1900 August

2nd  Following a disputed call in a 7–6 loss to Chicago, New York manager George Davis leads the crowd in an assault on umpire Terry. Clark Griffith emerges with the win for Chicago.

3rd  At Milwaukee, Cleveland pitcher Ed Scott homers in the top of the 10th off Bill Reidy to win his own game, 8-7. It comes in his last ML at bat (as noted by Bill Deane).

4th  The Cardinals blow a 4–1 lead to the Giants, but come back against reliever Christy Mathewson, pitching his 3rd straight game in relief, to take another lead 8–7 in the 7th. St. Louis wins, 9–8, with John McGraw scoring the winning run in the 8th, handing Matty his first career decision. Matty will go 0–3 as a Giant before returning to Norfolk when the Giants decide not to pay $1500 for him.

8th  At Chicago, the Phillies top the Orphans, 5-3, overcoming 4 stolen bases by Jimmy Ryan.

11th The Giants tally 4 singles, a double, and triple in the first 2 innings against the Reds, but get only a run out of it. It’s enough as they win, 1–0.

13th A mechanical pitching gun is used in a game between the Memphis Chicks and the Nashvilles. The invention of Princeton professor Charles Hinton, the early pitching machine strikes out 2 and allows 3 hits in two innings.

17th  Reds pitcher Bill Phillips punches Phillies batter Roy Thomas after Thomas fouls off a dozen pitches in the 8th inning. Phillips is ejected but the Reds win in the 11th, 5–4. Reportedly (as noted by Art Ahrens), Thomas fouled off 22 straight on another occasion. According to Bill James, it is Thomas and John McGraw who are chiefly responsible for the NL adopting the foul strike rule next year.

18th  Veteran manager Pat Tebeau resigns from the Cards. When 3B John McGraw refuses the job, the Robison brothers, the St. Louis owners, pick Louie Heilbroner, the 4’ 9” Cardinals business manager, to run the team for the remainder of 1900. Many of the players refuse to take orders from the diminutive Heilbroner, and it will be John McGraw who is really in command. will return to the front office the following year and in 1910 he will begin publishing The Baseball Blue Book.

19th Milwaukee’s Rube Waddell and Chicago White Sox hurler Roy Patterson go 17 innings before Rube wins, 2–1 in the first game of a twinbill. Three days earlier, the two squared off for 12 innings with Waddell winning, 3–2. When Connie Mack offers Rube a few days off to go fishing if he’ll pitch the nitecap, Rube allows just one hit and wins in 5 innings, 1–0.

Patsy Tebeau quits as the Cardinals manager. John McGraw, possibly looking ahead to a possible Baltimore club in the new league, turns down the job. Louis Heilbroner replaces Patsy.

20th  In the Reds 15–7 pasting of St. Louis, Cy Young, coping with a bruised rib after a collision with the Giants’ Ed Doheny, is knocked out of the box for the 2nd consecutive game. This is a first in his career. The usually taciturn Young charges into the stand after a heckler who accused him of quitting on the team. The heckler apologizes. Young will finish 32 of his 35 starts in compiling a 19–19 record.

25th  The Athletics Danny Murphy hits for the cycle in a losing cause as the Browns win, 9–6.

Emmet “Snags” Heidrick is 0-for-3 but swipes 4 bases—including stealing third twice with two outs—in St. Louis’s 2–0 win over Chicago. Cy Young is the winner.

Criticism of administration in the NL continues. The Sporting News offers the new AL some editorial encouragement: “An organization opposed to the National League will be welcome because it will mean the elevation of the game if it is successful.”

30th Matching Buck Freeman’s feat of five weeks ago, Brooklyn’s Bill Dahlen laces 2 triples of the three triples hit in the 10-run 8thinning as his team beats Philadelphia, 14–3. Ex-Brooklynite Dunn takes the beating.

31st  Brickyard Kennedy, en route to his 4th 20-win season for the Dodgers, walks 6 Phillies in a row in the 2nd inning of a 9–4 loss.