1897 August

1st  In St. Louis, the Colonels take the first of two games, 31, with Horace McFarland umpiring. McFarland, however, cannot ump game 2 because of an injury and players Red Donohue and Charlie Dexter are appointed in McFarland’s place. Louisville is winning 5–4, with St. Louis at bat in the last of the 9th. After Tuck Turner fouls a pitch out of play, substitute umpire Donahue gives a new ball to pitcher Herb Cunningham, who promptly rolls it in the dirt. Donahue objects and gives him another ball. Five fresh balls are given the same treatment. Umpire Donahue then forfeits the game to St. Louis. The NL office will reverse the forfeit in a few weeks time.

2nd  Baltimore retakes 2nd place from the Reds with their 22ndstraight win over Philadelphia, 4–2. The Athletics will gain their first win over the Orioles in nearly 2 years tomorrow.

Despite 5 runs scored by Mike Griffin, Brooklyn loses 9-8 to New York. This is the first time a player has scored 5 times in a losing cause.

3rd Boston players present a horseshoe of roses to Giants manager Bill Joyce before the game, then beat the Giants, 3-2.

4th At Cincinnati, umpire Tim Hurst makes a decision against the home team in the 2nd inning of game 2 and a fan rolls an empty beer glass onto the field Hurst promptly picks it up and hurls it back into the stands and an unfortunate fan is hit and cut seriously. A patty wagon arrives and Hurst is arrested for assault and battery and will receive a suspension for the incident. Red Bittman takes his place behind the plate and the game is called at the end of 6 with the score tied at 4 apiece. In game 1, Tommy Corcoran scores 5 runs as the Reds roll over Pittsburgh, 14-3.

In the Cleveland-Louisville doubleheader, the Colonels win the opener on a forfeit when Jesse Burkett is thumbed out of the game when he calls umpire Wolf a “vile name.” Manager Tabeau, no patsy, refuses to replace him and Wolf calls a forfeit. “The indians played as if they did not care whether school was kept or not in the second game and the colonels won easily” (Boston Globe) by a 7-4 score. In the 9th inning Burkett again call the ump a name and is thrown out for the second time today. When he refuses to leave Wolf calls two policemen and Burkett is forcibly ejected.

At Chicago, pitcher Callahan is nixed in his try for a win when he walks two in the 9th and throws a wild pitch. The Cardinals win, 13-12. Lange has 4 hits and 5 runs for Chicago, the second time a player has scored 5 times in a losing cause; Griffin did it two days ago.

5th  Duff Cooley gets half of the Philadelphia Nationals 10 hits and 3 of their 5 runs to lead them to a 5–4, 12-inning win over New York. Philadelphia infielder Lave Cross makes 15 assists in the game to set a ML record that will stand alone for 85 years. Rick Burleson will match it in 1982 in a 20-inning game.

In a frustrating loss, the Beaneaters drop an 9-4 decision to the visiting Baltimore Orioles. Boston has 18 runners left on base, setting a NL record that will be tied but not topped in the 20thcentury. The A.A. record is 18 left on base, set by Baltimore in 1891

6th  In Boston, the Beaneaters edge the Orioles 6–5. In the 8thinning, umpire Lynch loses his temper and strikes Baltimore 1B Jack Doyle on the jaw. It takes the Boston police 10 minutes to restore order. LF Hugh Duffy saves the game for the league leaders by throwing out a runner at home in the bottom of the 9th.

For the first time in minor league play, three players hit successive homers as Detroit’s Harry Steinfieldt, Davis and Macauley connect against Kansas City (Western League).

7th  The Beaneaters defeat Baltimore for the 2nd straight time, winning 4-2, and drop the Orioles back into 3rd place.

9th  Jimmy Ryan, Chicago outfielder, is forced to sit out today’s game because someone stole his shoes. With Ryan sitting, the Colts still beat Louisville, 3-2.

Pitcher Joe Corbett (Gentleman Jim’s brother) becomes so upset at his teammate Jack Doyle’s nagging during a Brooklyn rally in the 3rd inning that he loses his temper, throws away the ball and walks to the locker room. Baltimore finally loses the game, 16-9. Corbett is the leading Oriole pitcher with a record of 16-6.

12th  Baltimore regains 2nd place with an 11–7 victory over its favorite opponent, Philadelphia.

13th  Before a ladies day crowd, Chicago’s Clark Griffith posts his first career shutout, beating Cincinnati 2–0, for his 104th win of his career. He has to “forget his superstition” (Chicago Tribune) about throwing shutouts as well as overcoming the fact that it is Friday the 13th. He gets help from Bill Lange whose two “frantic dashes” produced both runs. Lange scores the first on a single, stolen base, ground out and sac fly. The final run comes when Lange, stealing second when Anson hits a line drive, scores from first base.

14th     Today is Bid McPhee Day in Cincinnati and the 16-year veteran receives a check for $1500. The Reds split a pair with the visiting Pirates, losing 7-5 before winning 8-1.

Baltimore beats Brooklyn, 12-3, as Willie Keeler has 5 hits.

18th Baltimore pastes the Brooklyns 6–2, to follow up yesterday’s 12–3 win.

19th  The Orioles lose the first of 2 consecutive shutouts to Cleveland, breaking their 9-game winning streak. Cy Young shuts them out, 3-0.

The first-place Beaneaters sink the Pirates, 16-1, as Hugh Duffy hits a grand slam in the 1st inning off Pink Hawley.

At Eastern Park, Brooklyn tops St. Louis 13–5 to move into sole possession of 10th place in the 12-team league. They had been tied with Washington for the 10th spot.

21st Losing 12-7 with two out in the last of the 9th, Boston puts together two singles, three doubles and a Pat Donovan error to score six runs and beat the Pirates, 13-12. Boston maintains a three-game lead in the flag race.

23rd After Brooklyn wins game 1, 12–6, over the Pirates, Bill Kennedy completes the sweep with a 1–0 shutout. Umpire Tim Hurst is struck on the left temple with a foul tip and knocked out in the 5th inning. After 15 minutes he recovers and finishes the game.

27th  Roger Bresnahan, an 18-year-old player who will ultimately become a Hall of Fame catcher, pitches a shutout in his ML debut for Washington, allowing St. Louis 6 hits while winning 3–0. He will win 3 more games before rejecting a contract he feels is unworthy of his talent and going home to Toledo.

Baltimore sweeps a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds, winning 5-0 and 5-2, and takes over first place by 4 percentage points, .683 to .679, when Boston loses to Cleveland, 10-4.

At Philadelphia, Nap Lajoie shows up intoxicated for the game with Pittsburgh and, after his error in the first inning allows 2 runs, is suspended. Pittsburgh wins, 6-5.

In a 9-4 loss, Louisville rookie Honus Wagner hits his first ML homer, driving a Jack Dunn pitch over the RF fence at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. Dunn will later achieve fame as the owner of the Baltimore Orioles when he signs Babe Ruth to a contract.

28th At Brooklyn, the Colonels take a pair, winning 11-5 and 6-5. Pitcher Chick Fraser has a grand slam for Louisville in the opener, connecting off Brickyard Kennedy in the 6th.

29th in the Western League, St. Paul doubles up on two Grand Rapids pitchers, winning 32-16. Frank Isbell has two singles and two homeruns.

30th In New York, the Colts are leading 7–5 after 8 innings when Colts manager Cap Anson, leading off the 9th, argues that it is too dark to continue. Umpire Bob Emslie tells Anson to hit and, after a strike is called, Anson protests so loudly that he is tossed, joining the Chicago subs in the club house. He refuses to allow a pinch hitter and Emslie rules an out against Chicago. Chicago then scores 3 runs for a woolworth lead, 10-5, and in the bottom of the 9th, takes the field without a left fielder (LF George Decker moves to Anson’s spot at 1B). Finally a figure [pitcher Dan Friend], dressed in a bathrobe and cap, emerges from the club house and takes his place in left. After two outs, Giants manager Scrappy Bill Joyce protests that Friend has no uniform on under the robe. At that point, Emslie throws up his hands and calls the game on account of darkness. Chicago wins, 7–5.