1899 July

1st  In the first of 2 with Cleveland, Boston ace Vic Willis takes a 7–0 lead into the 9th, but can’t finish off the Spiders who tie the game. Reliever Parson Lewis gives up a pair of runs in the 11th and Cleveland wins, 10–9. Cleveland rookie Frank Bates hurls the 17-hit complete game for his only victory of the year against 19 losses, allowing just one earned run. Cleveland, which has averaged under 200 fans a game at home, splits the twin bill and decides to spend the rest of the season on the road. The club’s record is 12-49. They will play just 7 more home games and finish the year with a total attendance of 6,088, the lowest in ML history. With gate receipts averaging $25 a game, other clubs are refusing money-losing trips to fulfill the normal schedule. Cleveland is 1-19 in Bates’ first 20 starts, a mark that the 2018 Reds will match in the first 20 starts of Homer Bailey.

3rd  Arlie Latham, a colorful third sacker in his playing days, makes his debut as an umpire at Pittsburgh.

4th For the first time in Chicago history, a doubleheader on the Glorious Fourth is rained out.

Two of the era’s finest hitters race to be first with 100 hits on the season. Willie Keeler gets his 98th and 99th in the first game of the Superbas holiday doubleheader with the Phillies. Nap Lajoie has hits 97th, 98th and 99th. Keeler’s 3rd-inning double in game 2 noses out Nap, whose single comes an inning later. The second place Phillies take both games from the leading Superbas, winning 10-7 and 9-1.

In the second game at Baltimore, John McGraw singles, then steals 2B, 3B and home, as the O’s down the Beaneaters twice, 2-1 and 5-4.

5th The 9th place Giants replace popular manager John Day with Fred Hoey, who will guide them to a 10th place finish. Hoey’s prominence is based mainly on his pigeon shooting competitions. He is on the bench today as the Giants lose to Washington, 6-2.

Brooklyn fights hard but loses in Philadelphia, 7-4, when the Phils score 3 in the bottom of the 8th. First-place Brooklyn has now lost 8 straight and leads the Phils by 3.5 games.

7th Fred Tenney of Boston celebrates the birth of his daughter by going 5-for-5 in an 8-3 win over New York.

Brooklyn flashes its leading form by outslugging the Phillies, 9-7. in 65 games John McGraw has reached base 155 times, 65 through walks, 6 by being hit by pitches on his way to a .547 OBA. Only on June 18th has he failed to reach base at least once. McGraw will draw an NL-high 124 walks this in 117 games, the second player in history to have more walks than hits. Joe Crooks is the other. Babe Ruth will be the next.

8th At Brooklyn, the Phillies lose, 6–2. It’s a painful win for Hugh Jennings, who gets hit by pitches three times by Chick Fraser. According to historian Al Kermisch, this is the 4th time that Jennings has been plunked 3 times in a game.

9th  St. Louis plays two teams in an unusual pairing and wins both by 11-4 scores. The Perfectos beat Louisville in the first game, despite a record-setting two unassisted double plays by Colonel 2B Claude Ritchie. The Perfectos then top Cleveland in 7 ½ innings as Lave Cross contributes a grand slam off Crazy Schmit in the 3rd. For Cross, it is his 4th career grand slam, tying the ML mark which will stand until 1915.

Judge Dunn of Chicago orders city officials to stop interfering with Andrew Brennan, who put seats on the roof of his house near the park and sells tickets to people.

10th  Nap Lajoie has his 6th four-hit game in the Phillies’ 10-0 blowout of Brooklyn, which ends the Superbas’ streak of 22 consecutive wins at home. The Phillies are the only club not shut out so far.

Boston takes a pair from New York, 3-0 and 6-5, to stay in 2nd place, 3 ½ games behind Brooklyn. Three games separate 6th place St. Louis from 2nd place.

11th Chicago’s 10-6 win at Boston is their first there since 1896. Tomorrow, visiting Louisville will beat the Orioles, 13-3, for their first win in Baltimore since 1896.

12th Jack Taylor pitches his first game for the Reds since being suspended since June 1st, and, though pitching credibly, loses 10–5 to the Washington team. “Brewery Jack” has been in training in Brooklyn since his suspension for missing games and allegedly drinking (according to historian Peter Mancuso).

13th  At Boston, Chicago’s Sam Mertes triples in the 1st inning and then steals home to lead the Orphans to a 9–4 victory. Mertes adds a single and double and makes a spectacular catch in the outfield.

14th  Kid Nichols pitches a one-hitter against Pittsburgh, winning 2–0. Opposing hurler Jack Chesbro, in his 2nd game, makes the hit, and pitches a four-hitter. It is Chesbro’s 2nd complete game in three days.

The Superbas trade Dan McGann and the versatile Aleck Smith to the Washington Nationals for 36-year-old Deacon McGuire. Smith had been acquired from Baltimore in April and the Nationals will complete the circuit by selling him to Baltimore on August 5. McGuire had been announced as part of a Brooklyn-Washington trade last April, but Duke Farrell went in his place.

15th  Boston manager Frank Selee is quoted by Sporting Life as saying: “I look upon Lajoie as a ballplaying genius with more natural talent than any ballplayer since Charley Ferguson.”

Baltimore’s Joe McGinnity and Frank Kitson both throw shutouts against Cleveland, winning 10-0 and 5-0.

Jimmy Collins of Boston, in the bottom of the 11th with Herman Long on base, hits the ball over the fence to win the game 1–0 against Jesse Tannehill of Pittsburgh. Collins gets credit for a double.

18th  Young Jack Chesbro allows 5 hits as the Pirates whip the Superbas, 8-2. With Doc McJames pitching, Brooklyn totals 25 assists, an NL record. The standing NL record of 28 assists will be set by the Giants in 1911.

A 7-5 Reds win in Baltimore is punctuated by a 9th inning on-field brawl that starts when Tommy Corcoran attacks John McGraw. The free-for-all is joined by both teams, spectators and eventually the police. McGraw and Corcoran are fined and tossed.

21st At Washington, the Cleveland Spiders take the first of 2 games, 5-3, behind rookie Harry Colliflower, who wins his first outing. However, Colliflower will get roasted in his next 11 starts to finish 1-11 in his only season. The Senators win by the same 5-3 score in game 2.

22nd  Pittsburgh’s rookie leadoff batter, Ginger Beaumont, makes 6 infield hits, off Wiley Piatt, and scores a record 6 runs in an 18–4 romp over Philadelphia. Jimmy Williams has 3 hits, including a pair of triples. Nap Lajoie is sidelined with synovitis (water on the knee) and will not return until late September.

Louisville 1B Mike Kelly and SS Billy Clngman turn the season’s third triple play in a 9-2 win over first-place Brooklyn.

24th  At Pittsburgh, the Pirates sweep a pair from Philadelphia, winning both games with homers in the 9th by rookies. After the Phils score 5 in the 9th in the opener, Jimmy Williams hits a 3-run homer with no outs in the bottom of the frame to win, 9–8. In the nitecap, Ginger Beaumont hits a triple with 3 on and a run already in to win, 5–4. Beaumont is credited with a triple since the winning run scores ahead of him, but would’ve gotten a homer otherwise.

25th  Rookie Jimmy Williams has a stellar day collecting a 2-run homer, triple, and 2 singles as the Pirates outslug the Philadelphians, 15–12, for their 5th win in a row against their cross-state rivals. In the five-game series, Williams goes 13-for-20 with 10 runs and 18 RBI. He has 5 triples and 3 homers (as noted by SABR biographer Dixie Tourangeau). Williams will end the year with a rookie-record 219 hits. Lloyd Waner will top it in 1927.

Cleveland’s Jim Hughey beats his old team the St. Louis Browns, 3–1, for one of his four wins in 34 decisions this year.

26th  Pitcher Jim Hughes of Baltimore steals home in the 5th inning against Louisville and wins the game 3–2.

30th  The Colonels’ Honus Wagner hits 2 inside-the-park home runs in the 2nd game of a twin victory over Cleveland at Louisville. The Colonels win 9–2 and 16–13 over the hapless Spiders, now 15-74.

31st Christy Mathewson makes his first pro appearance, pitching for Taunton (Mass.) against Manchester of the New England League. Christopher the Crafty loses, 6–5.