1897 July

1st  Lou Sockalexis breaks out of a slump going 5-for-5 to lead Cleveland to a 6-2 victory over St. Louis.

3rd  Boston players present a horseshoe of roses to Giants manager Bill Joyce before the game, then defeat him and the Giants 3–2.

5th  With the bases loaded, Pittsburgh’s Jim Donnelly hits a ball that goes through Jesse Burkett’s legs in left field. Burkett refuses to field it and by the time SS Ed McKean can get to the ball, four Pirate runners score. Cleveland loses the game 6–1, after winning the opener, 4-3.

After beating the Phillies, 3-2 in the opener, the Beaneaters win game 2, 8-5, with 5 runs in the 9th. This is the 7th time in 8 games that the league leaders have won a game in their final at bat. Boston’s victory, along with its win the next day, give the Beaneaters an incredible record of 28 wins in 30 games.

The Reds defeat Baltimore 8–5 for their 10th win in 11 games and move past the Orioles into 2nd place in the NL race.

At League headquarters President Nick Young says that Giants pitcher Amos Rusie will be worth $100,000 to the various league clubs before the present season is over. “A strong New York club helps everybody,” says Young.

6th  Brooklyn tries for a “Boston 9th-inning finish,” but fails, losing to New York 7–5.

9th  The Athletics score in 8 of 9 innings and accumulate 26 hits en route to a 19–7 rout of Cincinnati.

10th  Kid Baldwin, 33, dies in a Cincinnati charity hospital. Baldwin last played in 1890 and was admitted to the hospital in early June as a “hopeless wreck from dissolution.” The New York Times added at the time, “he can’t possibly live long.”

12th Louisville’s Tom McCreery sets a ML record by lining three inside-the-park homers off John Taylor. His liners come in the 3rd, 6th, and 9th innings of a 10-7 win over Philadelphia

Lou Sockalexis’ errors in right field are responsible for six of Boston’s eight runs in Cleveland’s 8-2 loss. Later in the week, “Sox” will be suspended for indifferent playing. His poor work is said to be due to dissipation.

13th  Ed Delahanty has 9 hits in 9 at bats during the Philadelphia-Louisville doubleheader. Philadelphia wins both games 4–3 and 9–7.

14th  Delahanty continues his hard-hitting, going 4-for-5 with 2 singles, a double, and a HR in Philadelphia’s 10–5 win over Louisville. Delahanty sets a record with 10 consecutive hits. He is the 4th player to have three consecutive four-hit games.

The Spiders upend the front-running Beaneaters, beating Boston, 18-12. Bobby Wallace has a grand slam for Cleveland, connecting in the 4th off Fred Klobedanz. It is the second slam that Klobedanz has served up this year.

15th  Washington 1B Tommy Tucker hits five singles and a double in 6 at bats in the Senators’ 16–5 win over the Reds. The hits come against Red Ehret and Bill Rhines, one of the first submariners.

16th  A game is played under electric lights at the Cycle Park in San Antonio, TX. Dallas wins the exhibition 10–5.

Hughey Jennings breaks up a pitcher’s duel in the 9th inning with a homerun with Willie Keeler on base. Baltimore edges the Colts, 2-1.

Owner outrage at players ineptitude is vividly expressed by Washington’s president J. Earl Wagner. His Senators, en route to a not-so-bad 7th place, are denounced as “dunghills and quitters.”

The Louisville Colonels announce the purchase of the contract of Patterson star Honus Wagner, the Atlantic League’s star fielder and batter.

After the Louisville Colonels score 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th to gain a 7–7 tie with New York, the Giants complain that the rally was illegally aided by suspicious calls by the umpire. New York refuses to take the field in the 10th inning, and the Colonels are awarded a 9–0 forfeit victory.

17th  Baltimore’s Willie Keeler gets 4 hits and scores 5 runs in a 20–2 rout of Chicago.

18th  Cap Anson lines a 4th-inning single off George Blackburn, as Clark Griffith and the Colts defeat Baltimore 6–3. In the 8th inning, O’s John McGraw twice steps in front of pitches from Griffith, and each time umpire Jim McDonald refuses to award first base to McGraw.

19th  Honus Wagner makes his first appearance, going 1-for-2, singling and stealing second as Louisville beats Washington 6–2.

22nd After a base on balls in the Pittsburgh-Baltimore game, umpire Jack Sheridan moves to his station behind the pitcher’s box. Pirate pitcher Pink Hawley says something to Sheridan whereupon the ump strikes Hawley on the cheek. Pink responds with two blows knocking out Sheridan. After 10 minutes, Sheridan is able to continue. Pittsburgh loses 9-1 in the opener, but recovers to take game 2, 4-3, as Pink starts that game as well.

24th With Philadelphia (NL) holding a 4-3 lead over Cleveland, the game is forfeited to Cleveland. No reason is given.

25th Bill Dahlen celebrates his return to the Chicago lineup after a long injury by swiping home against Louisville in the 4th inning. In the 6th, Colonel captain Fred Clarke tries to match the steal with one of his own; after being bunted to 2B, Clarke picks up the loosened bag and runs with it to 3B, but is tagged out in the process. He protests that he couldn’t be out, since he still has 2B, but Hank O’Day doesn’t buy the argument. Bill Dahlen’s steal of home is only run of the game.

27th At West Side Grounds, Bill Everett hits a walkoff homer in the last of the 10th to give the Colts a 4-3 win over the Reds.

28th The Giants score 7 runs in the 1st inning against Cy Young, who hangs on after that and gets some help from Cupid Childs, who hits a grand slam, triple and single. Cleveland knocks Seymour out in the 2nd and Cupid’s arrow is struck in the 3rd off reliever Jouett Meekin. Cleveland outlasts New York, 14-8.

31st  At Eastern Park, 11,000 fans cheer as Brooklyn’s “Fighting Bill” Kennedy takes a 2–0 lead into the 9th inning against the Giants. Giants pitcher Jouett Meekin leads off with a single. Two more singles, a sac bunt, an error on Davis’ grounder, and a fly ball ties the game and puts Davis at second. When umpire O’Day turns his back, “Fighting Bill” fires a ball at his head. Typically, Kennedy is offline, allowing Davis to trot home with what proves to be the winning run. The Giants win, 4–3.

Louisville ties a ML record by having 6 batters reach base after being hit by pitchers Mike McDermott and John Grimes of St. Louis. Grady and Cross hit homers but Louisville wins, 11–6, then drops the nitecap, 7–5.

At Cincinnati, the Indians—with Indian Lou Sockalexis out of the lineup—top the Reds, 6–3, behind the pitching of Cy Young. 5,500 look on.