1896 August

2nd  Still Bill Hill’s 2-hitter helps Louisville edge Chicago 2–1. In the 6th inning Billy Clingman, in a failed attempt to score the game’s first run, spikes Chicago C Tim Donahue. Donahue attempts to retaliate by throwing the ball at Clingman but is prevented from doing so. Chicago’s George Decker fails to hit safely ending his 26-game hit streak.

6th  Cincinnati’s Frank Dwyer defeats Pittsburgh 4–2 for his 13thconsecutive win. He’ll win 24.

Philadelphia jumps to a 10–0 lead over Brooklyn, but the Bridegrooms charge back, scoring 2 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th to claim a well-earned 11–10 victory.

8th  paced by Joe Kelley’s 5 runs, Baltimore defeats Washington 21–16. Each team hits exactly the same number of singles as its run total, with the 37 singles establishing a still-standing ML record for a 9-inning game. Baltimore star John McGraw makes his first appearance of the season when he pinch-hits in the 3rd. McGraw has been sidelined with typhoid fever. The New York Clipper box score for the game credits the Orioles with only 20 singles (plus 3 doubles and a HR), not 21. The record claimed for singles in this game may be suspect.

9th  New York announces that Manager Arthur Irwin is going on “vacation” for the rest of the season so that the newly acquired Bill Joyce can take over the managerial reins.

10th  The Orioles take sole possession of first place for the first time since July 4th, with their 10th straight win, an 11–4 decision over Washington.

11th  Cincinnati suffers its first shutout of the season in a 6–0 setback to Chicago.

12th  Napoleon Lajoie, who batted .429 in the New England league, makes his ML debut for the Philadelphia Phillies. He goes 1-for-5 in a 9–0 win over Washington.

13th  After losing to Brooklyn the 2 previous games, Baltimore gains revenge by scoring 10 runs in the first inning and continuing the onslaught to beat the Bridegrooms 19–3.

15th  In attempting to tag out Brooklyn’s rookie Fielder Jones at 2B, Herman Long accidentally spikes him just above the right eye. Jones is safe, but the Bridegrooms lose to Boston 8–3. Jones is not seriously hurt.

17th  Baltimore wins a pair of one-run games from Philadelphia 3–2 and 16–15. The Orioles score 8 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win the nightcap.

19th  Cincinnati retakes first place with a 9–7 triumph over Boston, while Baltimore loses by the same score to St. Louis.

Philadelphia becomes the 2nd team in 6 days to score 10 runs in the first inning. Ed Delahanty contributes a grand slam, off Chick Fraser. Not surprisingly, they defeat last place Louisville 15–0 behind the pitching of Kid Carsey. It is the Phillies third shutout in a week as they rack up three for the season.

Cleveland sweeps a pair from Washington, winning 13–6 and 7–2. Washington SS DeMontreville makes Cupid look stupid as he catches Childs with a hidden ball trick.

21st  Baltimore takes over first place for good with a 7–0 win over St. Louis, while Cincinnati loses 10–9 to Boston. For the Reds, it is the start of an 11-gamed losing streak. They’ll finish 3rd behind Cleveland, which will play Baltimore for the Temple Cup.

25th  Ted Breitenstein pitches and hits the Browns to an 8-7 win over Philadelphia, following a game 1 loss, 9-4. Breitenstein goes 5-for-5, with a run scored.

26th  The Reds drop to 2 ½ games behind first-place Baltimore when the Orioles top them, 14-3. Joe Kelley hits a grand slam for the O’s, connecting off Frank Foreman in the 8th.

29th  At New York, the Spiders take the first of two games, 3-1. New York wins the second game, 4–1 behind a grand slam by George Davis in the 1st, off Cy Young. It is the first grand slam hit off Cy.

31st  Washington’s Win Mercer shuts out Chicago 1–0 in 11 innings for the first Senators shutout since September 17, 1893.