November 1900

14th  The NL rejects the AL as an equal, declaring it an outlaw league outside of the National Agreement, thus inaugurating a state of war. This follows the AL’s announcement 2 days ago that it has made arrangements to go into Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Two weeks later the AA makes it a 3-way battle.

19th At an AL meeting at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Chicago, Ban Johnson says the AL chose not to renew the National Agreement with the NL, but sees no need for friction between the two.

21st Given a 10-year contract to control the Baltimore franchise, John McGraw says he intends to be in baseball a long time, and wants to lease grounds in Baltimore where he can stay. He’ll be in baseball 32 more years, but not in Baltimore. Nick Young says the NL wishes success to the AL, but does not consider it a major league.

In New York, national guardsmen are playing an active schedule of indoor baseball at the New York Armory. The games between regiments teams are widely covered in the press.

December 1900

10th  At the NL meetings at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York, rumors fly. Ban Johnson says the AL has signed a lease on a park in Detroit. The Players Protective Association says its members will not sign with the NL.

11th  A rumor that the PPA leaders have gone to Philadelphia to meet with Ban Johnson causes NL owners to “have something closely resembling a fit,” says the New York Times. Players later admit the meeting took place.

12th  The NL considers going back to 12 teams to counter AL moves into some cities. They invite Ban Johnson to come to the NL meeting, but change their mind about compromise and leave the AL head outside the meeting room. The NL awards the AL’s Minnesota and Kansas City territories to the new Western League, even before the AL officially abandons them. The NL agrees to hear the players in a public meeting, but rejects all their demands.

14th  Suffering from a drop in attendance in 1900, NL owners vote to cut costs with a 16-player limit after May 1. The PPA claims the move is aimed at pressuring players into signing by shrinking the number of jobs.

15th  Amos Rusie, out for the past 2 years with arm problems, is traded to the Reds by the Giants for young Christy Mathewson. Though only 30, Rusie, a future Hall of Fame pitcher, will not have the ability that brought him 8 straight 20-game seasons, and he will not add to the 245 wins he collected in 9 seasons. Appearing in just 3 games in 1901, he will finish with an 0–1 record. Mathewson, 0–3 with the Giants but 20–2 with Norfolk (Virginia League), is much coveted by Cincinnati owner John T. Brush, who is currently negotiating to buy control of the Giants from the unscrupulous Andrew Freedman. Before he takes over, Brush wants Mathewson in place as a Giants’ starter, rather than the “pitched out” Amos Rusie.

January 1901

4th  The Baltimore AL club incorporates, with John McGraw as manager and part owner.

11th  In Chicago, former pitcher Frank Brill (Detroit, 2-10 in 1884) wins the first ever American Bowling Congress title with a total of 648. Brill will remain a top bowler for decades and will be inducted in the Bowling Hall of Fame in 1996.

18th  The New York Giants trade Jack Doyle to the Chicago Orphans for Virgil Garvin, Sammy Strang (called William in the newspapers) and John Ganzel. Speculation in the papers is that Doyle will be named captain,

22nd  Connie Mack, Philadelphia A’s manager-GM, signs a 10-year lease on grounds at 29th and Columbia to be called Columbia Park. A contract is set for construction of single-deck stands to hold 7,500.

28th  The AL formally organizes: the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Athletics, and Boston Somersets are admitted to join the Washington Nationals, Cleveland Blues, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Chicago White Stockings. Three of the original clubs—Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Buffalo—are dropped. League power aggregates in Ban Johnson as trustee for all ballpark leases and majority stockholdings, and with authority to buy out refractory franchises, and the schedule will be 140 games. AL contracts give the Players Protective Association what it asked for, with 5-year limits on the rights to player services.

29th  Newly named Rules Committee of Connie Mack, John McGraw, and Charles Comiskey, after rejecting a proposal to ban the bunt, recommends no changes at this time.

February 1901

8th  News leaks out that Napoleon Lajoie, the Phillies star second baseman and leading NL hitter, has jumped to the new Philadelphia AL club, along with pitchers Chick Fraser and Bill Bernhard.

9th Giants and Pirates outfielder Tom O’Brien, 28, dies in Phoenix. A popular player with the Giants, O’Brien played for the Pirates in 1900, then accompanied the Giants and Superbas last fall on a trip to Cuba for a series of exhibition games. On the boat trip over, he was told that if he drank enough sea water he’d be sick, but would then be cured of any sea sickness. Both O’Brien and Kid Gleason became violently ill following the prescription, but O’Brien was so affected that all his internal organs were damaged, and he never recovered.

26th  NL officials meet with Charles “Chief” Zimmer, Pittsburgh catcher and the president of the PPA, and agree to contract concessions granted by the AL for NL players who will agree not to sign with AL clubs. Zimmer promises suspensions for PPA jumpers to the AL.

27th  The NL Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes, except after 2 strikes. To cut the cost of balls fouled and unrecovered, the committee urges that “batsmen who foul off good strikes are to be disciplined.” The AL will not adopt this rule for several years. Other new rules: catchers must play within 10 feet of the batter; a ball will be called if the pitcher does not throw to a ready and waiting batter within 20 seconds; players using indecent or improper language will be banished by the umpire. One rule stating that a ball will be called when a batter is hit by a pitch but, in a mail vote, the owners will rescind this in April, and a HBP will earn a batter first base.

March 1901

nd  Jimmy Collins, Connie Mack’s choice for the all-time best third baseman, leaves the Boston NL club to manage the AL’s new Boston Somersets. The Beaneaters also lose OF Hugh Duffy, who will manage Milwaukee (AL), and C Billy Sullivan, who signs with the Chicago White Stockings. More than half the AL rosters—a total of 185—will be filled by NL players.

5th  The American League approves a 14-player limit to go into effect 14 days after the start of the season. As noted by Cliff Blau, the limit is changed at the last minute, the deadline postponed for two weeks, and the limit increased to 15 by Ban Johnson, after 6 teams request the change.

11th  The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Baltimore manager John McGraw has signed a Cherokee Indian named Tokohoma. It is really black 2B Charlie Grant, who McGraw is trying to pass off as an Indian, but the ruse does not work.

28th  Phillies owner John Rogers files for an injunction prohibiting Nap Lajoie, Bill Bernhard, and Chick Fraser from playing for any other team—the most serious legal test of the reserve clause to date.

April 1901

rd  Connie Mack accuses Christy Mathewson of reneging on a Philadelphia contact signed in January. The young pitcher had accepted advance money from Mack, but jumped back to the Giants in March. Mack considers going to court, but eventually accepts the loss of the pitcher.

18th  At Baker Bowl, Brooklyn’s Jimmy Sheckard has 3 triples against the host Phils to lead his team to a 12–7 Opening Day win. The loser is Jack Dunn, who will have more success in the 20s as the owner of the Baltimore Orioles. Three other NL openers are rained out.

19th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants open a day late, losing 7–0 to Boston. Dummy Taylor is hit hard and takes the loss.

In an exhibition game in Detroit, the Tigers beat Grand Rapids, 8–0. It is the first game ever between a National Agreement club and an American League team.

20th Under new manager Bid McPhee, the Reds open at home with a 4–2 loss to Pittsburgh, with Sam Leever winning over Noodles Hahn. The game was originally scheduled for the 18th.

24th Three rainouts give Chicago the honor of hosting the new AL’s first opener. Cleveland 2B Erve Beck hits the first HR in AL history, off Chicago’s Roy Patterson, and adds a double. But the White Sox prevail, 7–2. Veteran Tommy Connally is the lone umpire of the game.

With a partially flooded outfield at League Park, the Reds edge Chicago, 10-9, scoring 6 in the 2nd inning. Improvised ground rules are put into effect and any ball hit into the pond in flooded left center or center is a ground-rule double. Nine doubles are splashed. The New York Times reports, “Batting was terrific, the water catching more ball than the fielders. The locals were more familiar with the wet conditions and excelled at aquatic fielding by which they won easily.” The Reds score a run in the last of the 9th to win easily. Tomorrow’s scheduled game is called off and the Cubs leave town for Chicago.

At St. Louis, Cowboy Jones weakens in the 9th inning and serves up a 2-run homer to Ginger Beaumont as Pittsburgh beats the Cardinals, 5-4.

25th  In its AL debut before 10,023, Detroit scores the greatest Opening Day rally ever with 10 runs in the bottom of the 9th for a 14–13 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Detroit spots the Brewers a 13–3 lead—7–0 after 3 innings—by making 7 errors, including three by SS Kid Elberfeld. No team this century will score 10 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win; the Indians will score 9 runs in the bottom of the 9th next month to win and Rockies in 2010 will come close with a 9-run winning rally. Tiger 1B Pop Dillon hits 4 doubles, tying the ML record, including a pair in the record 9th inning, the last is the game-winning 2-run double off reliever Bert Husting. Dillon’s four doubles is an opening day record that will be matched by Jim Greengrass in 1954.

26th  Eight days after the Phillies’ opener before 4,593, the Athletics twice delayed home opener at Columbus Park draws 10,547 for a 5–1 loss to the Washington Nationals. Chick Fraser is the winner as the A’s help with 7 errors on the waterlogged field. Nap Lajoie has a groundout then 3 hits for the Athletics, and will go 3-for-3 tomorrow on the way to an AL-record .422 batting average.

For the second day in a row, the Tigers beat Milwaukee with a walkoff run in the 9th. Today’s score is a more modest, 6-5. The Tigers won’t open with two walkoff wins again until 2014.

After 6 postponements, the New York Giants down the Brooklyn Superbas 5–3 for their season’s first win and Mathewson’s first ML victory. Matty allows 4 hits and strikes out 8.

The visiting Boston Americans play their first game, losing to Baltimore, 10–6. Iron Joe McGinnity strikes out 9 in the win, and Mike Donlin cracks two triples off losing pitcher Win Kellum.

27th The Cleveland Blues (AL) record their first victory, beating Chicago, 10–4, behind the pitching of Bill Hart. The vet Hart will lose his stuff and finish the season as an AL umpire.

Behind Sam Crawford’s 5 hits, including a triple and a HR, the Reds beat host Chicago, 9–2. Jack Taylor surrenders the hits and loses. Crawford will lead the NL in homers with 16.

At Baltimore, the Orioles jump on Cy Young for 12 runs as the Red Sox fall, 12-6. Jimmy Williams, who jumped from the Pirates to the Orioles last month, has his first two AL hits.

28th  Veteran SS Hugh Jennings, teammate and roommate of John McGraw in Baltimore’s great days, will play for Mack’s Athletics after getting his law degree at Cornell. McGraw persuades him to play for Baltimore instead, touching off a battle royal with Connie Mack and Ban Johnson. The result is ill feelings that never heal. Jennings winds up playing for the Phillies.

Cleveland’s rookie pitcher Charles “Bock” Baker gives up an AL record 23 singles in a 13–1 loss to the White Stockings. Bock will pitch only one other game, also a loss, in the ML, and that will be in 2 weeks with the Athletics. Bock’s 23 singles allowed is short of the ML-record of 28, set by Jack Wadsworth in 1894.

29th  Admiral George Dewey, the Spanish American War hero, throws out the first ball. Then he and other prominent guests watch Washington defeat Baltimore, 5–2, in the AL opener in the nation’s capital. Joe McGinnity is the loser to Bill Carrick.

At Philadelphia, the Athletics beat the Boston Americans, 8–5, behind Nap Lajoie’s continued hot hitting. Nap has 2 singles and 2 triples to run his consecutive hit to 10 straight. He was 3-for-3 on the 28th in an 8–5 loss to Washington.

30th At Baker Bowl, the Giants edge the Phils, 3–2, behind Mathewson’s 3-hitter.

At Philadelphia’s Columbus Park The Boston Americans beat the Athletics, 8–6, in 10 innings, the AL’s first extra-inning game. Nap Lajoie grounds out in his first at bat, ending his consecutive hitting streak of 10-for-10. Tris Speaker will top this AL record in 1920 (as noted by Trent McCotter).

Thomas “Dude” Esterbrook, a star in the 1880s with the Mets, dies in a fall from a moving train. Esterbrook is on his way to a mental hospital in Middlebrook, NY, when he squeezes through a lavatory window and falls to the rail bed below.

May 1901

1st  An AL first: 2 homers in one game, and both grand slams—by Herm McFarland and Dummy Hoy in the White Sox’ 19–9 win over Detroit. The Tigers’ 12 errors—10 by the infield—sets another AL record, which the White Stockings will tie May 6, 1903, against the Tigers.

2nd Under overcast skies at Chicago, the Tigers score 5 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 7–5 lead over the Sox. Clark Griffith then decides to stall, hoping that rain will wash out the last inning out and the score will revert to the 8-inning total. Umpire Tom Connolly is in no mood for the slowdown tactics and forfeits the game to Detroit, the first forfeit in the AL. Detroit will win a forfeit against Baltimore on May 31st.

Against the Philadelphia Athletics and their untested rookie pitcher Pete Loos, the visiting Boston Somersets score a pair in the first inning, explode for 9 runs in the 2nd inning, then do better in the 3rd by scoring ten runs, a ML record scoring spree of 19 runs for consecutive innings. The aptly named Loos walks the first 4 hitters in the 2nd, then exits after going 2–0 on the 5thbatter. Vet Bill Bernhard relieves with little effect. The final score is 23–12, with a record 9 players scoring two or more runs. The A’s have four players scoring twice for 2-team ML-record 13, a mark not tied until the same two teams match it in 1950. For Pete Loos, it is his only major-league appearance. Parson Lewis is the winner.

The Pirates sell Rube Waddell’s contract to the Chicago Orphans. Despite an NL best 2.37 ERA last year, Rube was 8-13 and was 0-2 in 7+ innings this year. Rube will go 14-14 for the mediocre Chicagoans before he jumps ship at the end of August to appear with a number of semi-pro teams in Wisconsin.

3rd In a matchup of future Hall of Famers, the Giants beat Boston, 2–1, as Christy Mathewson wins his 3rd straight, beating Kid Nichols, on a 3-hitter. Bobby Lowe, who has all of Boston’s hits, scores the Beaneater’s only run on a passed ball.

4th  Fire destroys the wooden grandstand at League Park in St. Louis and halts St. Louis and Cincinnati with a 4–4 tie in the 10thinning. The 6,000 fans, a third in the 35-cent grand stands, beat a leisurely retreat. The city refuses to permit a duplicate park to be reconstructed, but wants a steel or fireproof grandstand instead.

5th At Milwaukee, the White Sox jump to a 4–1 lead over the Brewers before the hosts roar back against Bob Patterson, scoring 8 runs in the 4th on their way to a 21–7 win. The Sox make just three hits. Patterson, meanwhile faces 57 batters, 53 official at bats—both 20th C major league records for 9 innings—and is pasted for 25 hits. Patterson, the pitcher who won the first AL game two weeks ago, will give up 345 hits this season, a distant 2nd to Baltimore’s Joe McGinnity.

6th Christy Mathewson wins his fourth straight game, blanking Philadelphia, 4–0, on 5 hits. It is Matty’s first career shutout. He is also 3-for-4 at the plate.

7th The Orioles and A’s set an AL record in Philadelphia when the two teams score in 14 half innings as Baltimore prevails, 14-10. The Orioles score in every inning but the 4th. This record will be tied in 1927 and again in 1940, but not topped this century.

8th  Amos Rusie, onetime Hoosier Thunderbolt, makes his first start for the Cincinnati Reds after a two-year layoff and is bombed 14–3 by the Cards. Emmett Heidrick makes 5 singles off Rusie. After 2 more appearances, he goes back to digging ditches, having won 245 games, mostly for the Giants, in 9 years.

At New York, the Giants edge the Phillies, 9–8, using a hidden ball trick to end the game. 1B Jake Ganzel applies the tag to Harry Wolverton for the 3rd out in the 9th.

In their long-delayed AL home opener, Boston defeats Philadelphia’s Bill Bernhard, 12–4, behind Cy Young, who jumped from the St. Louis NL team and signed in the second week in March. Boston is led by Buck Freeman, who has a single, triple and homer. Young complains that he does not like the rule against pitchers warming up but he will still lead the AL with his 1.62 ERA. His 33 wins are 41.8 percent of his team’s 79 victories, a post-1900 record. It will stand until Steve Carlton wins 45.8 percent of the Phils’ 59 wins in 1972. Young also complains about catchers. “I do not like the league rule compelling the catcher to stand behind the bat all the time. It handicaps a pitcher. I cannot extend myself as I would like.”

In a letter to AL team owners, Ban Johnson says that the rule requiring clubs to cut their players to 14 will not be enforced until May 20th.

9th In Cleveland, rookie P Earl Moore, purchased from Dayton for $1,000, allows two unearned runs but no White Sox hits through 9 innings. Cleveland matches the White Sox with 2 runs of their own in the 3rd inning. In the 10th, with rain coming down, the Sox use singles by Sam Mertes and Dutch Hartman off Moore, “The Steam Engine in Boots”, to score 2 runs and win, 4–2. The threatening weather keeps the crowd to 400 at League Park. For years this will be considered the AL’s first no-hitter, but in 1991 Moore will lose this accolade.

The Pirates beat Chicago, 8–1, as Deacon Phillippe tops Jock Menefee. It is the 8th game in 9 days between the 2 teams, half in Pittsburgh and the last four in Chicago.

11th The largest NL crowd of the year so far (8,500) fills Brooklyn’s Washington Park to view the Boy Wonder from Bucknell, Christy Mathewson. Matty doesn’t disappoint, topping Brooklyn’s William Kennedy, 7–0, as Brooklyn manages just 2 hits off the Giants budding star. New York moves into 3rd place with the win.

12th The Reds Noodles Hahn cooks the Pirates, 6–1, allowing 9 hits, one to each batter.

13th Bock Baker, just acquired from Cleveland, goes the first 6 innings for the A’s before concluding his short major league career (2 games) with another loss. Two appearances, 2 losses. Eddie Plank makes his first ML appearance and pitches the last 2 innings giving up 3 runs in the 14–5 loss at Baltimore.

In New York, Brooklyn and the Giants square off and at the end of 8 innings, the Giants leading 7–6. Brooklyn loads the bases with 2 outs in the 9th and Dahlen strokes a hard single resulting in a forceout of Daly at 2B. Brooklyn then takes the field confident that 2 runs scored, but umpire O’Day answers the crowd’s questions by saying just “one.” When the Brooklyn players confront him and continue their argument, O’Day declares a forfeit, 9–0, in the Giants’ favor.

14th Roger Denzer fires his only career shutout as the Giants stop Chicago, 3-0.

15th Mathewson (6–0) tosses his third straight shutout outpitching Jack Taylor to beat the Colts, 4–0. The Giants move into first place with the win over Chicago.

Washington beats the Boston Somersets, 4–0, to record the AL’s first shutout. Watty Lee is the winner on a 3-hitter.

17th  The Philadelphia Common Pleas Court rejects the Phillies’ suit against Lajoie, Fraser, and Bernhard. The decision is appealed to the State Supreme Court, but the trio remains with the Athletics all season. Lajoie will hit .422, while Fraser wins 22 and Bernhard 17 for the 4th-place Athletics.

21st  Giants fractious owner Andrew Freedman accuses umpire Billy Nash of incompetence and bars him from the Polo Grounds. Pirate Chief Zimmer and the Giants John Warner are forced to officiate. Mathewson then wins his 7th straight, 2–1, but his scoreless streak stops at 39 innings when the Bucs score an unearned run in the 9th.

22nd At Cincinnati, Reds ace Noodle Hahn strikes out 16 Boston batters en route to a 4–3 Reds win. He strikes out the side in three innings and his 16 K’s will stand as the club record until it is matched by Jim Maloney in 1963.

Boston takes a pair from the St. Louis Nationals by 5-4 scores. In game 2, a triple play in the 2nd inning helps though Cupid Childs scores on the play. St. Louis also scores in the 1st inning of game 2 when Jesse Burkett leads off with a homerun. He’ll do the same thing tomorrow to tie a ML mark.

23rd  In Chicago, the A’s score 2 in the 9th to close to an 11–7 deficit with the White Stockings. Sox manager Clark Griffith relieves with the sacks filled and no outs and pays the supreme compliment to Philadelphia’s Nap Lajoie—he issues him an intentional walk with the bases loaded, bringing Sock Seybold to the plate followed by Harry Davis and Morgan Murphy. Griff then gets 3 ground outs and Chicago wins. Not until (possibly) Mel Ott, on the last day in 1929, and Swish Nicholson in 1944, will a batter be passed intentionally with the sacks filled. Del Bissonette (1944), Barry Bonds (1998) are the others this century who have received intentional passes with the bases loaded. Abner Dalrymple (1881) received the first intentional pass with the sacks full.

At Cleveland’s League Park, the Blues score a ML record 9 runs with 2 outs in the 9th inning to defeat the Washington Nationals 14–13. Cleveland is down to one strike, on Jack McCarthy, but they put the next ten men on base, winning the game on an error. Winning pitcher Bill Hoffer, who had given up the 13 runs, is carried off the field by the delirious crowd. Patton and Watty Lee pitch for Washington. The scoring (as noted by Bill Kirwin) occurs as follows: Hoffer strikes out, Pickering grounds out, McCarthy singles, Bradley singles, LaChance with two strikes on him) singles scoring McCarthy, Wood is hit by pitch, Scheibeck doubles (Patton, replaced by Lee), Egan walks, Beck (batting for Hoffer) doubles, Pickering singles Beck home to tie the game, and then moves to 2B on a passed ball. McCarthy, who started the whole thing, singles him home for the win. The 9-run rally is one shy of the 10-run outburst that took place on April 25th.

24th At the Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson wins his 8thstraight, beating Cincinnati’s Bill Phillips, 1–0. Matty gives up just 3 hits.

Reversing yesterday’s 9th inning rally, the Washington Nationals, down 5–0 at the end of 8 innings, score 5 runs to tie the Blues. When Cleveland fails to score in the 9th, the game ends at 5–5.

27th  3B Jimmy Burke of Milwaukee makes 4 errors in the 4thinning, a post-19th century ML record tied by Cleveland’s Ray Chapman in 1914 and the Cubs Len Merullo in 1942. The A’s score 7 times in the frame and Eddie Plank coasts home with an 8–3 win. Burke’s 4 errors in a game sets the AL record for third basemen that will be tied numerous times, but never topped.

28th Behind the shutout pitching of Jack Powell, St. Louis hands Christy Mathewson his first loss, 1–0. Matty’s lone walk, in the 2ndinning, results in the games only run. Matty is now 8-1.

30th  An NL record crowd of 28,500 sees St. Louis beat the Giants, 6–5, in 10 innings in the afternoon game of a split holiday doubleheader at New York. Christy Mathewson takes the loss in relief, after coming on in the 7th with the game knotted at 5 apiece. A passed ball with a runner on 2B and a sacrifice fly is Matty’s undoing. New York wins the a.m. game, 6–4 in front of 2,500 fans.

The Boston Americans play their first doubleheader, dropping both to Chicago, 8–3 and 5–3.

June 1901

1st  At the Polo Grounds, the first-place Giants top Boston Somersets’ Kid Nichols, 2–1, behind Christy Mathewson’s 5-hitter. Matty fans 10 Boston batters, much to the delight of the overflow crowd. He strikes out Gene DeMontreville in the 6th and when the bat sails out of the DeMontreville’s hands on the 3rd strike, Matty tosses it to 1B to complete the play.

In Chicago, Boston American pitcher Fred Mitchell makes his first ML start and nerves and errors allow the White Sox to score 5 runs in the 1st inning. As Mitchell recounted the game to the Chicago Tribune in Bill Nowlin’s profile of Mitchell, “There was one fellow on the club at that time who was my friend, and that was Buck Freeman. He came in from right field after the inning and I remember just what he said to Jimmy Collins. ‘You’re not going to take the kid out, are you, Jim?’ ‘Not on your life,’ answered Jim. I went back and had my head with me from then on and stopped the White Sox.” Freeman hits a 2-run homer in the 4th and connects for a 3-run homer in the 6th as Boston wins, 10-5.

In the Reds 4-3 win at Pittsburgh, umpire Cunningham calls out Kitty Bransfield at 1B on disputed call in the 9th that would’ve tied the game. 2,000 fans then chase the ump who is shielded and escorted to safety by manager Fred Clarke and Hans Wagner.

2nd  Milwaukee P Bill Reidy surrenders 10 consecutive hits to the Boston Somersets with two outs in the 9th inning to set a ML record. Nine runs score, a ML-record-tying number set a week ago, as Milwaukee loses 13–2. Boston pitcher Charlie Beville, who took over at 1B in the 5th after Jimmy Collins and Buck Freeman are tossed by umpire Haskell for arguing and kicking dirt, contributes two doubles—the only hits of his career—in the big inning.

4th In a 7-3 victory over the host Reds, Brooklyn’s Jimmy Sheckard is called out at 2B by umpire Cunningham—who is definitely having a bad week—and curses him so vehemently that he is slapped with a $5 fine by the ump. Cunningham returns to home plate and Sheckard follows, spitting in his face. Cunningham calls the cops and Sheckard is removed by the police. Cunningham later says, “I don’t know what kept me from pitching into Sheckard but if a player ever does that to me again I’ll pick up a bat and smash him. That’s the limit and the players can take warning.” Brooklyn’s win is helped by the pitching of the Reds rookie Barney McFadden who gives up 11 hits and 11 base on balls. Barney will pitch in just 9 games.

8th At Cincinnati, the 2nd place Reds beat up on New York’s Christy Mathewson, clubbing him for 9 hits and 6 runs to win, 6–4.

The Senators down the White Sox, 8-3, behind the pitching and hitting of Watty Lee. Lee goes 4-for-4 with a pair of triples (as noted by Tom Zocco).

9th  Overflow crowds ringing the outfields of small parks is a frequent occurrence. At Cincinnati on this Sunday afternoon, the first-place Giants lead 15–4 after 6 innings before 17,000 fans. Ground-rule doubles multiply, and 19 more runs score in the next 2 1⁄2 innings. When the crowd edges onto the infield with two outs in the 9th and the Giants leading 25–13, umpire Bob Emslie forfeits the game to New York, the 2nd of 2 forfeits this year. The Reds make 18 hits. The Giants register a 20th C. record 31 hits, led by the outfield: Kip Selbach is 6-for-7, and “Piano Legs” Hickman and George Van Haltren have 5 hits apiece for a NL record 16. Hickman and Van Haltren score 5 runs apiece as the outfield score a record 14 runs. The Giants also set a ML record for most runs without a HR, a mark that will be tied by Cleveland in 1930. The two teams combine for a NL record 36 singles, 22 by New York. Only one Giant will return to the team in 1902: 5 will go to the AL, and 3 will retire. The win today stops a 3-game loss streak, but the Giants will drop their next 3 and drop out of 1st place.

10th  The Brooklyn-Colts game draws only 450 fans in Chicago as the visitor win, 9-1.

In Cincinnati, Boston’s Vic Willis is victorious over the Reds, 9–5. Willis hits his only career homer, off Doc Newton, to help his win. His batterymate Kittredge also homers. Noteworthy at the game is AL prexy Ban Johnson, who is the guest of Reds owner John Brush.

At Washington, the Washington Nationals overcome an 8-run deficit in the 8th to tie the game at 10–10 with the White Sox. Clark Griffith pops out as a pinch hitter in the 9th but stays on to pitch for the Sox. In the top of the 10th, Hoy, who earlier homered, singles to start the inning. Two outs later Frank Isbell walks and Fred Hartman homers to end the scoring, 13–10.

11th In Pittsburgh, the Pirates score 4 runs in 4 innings off Christy Mathewson to beat New York, 4–0. The game is called because of rain after the Giants bat in the 5th.

14th At Boston, the Americans snap a 7-7 tie with the Tigers by scoring 9 runs in the bottom of the 8th to win, 16-7. Detroit pitcher Joe Yeager hits his first ML homer, a grand slam, off starter Win Kellum. Yeager will switch to third base for the Tigers in ‘03.

15th After two losses to the Giants, Chicago gets back on track, 9–2, behind the 10 strikeout twirling of Rube Waddell. The Colts trample Christy Mathewson for 9 runs and 13 hits and hand the phenom his 4th loss in a row.

At Boston, Gettysburg College grad George Winter wins for the Americans, 12–4, over the Tigers. The rookie will win his next 6 in a row.

16th In an exhibition game at Weehawken, the West New Yorks beat the AL Detroit Tigers, 4-3, scoring a run in the last inning off Frank Owen.

At St. Louis, the Cardinals beat up on Bill Donovan to whip Brooklyn, 11-5. Burkett, Hendrick and Padden each go 4-for-5, while weak-hitting Lefty Davis has 4 hits for the Superbas.

17th The Boston Somersets sweep a Bunker Hill day twinbill, 11–1 and 10–4, part of 5-game sweep over the White Sox. Chicago relinquishes 1st place to Boston. Buck Freeman has a homer and triple in the two games to back Fred Mitchell and Cy Young.

Detroit vetoes Washington, 10-6, with the help of a six-run 6thinning. Ducky Holmes finishes the scoring with a 9th inning grand slam, off Watty Lee.

18th  Trailing its AL rival the Somersets in attendance, the Boston NL club reduces its admission price from 50 cents to the AL’s 25 cents. The Somersets will outdraw the Beaneaters by 200,000 this season.

Baltimore downs Milwaukee, 11-4, as Jimmy Williams hits a grand slam for the Orioles. It comes in the 3rd inning, off Tully Sparks (as noted by David Vincent).

20th  Pittsburgh’s Honus Wagner has 3 stolen bases, including stealing home twice, as Jack Chesbro blanks the Giants, 7–0.

21st  Right-hander Harley ‘Doc’ Parker of the Reds gives up 21 runs and 26 hits to Brooklyn in his first start of the season—his first appearance in five years. “The next time I get in the box, I hope to give a better account of myself” says Doc Parker after the game, but this will be his ML farewell appearance. The 26 hits is a post-1900 record, tied by Al Travers in 1912, and by the A’s Hod Lisenbee in 1936. The 21 runs allowed is an NL mark. Doc also faces a soon-to-be-topped NL record 49 (The Sporting News says 53) batters in the game. Led by Keeler’s 5 hits, including a HR and a double, the Superbas win, 21–3. Keeler also scores 5 runs for a ML record 5th time in his career.

24th  After Cincy loses 8–0 in the opener of a twinbill, the Reds Bill Phillips sets several records in game two as he gives up 19 runs and 22 hits at Philadelphia, losing, 19–1. In 8 innings he faces a record 55 batters, with 49 official at bats—both NL records for the 20th century. Phils pitcher Doc White has 4 hits, including an inside-the-park homer.

The Chicago Nationals lose 2–1 to Brooklyn when Bill Dahlen hits a sac fly to bring home Brooklyn’s Wee Willie Keeler. Brooklyn C Deacon Maguire throws out 5 Chicago runners.

The Giants edge St. Louis, 3–2, when Sammy Strang singles home Piano Legs Hickman in the bottom of the 9th. Christy Mathewson allows 6 hits in beating Willie Sudhoff, though the Cards’ pitcher hits a two-run homer, his only major league round tripper.

Turkey Mike Donlin is 6-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 doubles and 2 triples, and scores 5 runs as Baltimore trounces Detroit, 17–8. The other 2 outfielders total 6 hits to set an AL record of 12 two weeks after the NL mark for hits by an outfield is set. Roscoe Miller toils the whole game for Detroit.

At Philadelphia, the A’s and White Sox battle for 14 innings before Chicago pushes across 3 runs to finally win, 7-5. Callahan and Fraser are the starters and finishers for the two teams. Socks Seybold has a triple and HR for the A’s.

26th Boston arrives in Philadelphia for an expected game against the A’s, unaware that the schedule had been changed and they are supposed to be in Baltimore. The Orioles squad and 4500 fans wait for an hour and a half in 90-degree heat for Boston to arrive. The AL umpire assigned to the game showed up in Philley as well. The Athletics read the revised schedule and play in Washington, losing 5–4.

New York’s Christy Mathewson scatters 9 hits in coasting to a 6–2 win over the visiting Reds. Dick Scott takes the loss.

At Brooklyn, the Pirates lose 16–3. Tommy Daly has 5 hits including 4 long hits for Brooklyn—3 doubles and a triple. He adds a stolen base, one of 7 in the game. In September he’ll have another 5 hit game.

30th In an AL game in Milwaukee, Cleveland Blues Pete Dowling stops the Brewers, 7-0, on what is described as a no-hitter by three of the four Milwaukee papers. The fourth paper called it a one-hitter. A disputed play in the 7th inning is the difference.

July 1901

1st  Colts 1B Jack Doyle, harassed by a Polo Grounds fan, jumps into the stands and hits him once with his left, reinjuring his hand, which he had broken several weeks before. The Giants’ “Dummy” Taylor trims Chicago’s Jack Taylor, 6–4.

The Phillies hand the Pirates a 1–0 loss, for Pittsburgh’s only shutout of the year in 139 games. This is a 20th century NL record that will hold up; the 1894 Boston and Philadelphia teams went through the 132-game season without being shut out.

At Washington, the Athletics take a 13-7 lead in the top of the 8th, scoring six runs with the help of a Nap Lajoie grand slam, off Bill Carrick, his second serving of salami in two weeks. The Senators score 4 in both the 8th and 9th innings to manage a 13-13 tie.

With Boston leading 5–2 over the Orioles in the 6th inning, the O’s score 2 runs off starter George Cuppy, and he leaves with 2 runners on base. Reliever Ted Lewis allows the runs to score, and Baltimore goes on to win 7–5. Lewis is charged with the loss under the existing rules.

2nd The Colts (aka the Remnants—the Chicago Tribune, aka the Orphans) lose to New York, 6–3, to run their current road trip record to 2–13. Both wins occurred in a doubleheader against Brooklyn.

4th In Pittsburgh, the Giants split a doubleheader, winning the a.m. game 5–3, then lose to the Bucs, 12–0, in the afternoon game. Christy Mathewson is the winner in the morning, scattering 11 hits, striking out 10 and walking 6.

5th Cy Young notches his 300th win in the Boston Americans 5–3 win over the Philadelphia Athletics. Cy gets relief help from Bernhard in topping McPherson.

6th NL president Nick Young accedes to a protest regarding umpire Harry Colgan and allows the Giants and Pirates to officiate their own game in Pittsburgh. New York’s Charlie Buelow and Pirate Jack O’Connor call the game, won by the Bucs, 6–2.

7th The last-place Milwaukee Brewers release Irv Waldron, who will be signed tomorrow by the Washington Senators. The Sporting News (10/12/01) says he was released by Milwaukee because he didn’t hit or field, ran bases poorly and most of all was devoid of good judgment. “He batted not better than .250 (sic), and to say there was not a redeeming feature about his work is just the plain truth.” (as noted by historian David Nemec) Waldron, hitting .297, set a ML mark with 28 hits in his first 15 games. Not until Joe DiMaggio in 1936 (27 hits) will anyone tally 27 hits in 15 games. Joltin’ Joe will be matched by Terry Pendleton (27 in 1984) as the only players this century to do it. Bo Hart (28 in 2003) and Yasiel Puig (27 in 2013) will join the list. The diminutive Waldron will hit .311 with Washington and finish his year with the most at bats and games played in the AL. Noteworthy, this will be his only season [he did play with minor-league Milwaukee in 1897].

8th  An 8th-inning decision favoring the Brooklyn Superbas infuriates St. Louis fans. When the 7–5 Brooklyn win ends, they rush umpire Hank O’Day, who suffers a split lip before St. Louis players and police can rescue him.

At Chicago, the Orphans and Phils both score in the 9th and Chicago plates a run in the 10th to win, 2–1. After the game, Chicago releases veteran Cupid Childs, who went hitless today.

Player-manager George Davis leads the Giants to a 9–3 win over Cincinnati with four hits, including 2 inside-the-park homers, and four runs. Mathewson beats Dick Scott for the 2nd time this year, though Matty’s control is off. He walks 4 batters and hits two, including Cincy 1B Jake Beckley, who is hit in the head with the pitch and knocked out for 5 minutes.

10th  The Boston Nationals rap out 15 hits in 12 innings against Pittsburgh, but fail to score. The Pirates finally push over a run to win, 1–0. Boston sets a ML record for most hits, no runs, in an extra-inning game; They’ll tie the record against the same Pirates in 1918 in a 21-inning game.

Harry Davis hits for the cycle to lead the A’s to a 13–6 victory over Boston.

At a secret meeting, the NL Board of directors votes to abrogate the National Agreement that has governed organized baseball, effective September 30.

12th The host Cardinals edge the Giants, 3–2, in 11 innings, beating Mathewson on an error.

Boston Somersets’ Cy Young scatters 7 hits in beating the Athletics, 5–3, for his 300th victory.

13th At Detroit, Bill “Doc” Nance has 6 hits—5 singles and a double—off 4 Cleveland pitchers to pace Detroit to a 19-12 win. Giving up the hits are Gus Weyhing (soon on his way to the Reds), Pete Dowling, manager Jimmy McAleer, in his only pitching appearance (0.1 IP, 2H, 3BB), and 3B Bill Bradley, in his only pitching appearance (1IP, 4H).

The Reds release Doc Newton (4-13, 4.06 ERA) but the lefty will find a new home in Brooklyn on the 16th, going 6-5 with a 2.83 ERA for the rest of the year. He will also continue his sub-.900 fielding average and finish with a NL-record 18 errors for the season.

14th The White Sox top Milwaukee, 4-0, and are prevented from further scoring by a bases-loaded triple play, the first in the AL, when umpire Joe Cantillon rules that Dummy Hoy left 3B before a catch. 1B Jiggs Donahue, catches a line drive to retire the Sox, Frank Isbell, then steps on first to double up runner Sam Mertes. Jiggs throw to second baseman Billy Gilbert, in an effort to nail Fielder Jones, but Jones was on the base. Meanwhile, Hoy crosses the plate. Gilbert throws to the 3B Bill Friel, who touches the bag, and Cantillon’s rules that Hoy is out for leaving third base early on the line drive.

15th Christy Mathewson, 22-years-old, of the Giants pitches a no-hitter, blanking St. Louis 5–0 at League Park. Matty saves his own no-hitter in the 6th when an Otto Krueger hit caroms off 1B Chick Ganzel’s glove to Mathewson, who throws back to 1B for a 3–1–3 putout.

16th In Cleveland, Boston’s Cy Young notches his 12th straight win, staggering to a 10–8 victory over the Blues. Buck Freeman has 3 hits including a triple off losing pitcher Moore.

18th In Boston’s 6–5 loss at Cleveland, 1B Buck Freeman injures his foot chasing a foul ball. Lou Criger replaces Freeman, leading the AL with 7 HRs. Buck will be back in the lineup July 27.

19th In Chicago, Jack Taylor allows 10 hits to the Giants, but is unscored on until the 9th. The Orphans paste Mathewson for 12 hits to win, 5–2. Chicago has now won three in a row over the visiting New Yorkers.

Cleveland edges Boston, 2-1, in 10 innings, snapping the 12-game winning streak of Cy Young.

21st At Chicago, the Giants lose their 5th straight to the last-place Orphans, who sweep the series with the 5-2 win. New York manages just 4 hits off Jock Menefee.

Led by star Jesse Burkett, the Cardinals pummel the Reds Archie Stimmell, winning, 15-2. Burkett has 5 hits, including a homer.

22nd At St. Louis, the Orphans blow a 5–0 lead and the Cardinals win, 6–5, scoring a run in the 8th against reliever Rube Waddell. Pete Childs, recently acquired from St. Louis to take over 2B from veteran Cupid Childs, scores the last Chicago tally after hitting a triple in the 5th.

The A’s are victorious in Chicago over the first-place White Sox, winning, 2–1, in 12 innings. Eddie Plank wins over Roy Patterson, the St. Croix wonder, as all 3 runs are the result of errors.

23rd Brooklyn batters a wild Christy Mathewson for 6 hits in two innings, knocking him out of the game in the 3rd, the first time this season Matty has not finished a start. The Giants lose, 8–3.

Jack Chesbro stops the visiting Reds, 9–2, and Fred Clarke backs him up by hitting for the cycle.

24th  In a baseball rarity, the Pittsburgh Pirates score in every inning, a ML record of course, defeating the Reds 11–2. Deacon Phillippe is the winner over Jess Tannehill.

Milwaukee’s Pink Hawley beats Boston, 4–3, and beans C Lou Criger with a pitch. Criger is unconscious for 5 minutes before being taken away. Ossee Schreckengost moves from 1B to C and Dowd moves to 1B.

25th Brooklyn righty Frank Kitson outpitches Christy Mathewson, allowing just one Giant hit in beating New York, 5–0. Four of the Brooklyn runs are unearned. Algie McBride has the only safety, a single, for NY.

29th At the Polo Grounds, Boston’s Kid Nichols and Christy Mathewson square off for a ten-inning shootout, with Boston prevailing, 5–4. Matty gives up 11 hits in bringing his record to 15–11.

30th  Ban Johnson says the AL will place a team in St. Louis in 1902. The Milwaukee franchise is seen as the most likely to be transferred. New York will likely have a franchise while Cleveland and Baltimore will likely lose theirs.

Paced by Nap Lajoie, who hits for the cycle, the Athletics roll by Cleveland, 11–5. It is the second A’s cycle this month. Lajoie’s homer is a grand slam, his second of the month. It comes in the 7th off Earl Moore.

31st In Cincinnati, the Reds take 14 innings to subdue the Chicago Colts, 5–4. Reds pitcher Noodle Hahn strikes out 11 in the win, while Chicago pitcher Tom Hughes records 15 strikeouts.

August 1901

1st Kid Nichols, in relief, and Christy Mathewson face each other for the 2nd time in 3 days, with Matty winning this outing. Nichols relieves in the 7th with the score, 5–5, but New York scores 4 runs to take a 9–5 lead. Boston retaliates with 3 runs to put Matty on the ropes, but he escapes with a 9–8 win.

2nd Collecting 22 hits, the Boston Americans coast to a 16–0 win over the A’s behind the pitching of Cy Young. It is Cy’s 20th win of the year versus 5 losses. The A’s help with 8 errors.

3rd  Cleveland pitcher Ed Scott goes all the way against Milwaukee and hits a solo HR in the top of the 10th to win 8–7. It is the last game of Scott’s career. Bill Reidy serves up the homer in the loss.

4th  Before the Pirates 6-3 win at Cincinnati, Reds and Pirates players are clocked while running from home plate to 1B. The fastest time for the 90-foot sprint is 3 seconds flat, by Pirates OF Ginger Beaumont.

5th In the first of two in Philley, Giant OF Ike Van Zandt makes an 11th inning error and Philadelphia goes on to score 3 runs and win, 6–3. Van Zandt came on in the 9th after starting LF Kip Selbach is tossed for protesting strike calls. Christy Mathewson takes the loss for New York.

At Cincinnati, Topsy Hartsel strokes two inside-the-park homers, but they are not enough as last-place Chicago loses to the Reds, 10–7. Whitey Guese takes the decision over Jock Menefee.

In Baltimore’s 9–0 win in game 2 against Boston, Oriole 1B Burt Hart is called out at 3B on his long hit, and punches umpire John Haskell. George Winter takes the loss, which follows a 3–1 Boston victory.

7th  Ban Johnson suspends Baltimore 1B Burt Hart for striking umpire John Haskell yesterday, stating “This is the first time a player in the American League has struck an umpire, and it is an offense that cannot be overlooked.” The suspension is never lifted and the 31-year-old Hart will never play again.

The hits keep coming. In Cleveland, Milwaukee manager Hugh Duffy hits umpire Al Mannassau when a fly ball nicking the foul line is called fair, scoring the winning runs in a 5–4 win for the Blues. Duffy is suspended indefinitely.

In Boston’s 10–5 win in game 1 at Baltimore, the Bostons pull off a triple play. Pitcher Lewis starts the TP, which goes to Jimmy Collins (3B), Schreckengost ©, Ferriss (2B), and Parent (SS). The Orioles take game 2, 10–4.

8th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Brooklyn split two. Brooklyn wins the opener, 3–0, despite hitting into a 6th-inning triple play, before losing the nitecap to Christy Mathewson, 4–1. Brooklyn threatens in the 6th, putting two on with no outs, but Matty K’s Cozy Dolan, allows a single, then strikes out Tom Daly and Bill Dahlen to end the threat.

9th  In a split at Boston, Baltimore 3B Jack Dunn is knocked out in game 1 by a foul ball off his own bat. He will be out of action for a week.

10th   In the 2nd game of a DH, Washington National’s P Dale Gear gives up an AL record 41 total bases in losing 13–0 to the Athletics. The 23 hits include 4 doubles, 4 triples, and 2 HRs; the 10 extra base hits allowed also establishes an AL mark that will be tied by Luis Tiant in 1969 and later by Curt Schilling. Philadelphia A’s pitcher Snake Wiltse, brother of Hooks, has 2 doubles and 2 triples, still an AL record, and “could’ve had another base if he had run hard.” (Washington Post) He is just one of 3 hurlers in history to collect 4 extra-base hits in a game, and his 10 total bases is a since-topped 20th C. ML record for a pitcher. For Snake, acquired last month from the Pirates, it is his 2nd shutout over Washington in a week. Snake’s batterymate, Doc Powers, also has 4 hits including a triple and homer. In the opener, a 9-4 Washington win, Nats’ pitcher Win Mercer becomes the first AL hurler to steal home. Lajoie has a pair of homers for the A’s in game 1, his second game in a row with 2 homers, but then gets tossed in the 7th for arguing a call. He hit 2 homers in yesterday’s game 2 victory. He will lead the AL with 14, drive in 125 runs, and hit .422 to win the Triple Crown.

In St. Louis, Sam Crawford hits a home run as the Reds beat the Cardinals in 10 innings, 8-5. Crawford will lead the NL in homers with 16, 8 on the road, with 3 coming in the Mound City.

Before a crowd of 5,000 in Cleveland, the AL-leading White Sox cannot overcome a 7-0 lead and fall, 11–7. Frank Isbell sets an AL record for LOB by leaving 11 on base for the Sox.

13th  In the first of two at the Polo Grounds, Kid Nichols and Christy Mathewson face each other again and both throw shut out ball for 9 innings. Boston finally scores 3 in the 10th to win, 3–0, when Duff Colley hits a 3-run double. Matty’s record in the past month is 3–7.

14th With little-used Roger Denzler starting game 2, the Giants use the strong arm of the law to win, 3-0, over Boston. Player-manager George Davis laces a long drive down the left field line and, with two policeman standing in the corner, the ball strikes one of New York’s finest on the shoulder and caroms away. Umpire Bob Emslie rules it a homer over the usual Boston protests. The Giants drop the opener, 8-3.

15th Boston takes the opener of two against the Giants, winning, 3-2. Christy Mathewson and Kid Nichols go at it again in game 2, which ends in a 5-5 tie in 11 innings. Matty strikes out 9. Algie McBride hits one over the ropes for a 1st inning homer off Nichols, and Jimmy Slagle has 5 hits for Boston. Kip Selbach has 5 hits, including 3 doubles for New York.

17th At St. Louis, the Orphans win, 6-3, over the Cardinals behind the pitching of Rube Waddell. Waddell also hits a homer.

At Pittsburgh, the Pirates beat the Reds, 5-0, behind Jack Chesbro. Honus Wagner homers for the Pirates.

19th Kid Nichols and Christy Mathewson square off the 3rd time in 7 days, with Nichols winning easily, 11–6. New York makes 4 errors, but a tired Matty is pasted for 13 hits while striking out just one.

At Cincinnati, Long Tom Hughes strikes out 12, but the Reds beat last-place Chicago, 2-0, behind Archie Stimmel’s lone career shutout. Archie will finish the year at 4-14.

At St. Louis, the Pirates knock out the NL’s leading pitcher Jack Harper (21–8) in the 3rd en route to a 9–5 win. Harper, 21–7 at the start of the day, will end up at 23–13.

20th  Umpire Bob Emslie becomes ill before the 2nd game of the Superbas-Phils twin bill and Phils P Al Orth and Superbas C Jim McGuire fill in for him. However, it is a close game, and Orth is needed as a PH in the 9th. Doc White then becomes the 2ndumpire as Orth hits a single and scores a run. Brooklyn holds on for a 3–2 win.

In Washington, the White Sox pound the Senators, 9-3, as both pitchers hit homeruns. Clark Griffith hits a four-bagger for the Sox and Casey Patten matches suit for the Nats. It is a first in the AL and won’t be matched until 1927.

At Boston, Cy Young pitches a 6–0 shut out over visiting Milwaukee. Boston (59-40) is a game behind the White Sox (60-39), but will lose 12 out of their next 17 to drop out of contention.

21st   At Washington, umpire John Haskell is involved in another violent incident during the Washington–Sox game when Sox SS Frank Shugart punches Haskell after a disputed ball four call, followed by a Nationals bases-loaded triple. Teammate John Katoll tries to add his two cents, and a fan jumps in punching Shugart. The police intervene and both players are arrested. Shugart will be expelled from MLB, then reinstated with his penalty reduced to a 23-game suspension. However, he will never play after the 1901 season. The incident starts in the 4th inning with the score 1–0 when Haskell calls a ball four to load the bases. Clingman then triples and the battery of Sugden and Katoll start berating the ump for the ball 4 call. Sugden then lets a pitch go by him that strikes the umpire, and Haskell waves in Clingman from third. Katoll then fires a pitch at Haskell that strikes him on the leg. At the start of the next inning Shugart follows Sugden at the plate and the two start in on it. Washington’s Win Mercer lives up to his name with an 8–0 win. Haskell will not eject any more players this season, his last, but the 17 thumbed so far will lead the circuit.

In Baltimore, Orioles pitcher Joe McGinnity is tossed for spitting in the face of umpire Tom Connally. When Detroit’s Kid Elberfeld intervenes, he is decked by Baltimore’s Mike Donlin. Bill Keister also gets involved, as do some fans, and the police, who arrest the players and a fan. Judge Harry Goldman, a part-owner of the O’s, releases the players and fines the fan a $100. McGinnity is suspended for 10 days for the spitting, which he says was not spitting but throwing his tobacco quid at him. Ban Johnson will reduce the suspension after meeting with McGinnity and John McGraw (source: Terry Simpkins). The Orioles win in a forfeit.

Reds pitcher Gus Weyhing, in his only appearance for the Reds, goes the distance against Chicago, but loses, 9-1. Weyhing, picked up after Cleveland released him, will get his walking papers in two days. Weyhing is one of the last players not to use a glove (as noted by historian Steven King from a 1901 article on Weyhing).

22nd At Boston, the Phillies lose 5-4 to the Beaneaters and also lose 3B Harry Wolverton when he breaks his collarbone in a collision with Boston first sacker Fred Tenney. While he recovers at home, rumors start about his possible defection to the American League’s Washington club. When asked by the press if he had signed a contract, Wolverton replies, “I defy you to prove it.” That was enough for the Phillies’ management. Team treasurer John Rogers will suspend Wolverton and fine him $600, the amount of his salary from the time of his injury to the end of the season. “The majority of players are ungrateful, deceitful and liars and cannot be trusted for even their words,” Rogers said. Wolverton will sue the Phillies and signed a two-year contract with Washington at $3,250 per year regardless of whether or not he played any games (as noted in his SABR biography). Wolverton will tire of Washington and return eventually to the Phillies.

The Giants Charlie Hickman, tired of playing the outfield and every infield position, takes to the mound and loses to Brooklyn, 7-1. Hickman was 6-0 for Boston in 1899. Every player but two on the Giants makes an error.

24th Irate Boston fans jump on umpire Joe Cantillon after a call goes against the Somersets. Chick Stahl and Parson Lewis rescue the umpire. Cleveland prevails over Boston, 4–2.

Rookie Frank Dupee puts the White Sox in a hole by giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning without retiring a batter and Baltimore goes on to win, 10-4. For Dupee, this is his ML career as he retires with an ERA of infinity.

26th New York’s Christy Mathewson allows just 3 hits in beating the Phils, 3–1.

27th At Boston, Cy Young goes 15 innings to defeat Detroit, 2–1, for his 25th win of the year.

28th The Pirates score 5 in the 1st and another run in the 3rd, then pretty much sit back and watch the Cardinals come back to win, 9-7. The loss leaves Pittsburgh in first place by 3 games.

30th The Phillies move into a tie for 2nd place with an 8-0 pummeling of the Giants. Bill Duggleby allows 6 hits and strikes out 8 while his teammates reach Christy Mathewson for 15 hits.