1896 July

1st  With Cupid Childs scoring 5 runs, Cleveland wins 19–7 over Chicago to run its winning streak to 6. The Spiders are 36-18 and tied for first with Baltimore at 38-19.

2nd  Kid Nichols wins a battle of 2-hitters with Washington’s James “Doc” McJames to give Boston a 4–2 decision.

3rd  New York wastes a triple play and 2 DPs and is whitewashed by Baltimore, 6–0.

4th  Washington and Philadelphia split a wild doubleheader. Washington wins the opener 13–8, while Philadelphia overcomes a 14–5 deficit to win the nightcap 15–14. The 2 teams combine for a ML record 73 hits for the twin bill. The record will be tied on July 6, 1929.

An attempt at a night game ends in fireworks (as noted by historian Dan Levitt in his biography of Ed Barrow). Following an Atlantic League doubleheader, Wilmington (De) and Paterson (NJ), agree to a third game. The visiting Paterson club is owned and managed by Ed Barrow. To help the players see better a large ball is used, but even so the lighting is poor and the play is as well. Barrow convinces Wilmington pitcher Doc Amole to throw a “torpedo,” a baseball-sized sphere covered with tissue paper and filled with pebbles and an explosive cap that detonates on contact, to his star hitter, Honus Wagner. Barrow claims he purchased the device earlier in the day. When Amole lobs in the pitch Wagner hits the torpedo, which explodes, ending the game with a bang.

5th Led by manager Charles Comiskey, St. Paul (Western League) whips host Minneapolis, 41–9. The Apostles score in every inning and clout 8 home runs. SS Jack Glasscock bats 9 times, making 8 hits and scoring 7 runs.

6th  After the Pittsburgh-Washington contest, a 6–2 Washington win, umpire Tim Hurst hits Pirate players Jake Stenzel and Emerson “Pink” Hawley in the jaw in response to repeated verbal attacks by the players during the game. According the New YorkClipper “neither player resented the attack.”

8th  St. Louis suffers its 14th straight loss, the longest losing streak of the season. Roger Connor (8-37) is fired and replaced as player-manager by Tommy Dowd, who becomes the 5th St. Louis manager of the season. The team will actually be decent under Dowd, going 25–38, but a slow start in 1897 will doom him.

The Pirates hammer out 22 hits in a driving rain to humiliate Washington, 19–0. The Pirates’ Jim Hughey is the winner. It is the 2nd time in three years that Pittsburgh has beaten Washington 19–0.

10th  Henry Long, 26-year-old pitcher for Hagerstown (Cumberland Valley League) is accidentally run over and crushed by a Western Maryland RR train. Long dies the next day.

13th  Ed Delahanty of Philadelphia hits 4 HRs against Chicago, 3 in consecutive at bats, connecting in the 1st, 5th, 7th and 9th innings. His 5th inning HR is “over the scoreboard and out of the enclosure—the longest hit of the year on local grounds.” Chicago Tribune. The last 2 homers are inside-the-park (this is noted by historian Al Kermisch in 1978; it had been erroneously recorded earlier by Ernie Lanigan that all 4 HRs were IPHR) and both times he beats Lange’s throws from CF. He also has a single and drives in 7 runs. Despite the heroics, the Phillies lose 9–8 to P Adonis Terry. Tomorrow, Delahanty tallies 2 doubles and a triple, giving him a record 7 extra base hits in 2 games, a mark that won’t be matched for 30 years (Earl Sheely, 1926).

Cleveland falls to 3rd place (behind Cincinnati and Baltimore) after its 5–2 loss to New York. Spider manager Patsy Tebeau, after being suspended by NL president Nick Young for past transgressions, plays anyway after obtaining restraining orders on umpire Tim Hurst, New York manager Arthur Irwin, and Giant captain William “Kid” Gleason.

Deacon McGuire’s 5 hits, including 2 doubles, are enough to lead Washington to a 14–1 win over St. Louis.

15th  Bones Ely’s 5 hits fail to prevent Pittsburgh’s 2–1 loss to Boston.

16th  Cincinnati beats Baltimore 5–0 for its 11th straight win. The streak has moved the Reds into first place.

17th  Pittsburgh defeats Philadelphia 8–7 in a bizarre finish. The Phillies score 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning to take a 7–5 lead only to see Pittsburgh score 3 in the bottom of the inning for the win. Ely scores the tying run from 3B as the Phillies argue with umpire Bette following a disputed call. Philadelphia had neglected to request time out. Kid Carsey then comes in to relieve Jack Taylor and balks in the winning run.

19th  A crowd of 24,900 at Cincinnati is disappointed when the Reds lose to Baltimore 14–6. The Orioles score 9 runs in the 7th to tie Cincinnati for first place.

21st  Cleveland shuts out visiting Washington in both games of their doubleheader, 2–0 and 7–0, behind Zeke Wilson and Bobby Wallace. Five of the 7 NL games today are shutouts.

23rd  Cy Young pitches no-hit ball for 8 2⁄3 innings before surrendering a single to Ed Delahanty in a 2–0 win over Philadelphia. The win is Cleveland’s 6th straight and leaves them one game out of first place.

24th  Baltimore wins over St. Louis by forfeit. After the Orioles score the first 5 runs in the top of the 13th to break an 8–8 tie, St. Louis flagrantly delays in the bottom of the inning, prompting umpire Bob Emslie to call the forfeit.

25th  The 2nd game of the doubleheader between New York and Pittsburgh is stopped after the top of the 8th with the Pirates ahead 7–2 because the flooding Allegheny has inundated the field. New York wins the opener, 10–7.

26th  In the 8th inning of Cincinnati’s 10–1 win over Cleveland, Cincinnati’s Eddie Burke steals 2nd and collides with 2B “Cupid” Childs. The subsequent fist fight is joined by other players, and then Cincinnati fans. More than 50 police are needed to clear the field.

28th  Cincinnati’s 9–8 win over Cleveland is the Reds’ 8th straight victory. Upset by the umpiring, Cleveland player-manager Tebeau comes in to pitch in the 9th with runners on 2B and 3B, no outs, and an 8–8 tie. He promptly gives up the game-winning hit to Germany Smith. This would be Tebeau’s only ML pitching appearance.

St. Louis takes advantage of 18 hits, 13 Louisville errors, and 11 walks to stomp the Colonels 20–5.

30th The Pirates and Giants trade first basemen, the Bucs sending future Hall of Famer Jake Beckley to NY for Harry Davis. Beckley will move on to the Reds in May, 1997 and hit .300 in 7 of his next 8 seasons, while Davis will lead the AL in RBIs in 1905-06.

31st  After a disputed call, Pirates P Frank Killen hits umpire Daniel Lally in the face. When Lally responds in kind, hundreds of Pittsburgh fans charge onto the field. Eventually Killen is arrested for disorderly conduct. Pittsburgh wins 9–7 over host Cincinnati.