April 1900

2nd  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.

12th 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.”

13th  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.”

19th  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 (since tied) three by pinch hitters, in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game at 17 apiece. Pinchhitter Jack Barry establishes a record with two hits in the inning. 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 9thinnings. 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.

20th Rube Waddell causes a sensation when he punches out a “masher” in a theatre.

21st 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.

25th In Cincinnati, Honus Wagner cracks 3 doubles but the Pirates still lose, 9–8.

26th  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 Davis, Kid 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 Doyle, Mike Grady, and Al Gelbach are fined $5 each, but no forfeit is called.

28th  Make that Hitter Jones. Fielder Jones hits a grand slam to lead Brooklyn to a 10-1 victory over Boston. It will be the lone grand slam in the NL this season, something that will not happen again in the league until 1920.

30th  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.