1898 August

3rd Playing manager Fred Clarke of Louisville goes 4-for-6, including 2 doubles, in a 12-inning loss at Boston. Cap will be the league leader in 4-hit games with 7.

4th  While Cleveland’s Cy Young is delivering the ball in the 8thinning, Sam Mertes of Chicago steals home to tie the score. Then he drives in the winning run in the 9th, 4–3, to pin the loss on Cy. Frank Isbell is the winner. Cleveland takes the opener, 11–2, as Zeke Wilson cuts down Chicago’s Walt Woods.

The Senators, playing without the league’s top hitter Duke Farrell (.390), manage a split with the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers. Farrell crushed the 2nd finger on his right hand in the door of a smoker on the train, and will be out for two weeks. His place in CF is taken by Al “Butts” Wagner, Honus’s brother, who hits a 2-run HR, his only four bagger in the ML, a double and scores 3 runs in the 9-5 nightcap win. Bill Dinneen strikes out 8. The Dodgers take the a.m. game, 4-3.

John Gaffney, former “King of the Umpires”, who has signed an abstinence pledge, returns to the arbiter’s role with former player-manager Tom Brown, to handle the Baltimore-Philadelphia holiday twinbill.

5th  With the agreement of Atlantic League president Ed Barrow, Lizzie (Stroud) Arlington pitches an inning for Reading against Allentown. The lady hurler gives up two hits but no runs in the first appearance of a woman in organized baseball.

6th  Arlie Pond pitches Baltimore to a 15–0 win over Philadelphia in his last game before entering the Army Medical Corps as an assistant surgeon.

Three New England teams disband and the league collapses. This is one of several minor leagues which are closing because of the war and lack of patronage.

7th  Criticized for being unable “to handle men in the up-to-day style,” Cap Anson resigns as Giants manager with a 9-13 record. Bill Joyce is reappointed on the same day.

8th  Frank “Red” Donahue, of the Phillies, no-hits the visiting Beaneaters 5–0, allowing just 4 base runners. The only baserunner to reach second is Herman Long, who walks and swipes. It is the 2nd no-hitter pitched against the champs this season. Donahue’s no-hitter will have to sustain the hometown fans for some time: there will be no no-hitters in Philley in the 20th century.

Bill Joyce returns as Giants manager and New York celebrates with a 10–1 win over Brooklyn. Joyce replaces Cap Anson, who was 9–13 in his 22 games as manager and who failed to get the support of owner Andrew Freedman. The Giants purchase the aggressive and versatile Jack Doyle from Washington. Having recovered from a bout of malaria, he will be used in the outfield, at short, and at first base.

9th  The Phillies sell versatile veteran Jack Boyle to the Giants, the team that had traded him to Philadelphia five years earlier. New York will return the unused Boyle to the Phillies on August 15. Boyle is the first player to catch over 500 games and play at least two other seasons at first base (458 games): Joe Torre will be the next. “Honest Jack” also played all the other infield positions as well as outfield.

11th Led by Klondike Douglas, the Phillies beat Cleveland, 9-3. Klondike hits two 3-run doubles, connecting in the 2nd and 6thinnings, to tie the ML record set by Bob Gilks in 1890.

14th Nick Altrock, a young lefty who won 16 at Grand Rapids (WA), makes a modest beginning in relief for the Colonels in a 9–1 rout by Boston.

Brooklyn pitcher Bill Kennedy gives a well-rounded effort against Pittsburgh, holding them to 3 hits, getting 2 himself, and having 6 assists in a 4–1 victory.

Reds manager Buck Ewing, frustrated when the Orioles tie the game in the 9th, throws a ball over the grandstand and is expelled. The game ends in a 12-inning 5-5 tie.

15th  In Baltimore, Chicago 3B Barry McCormick accuses his team’s 1B, Bill Everett, of making a rotten throw, sparking a fist fight. A Baltimore spectator, trying to intervene, is hit. McCormick withdraws from the game, and the Orioles win, 10–9.

20th  Joe Corbett, the Baltimore hurler who has been holding out all season for a higher salary, spars with brother Jim, heavyweight champion of the world, to prepare him for his fight with Kid McCoy. Joe Corbett, who won 24 games in 1897, will not pitch in the majors again till 1904.

21st The first non-holiday scheduled doubleheaders are played in six NL cities (as noted by Charlie Bevis). The leading Cincinnati Reds split with the Nationals in Washington, while the second place Beaneaters beat St. Louis, 7-1, in a single game. The 3rd-place Spiders take a pair from the host Baltimores.

22nd  Amos Rusie edges Pittsburgh’s Frank Killen 1–0 in 13 innings at New York.

23rd   President Nick Young defends the double umpire system, saying the umpires are not protected as much as in past years, and do not have to be shifted as frequently. Travel costs are reduced. His office has received just 25 percent of the complaints of the previous year.

25th The Giants forfeit a game to Baltimore in the 4th on orders from President Freedman. He is offended by personal remarks from Orioles LF Ducky Holmes, who used to play for Freedman. Holmes will be suspended, Baltimore will demand its share of the gate receipts, and the controversy will continue for several months.

28th  Louisville star Honus Wagner leads the Colonels to their 8thstraight win by hitting his first grand slam, in the 1st, and driving in 5 runs. Louisville pins the 6–4 loss on New York ace Amos Rusie. Despite the streak, the Colonels are just 32–55.

29th  Faced with a labor boycott in Cleveland, the Spiders transfer their series against Baltimore to Philadelphia.

Baltimore appeals to the NL board of directors for its share of gate receipts for the July 25 game forfeited by New York. Baltimore feels a $1000 penalty should be instituted against New York.

Aggressive Bill Dahlen, notorious umpire baiter, is banished by freshman arbiter Tommy Connolly for “kicking.” He and hot-tempered Cleveland manager Patsy Tebeau will lead the league in this category with 6 expulsions.

31st  In the first 85 games, Cleveland has played 21 errorless games, and 21 others with only one miscue, considered a “remarkable fielding record.”

At Chicago, the Orphans beat the Senators, 7-4, to complete a three-game sweep. Washington’s Kip Selbach gets thumbed by umpire Pop Snyder and then is told to leave the bench because of “sarcastic laughter” (Chicago Tribune).


1st  Philadelphia’s sensational rookie, southpaw Wiley Piatt, blanks Cleveland, 1–0, with a 4-hitter for the 2nd time. He will tally 24 wins and a league-leading 6 shutouts.

3rd President Young releases a statement on the Freedman-Holmes matter, saying essentially that if the 2 clubs do not work out a solution on the gates receipts he will call a meeting of the board of directors and adjudicate the matter.

4th The Orphans suffer their first shutout in 90 games played, a 5–0 whitewash by Doc McJames of Baltimore. The Orioles lead the league in shutouts with 10 and have shut out the hard hitting Beaneaters 7 times.

5th In Chicago’s 5–0 whitewash of Baltimore, Bill Dahlen, 2B Jim Connor, and 1B Bill Everett execute a triple play.

6th Walter Thornton has good fielding support from his Chicago mates and beats Donahue and the Phillies, 1–0, in 11 innings.

7th Pitcher Cy Seymour collects 4 hits for New York and defeats St. Louis, 12–1.

10th  Second-place Boston wins a doubleheader 7–4 and 6–5 from the league-leading Reds.

11th Lefty Frank Killen, released by Pittsburgh, hurls Washington to a 4–1 win over New York.

12th The Treaty of Paris ends the Spanish-American War.

15th  Only 200 fans watch the 11th-place Senators defeat the 12th-place St. Louis Browns in Washington 10–2.

The NL Board of directors recommends that Holmes be suspended for the rest of the season and that New York, which has not provided gate receipts to Baltimore for the July 25 game, pay a $1000 fine to the Orioles.

16th  Boston moves into first place, as Kid Nichols downs Chicago, 5–4, and the Giants’ Amos Rusie shuts out Cincinnati, 4–0, The Reds held the lead for 98 days

21st  Walter Thornton of Chicago, a part-time OF, pitches a 2–0 no-hitter over Brooklyn and collects 2 hits.

The Sporting Life calculates that NL right-handed pitchers have won 408 games and lost 397 for a .506 percentage. Lefties are at 163-174 for a .484.

22nd The Baltimore club, based on the direction of the NL board, suspends Holmes. A number of club owners as well as newspapers feel the suspension is too harsh. Holmes’ lawyer will serve a write of injunction on the Baltimore club restraining the Orioles from suspending Holmes until he has a court hearing.

In the Phillies 18-9 victory over Louisville, Bill Douglass scores 5 times.

25th The NL Board of directors, bowing to public pressure, and the advice of a majority of owners, rescinds the suspension of Holmes. The recommendation that Freedman pay Baltimore a $1000 fine is not changed.

26th  Cleveland plays its final home game of the season and only their 4th in Cleveland since July 9th. With 83 of their final 87 games on the road, the team has earned nicknames such as the Nomads, Exiles, Misfits, and Wanderers.

27th  Hughey Jennings, the Orioles SS, has 10 assists in a 6–2 victory at St. Louis. The most for the season will be 561 by the Reds’ Tommy Corcoran.

28th  Umpire Bob Emslie is too ill to continue after the first game between Baltimore and St. Louis. Orioles Manager Ned Hanlon recommends that Browns’ manager Tim Hurst, a former NL umpire, officiate in the 2nd game. The Orioles win 6–2, but “Tiny Tim” is cheered by the crowd.

Brooklyn and Cleveland play at a neutral field in Rochester, NY. Jack Dunn defeats Jack Powell, 7-5. Fielder Jones his an inside-the-park home run, his first HR of the season.

30th  The New York Press, concerned about scuffles among players, umpires, and managers and the deterioration of baseball, calls for the return of A. G. Spalding. Before his retirement, “he worked so long and well to place it upon a high plane.”

Chicago’s Clark Griffith, who will top NL hurlers with an 1.88 ERA, throws a three-hit 1–0 shutout at the Giants.