandons them. The NL agrees to hear the players in a public meeting‚ but rejects all their demands.
    December 14 Suffering from a drop in attendance in 1900‚ NL owners vote to cut costs with a 16-player limit after May 1. The PPA claims the move is aimed at pressuring players into signing by shrinking the number of jobs.
    December 15 Amos Rusie‚ out for the past 2 years with arm problems‚ is traded to the Reds by the Giants for young Christy Mathewson. Though only 30‚ Rusie‚ a future Hall of Fame pitcher‚ will not have the ability that brought him 8 straight 20-win seasons‚ and he will not add to the 245 wins he collected in 9 seasons. Appearing in just 3 games in 1901‚ he will finish with an 0-1 record. Mathewson‚ 0-3 with the Giants but 20-2 with Norfolk (Virginia League)‚ is much coveted by Cincinnati owner John T. Brush‚ who is currently negotiating to buy control of the Giants from the unscrupulous Andrew Freedman. Before he takes over‚ Brush wants Mathewson in place as a Giants' starter‚ rather than the "pitched out" Amos Rusie.

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