1899 August

1st  Pitcher Jack Powell’s HR in the 14th inning gives St. Louis an exciting 8–7 win over Boston. The drive off Kid Nichols goes beyond CF Billy Hamilton and Powell beats the relay. The fans carry Powell to the clubhouse. The Perfectos rally to tie in the 10thand 12th innings before winning in the 14th. Emmet Heidrick has 4 hits for St. Louis.

In a game between the Colonels and the Giants in Louisville, Honus Wagner steals 2B, 3B and home in the 4th inning. He is the first to accomplish this under the rule change of 1898 that differentiates between advanced bases and stolen bases. Louisville wins, 7-1.

2nd Pitcher Bert Cunningham hits a grand slam as Louisville edges the visiting Giants, 7-6. Bill Carrick serves up the homer in the 5th.

5th Sporting Life says “Martin Bergen, Boston’s great catcher, does not drink, chew, or smoke; yet he is the hardest man in the league to manage. He is a crank of cranks and, moreover, has the persecution mania.” Early next year, Bergen will kill his wife and three children and then take his own life.

6th  The three-year old Atlantic League disbands. President Ed Barrow will take over the Toronto club of the Eastern League.

7th  Vic Willis of Boston pitches a one-hitter, beating Washington 7–1. However, the Associated Press calls it a no-hitter. The controversial hit was by Bill Dinneen, the opposing hurler. Ultimately the record books would carry it as a no-hitter. Washington helps out as Willis retires the side on 3 pitches in the 2nd inning (as noted by Bill Deane).

The Giants release Mike Tiernan, their fading star, who has been with the team 13 years.

8th The Giants edge visiting Louisville, 5-4, in 10 innings and the Giants outfield goes into the record books by accepting no fielding chances. It will happen in the AL just once, in 1905.

9th Trailing 11–7, the Reds rally for a 14–13 win over eventual 1899 champion Brooklyn. Cincy scores 7 runs in the 8th after two are out.

Going into the 9th, the Pirates trail the Phillies, 8-6, and that’s when it gets interesting as the Phillies score 6 runs in the 9th to overcome an offensive display by the Pirates Ginger Beaumont. The Pirates score 3 times when Bill Magee throws wildly on a bases loaded bunt by Patsy Donovan and 3 runs score. Orth relieves and allows 4 runs and the Corsairs take a 14-8 lead. But Frank Bowerman has two doubles in the 9th inning as consecutive hits score 6 runs for the Phils as they win, 14-13. The 13 runs by both teams is short of the record 14 that Baltimore laid on Boston on April 24, 1894 and 3 short of the record 17 runs in the 9th inning of Boston-New York game (June 6, 1912). Five Phillie hitters collect 3 hits as the team tallies 21. For Pittsburgh, Beaumont has a single and 4 long hits, including a record-tying 3 triples. His 27 triples will lead the NL.

10th  After a wild 7-4 loss to Baltimore, St. Louis manager Patsy Tebeau swears at an abusive spectator, and the latter has him arrested and fined.

11th  Brickyard Kennedy triumphs over Bert Cunningham and Brooklyn beats Louisville 1–0 on a HBP and a steal of home by Bill Dahlen in the 2nd inning. Dahlen also stole home in 1897 for the only run of the game.

12th  The grandstand at Louisville’s Eclipse Park burns down. The Colonels will try and make do with a temporary stand.

The Giants sell pitcher Jouett Meekin to Boston for $3,500. Meekin averaged 25 wins a year from 1894-98, but had slipped to 5–11 this season.

The Reds sweep a twinbill from Boston by 7–2 scores, and set a Cincinnati club record by winning 12 in a row.

14th The season’s 4th triple play is executed by the Reds against Boston. In the first inning, with the bases full, Harry Steinfeldt spears Collins’ liner, tags 3B, and throws to McPhee at 2B, retiring Tenney. Boston still wins, 8-3, to stay 2 ½ games behind leading Brooklyn.

15th “Brewery Jack” Taylor pitches the visiting Reds to a 1–0 win over Boston.

Louisville beats New York and Ed Doheny, 9-5. Doheny is wild, walking 7 and hitting one, but he strikes out 8, including Louisville pitcher Pete Dowling, who strikes out a ML record 5 times (consecutive). Doheny also puts his name in the record books by making 5 errors, all on throws to 1B on bunts.

16th At Boston, Louisville and Boston split a doubleheader. Louisville wins game 1, 3-0, behind Deacon Phillippe’s 3-hitter. Charlie Hickman walks 13 in game 2, but wins 12-4, allowing 4 hits.

18th In a 4-2 loss at Brooklyn, Cleveland pulls off a triple play, going 4-3-6: Joe Quinn to Tommy Tucker to Harry Lochhead.

20th  Socks Seybold, powerful slugger from the Atlantic League, makes his debut with Cincinnati. He makes 3 errors in the outfield in a 10–1 loss to St. Louis.

Trailing 7-5 in the bottom of the 9th, the White Sox load the bases for Sam Mertes who delivers a walk-off triple. The Sox beat Cleveland, 8-7.

The Phillies release Bill Magee who made a crucial error in the 9thinning 10 days ago.

22nd  Washington OF Buck Freeman, the league’s leading HR hitter with 15, pitches the last 3 innings of a 15–5 loss to Baltimore.

23rd St. Louis edges Chicago, 8–7, as Mike Donlin is 4-for-6 with 2 runs and a stolen base.

Honey, I’m home. The Cleveland Spiders conclude the longest road trip in ML history—50 games in 52 days—with a 13-3 loss at Louisville (as noted by Bob Tiemann). The Spiders were 6-44 during their extended trip. Things won’t change much at home as they lose tomorrow to the visiting New York squad, 6-2. The two other road trips of 50 or more days were both by Cleveland: in 1884 and last season.

24th  Cy Young pitches his 3rd consecutive shutout, allowing the hard-hitting Phillies only 3 hits in a 5–0 win.

27th  In the first of two, St. Louis pastes the visiting Washington club, 16–2, as rookie Emmet Heidrick contributes 3 singles, a double, two steals and is hit by a pitch. Washington turns it around in the second game, winning 15-9.

28th  For the 2nd time in a month, St. Louis star Jesse Burkett belts two inside-the-park homers in a game. He did in on July 29th. He adds a triple but it is not enough as St. Louis loses to Washington, 14–12. With a doubleheader yesterday, Burkett has 10 hits in his last 15 at bats. Bobby Wallace contributes three homers in the three-game 50-hit barrage.

After the Giants take the first game, 6-4, the host Orphans are victorious in game two, 11-3. Bill Everett hits a grand slam in the 5th, off Charlie Gettig, to power Chicago.

29th The Cleveland Spiders conclude a 7-game home stand with a doubleheader loss to New York, 9-1 and 11-3. The Spiders will play the next 36 games on the road, winning one.

31st John McGraw’s 23-year-old wife dies following surgery for appendicitis. Her funeral, with Ned Hanlon, Willie Keeler, Joe Kelley, and Hughey Jennings participating as pallbearers, would be one of the largest in Baltimore history.