1898 May

1st  The Board of Discipline of the National Baseball League adopts a set of rules to suppress rowdy ball playing. John T. Brush said the resolution, which he proposed, “has worked like a charm.”

3rd  Brooklyn’s Jimmy Sheckard hits a HR, 2 triples, and a single in a 9–6 defeat of Philadelphia. Eleven total bases will be the season’s one-game high mark.

4th  Nap Lajoie of the Phillies goes 0-for-4 after 22 hits in the first 11 games.

5th  Baltimore manager Ned Hanlon sends a nasty letter to the league president, Nick Young, for scheduling a single game in New York. The Orioles arrived for the game, but were rained out, and Hanlon paid for the futile trip “without receiving a penny.”

6th Brooklyn scores 6 runs in the 9th inning and defeats Washington, 10–9.

7th Depressed after a series of rainouts, Baltimore manager Hanlon is rejuvenated by the news of Admiral Dewey’s victory at Manila Bay. “When Dewey comes back to America, he can have anything he wants from the National League.” He proposes free annual passes to the Admiral and his men for “all baseball grounds in the country.”

8th  Rookie Harry Steinfeldt, the “wonder from Wonderville,” replaces injured Bid McPhee at 2B for the Reds, gets 3 hits against Louisville, and handles 9 chances afield. The Reds win, 7-1.

9th Boston, the 1897 champions, is playing only .500 ball. Rookie Jim Hughes shuts them out on 2 hits, while the Orioles pile up 13 runs against Kid Nichols.

10th  Amos Rusie of the Giants sets down Brooklyn on one hit and wins 5–0.

The game in Philadelphia is cancelled because of snow (SportingLife calls it “rain.”) To date, 68 NL games have been postponed because of rain or snow.

11th  With the bases full and one out, Oriole RF Tommy O’Brien muffs Bobby Lowe’s short fly, recovers the ball, runs in, tags Jimmy Collins at 2B, and steps on the bag to force Chick Stahl and complete an unassisted DP. Batting first, Boston beats the visiting Orioles, 8-4.

12th After being shut out twice by Jim Hughes of Baltimore, Boston lands on the young hurler for a 15–6 blowout. Herman Long lives up to his name with a grand slam in the 6th. As a result, Cincinnati moves past the Orioles into first place.

Cy Seymour pitches and bats the Giants to a 6–3 win over Brooklyn. He fans eight and hits a HR and a triple.

14th Manager Bill Joyce hits two home runs off Gus Weyhing and leads the Giants to a 6–2 win over Washington.

17th  Boston’s Ted Lewis, a graduate of Williams College, shuts out Brooklyn, 12–0, giving up only one hit, a 9th-inning single, to opposing hurler Joe Yeager.

18th Chicago pitcher Walter Thornton has a bad control day as hits 3 consecutive batters in the 4th in an 11–4 loss to St. Louis. Willie Sudhoff is the winner, while former Colt player George Decker has 4 hits. Thornton’s 3 HBPs in a row is a ML record.

19th  Jake Beckley, Reds 1B, hits 3 consecutive triples off Kid Nichols in a 5–4 win over Boston.

Pitcher Frank Kitson makes his debut with Baltimore and blanks Pittsburgh, 6–0, on 4 hits.

Brooklyn sells John Anderson to Washington. After the season Brooklyn will successfully argue that Anderson was just a “loan” and he will return to the Superbas.

21st Have you thought about the outfield, Cy? Before 5,000 in St. Louis, Cy Seymour walks 10 batters as St. Louis romps over the Giants, 14-5. Seymour also contributes 3 errors in the 6th inning to set a NL record. Jack Taylor is the winner. Jaimie Navarro will tie Seymour’s record in 1996.

22nd  A 9th-inning scratch single by Brooklyn batter Fielder Jones breaks up a no-hit effort by Chick Fraser of Louisville, who wins 3–0.

23rd The Eastern League, struggling to stay alive, cuts all rosters to 15 players.

24th  The highest run total of the season is scored in a 15–13 Oriole defeat of the Orphans in Chicago. The pitcher yields 36 hits, 10 walks, 2 wild pitches, and 3 hit batsmen.

Pitcher Clark Griffith of Chicago, ejected from the Baltimore game, spews obscene language at umpire Tom Lynch, who threatens him with the Board of Discipline. Sporting Life notes “the only witness appears to be catcher Bowerman of Baltimore, who is hardly likely to testify against Griffith.”

25th  Chicago scores 20 runs off rookie Frank Kitson of Baltimore, who pitched a shutout in his debut May 19th. The game is called after 7 innings with Chicago winning, 20–4.

30th  Cincinnati OF Elmer Smith, a former pitcher, is blanked after hitting in 30 consecutive games dating from Opening Day. The Reds defeat Ralph Miller of Brooklyn 7–2.

31st President Nick Young, in Cincinnati, says he is disappointed with the lower attendance at league games. He blames it on poor playing weather and the excitement over the war with Spain.