1897 February

rd  John McGraw, Baltimore’s pugnacious 3B, marries Minnie R. Doyle. Hughey Jennings is best man, while Willie Keeler and Joe Kelley are groomsmen.

5th  Hoss Radbourn dies of paresis in Bloomington, IN at age 42.

11th  Lou Sockalexis leaves the Penobscot Indian reservation in Maine for South Bend, IN where he will play baseball for Notre Dame. He won’t last long.