3rd Owen Wilson hits for the cycle to pace the Pirates to a 10–2 win over the Reds.
4th In Chicago, the Colts sweep Philadelphia, winning 10–4 and 5–4, in 12 innings. A number of fans fire pistols to celebrate the holiday but no injuries occur.
At Cincinnati, in the 3rd inning of game 2, Giants 1B Jack Doyle slugs ump Robert Emslie after being called out on a steal attempt. Fans jump from the stands as the two get into it and players finally separate the two fighters. Two policemen chase the fans back into the stands and then arrest Doyle and take him to the York street station. He’ll be fined for the assault. The Reds lose the nitecap, 6–3, after winning the opener, 8–1.
In what is (incorrectly) called the first baseball game ever played in Paris (The Literary Digest, August 1918), a team of John Phillips Sousa plays against a team led by his trombonist Arthur Pryor.
5th At Cincinnati, Jerry Nops of the Superbas pitches a one-hitter, beating the Reds 2–0. Tomorrow his teammate Frank Kitson also pitches a one-hitter, winning 10–0, the first instance of back-to-back one-hitters in the 20th century. The last time it happened was June 17, 18, 1884.
7th Boston hurler Kid Nichols notches his 300th career victory, beating Chicago 11–4. The win comes 2 months before his 31stbirthday, making him the youngest to ever reach the magic figure. Nichols has 2 of the 19 hits off Nixey Callahan.
8th For the 4th time in his career, St. Louis star Jesse Burkett hits two inside-the-park homers in a game. It is all the scoring St. Louis can muster as Brooklyn wins, 8–2.
9th the Reds edge the Phillies, 5–4, with the aid of a hidden ball trick. Third baseman Bob Wood, with the help of C Heinie Peitz, catches Elmer Flick. Phils captain and star Ed Delahanty doesn’t play because of a hangover and will sit out tomorrow as well.
12th Frank “Noodles” Hahn of Cincinnati twirls a 4–0 no-hitter over Philadelphia as the Reds sweep the four-game series. The Reds lefty gives up 5 walks to the visiting Quakers who are playing without Nap Lajoie. Hahn strikes out 7, including the first two batters in the 9th. The last batter Roy Thomas is thrown out on his two-strike bunt. Philadelphia’s Bill Bernhard allows 7 hits, including a homer by Sam Crawford in the 7th.
13th Harry Wolverton of the Phillies hits 3 triples and 2 singles in an 8-inning 23–8 victory at Pittsburgh. With the Pirates down, 20-4, manager Fred Clarke brings in his RF Honus Wagner to pitch the last three innings. He gives up 3 hits and 3 unearned runs. Jimmy Williams has a 1st-inning single, then severely sprains his ankle. The injury will keep him out of action for a month, depriving him of any chance of winning the triples crown this year.
Buck Ewing resigns as manager of the last-place Giants and is replaced by SS George Davis. The Giants respond, as it seems they do with each managerial change, with a win over Brooklyn, 14–1.
14th Chick Fraser fires a one-hitter for the Phillies in a 1–0 win over Boston. It is the only shutout of the year for the righty, who will become part of the first big lawsuit challenging the reserve clause in the 20th century.
Back home, Brooklyn scores just one run again, but Bill Kennedy allows just 6 hits in beating the Giants, 1–0.
15th At Detroit, Tigers manager Tommy Burns, afraid the crowd would injure umpire Joe Cantillon after the previous day’s hostilities, refuses to let him work, and the game is forfeited to Cleveland. But Indians manager Jim McAleer agrees to play using reserve player Sport McAllister as the ump, and Detroit wins, 6–1.
The Reds Noodles Hahn follows up his no-hitter with a 9-hitter, but still shuts out St. Louis, 9–0.
Billie Barnie, veteran manager in the AA and the NL, dies of pneumonia in Hartford at the age of 47. ”Bald Billie” last managed Brooklyn, in 1898. He will be buried in Brooklyn’s Green-wood cemetery.
17th At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, the Superbas tie the score against the Giants in the 5th. With 2 men on base and the score tied, New York captain George Davis takes out pitcher Ed Doheny and brings in rookie Christy Mathewson, just brought up from Norfolk where he was 20–2. He hits 3 batters, walks 2, and gives up 6 runs in a 13–7 loss, charged to Doheny. The New York Timessays, “Matty has lots of speed and gives promise of making his way.” Doheny also plunked a batter, while Brooklyn’s Joe McGinnity hit 2 for a combined 6 in the game, a record, since tied. McGinnity will hit 40 batters this year.
21st In the last of the 9th at Brooklyn, with 2 outs and the score tied at 5–5 with the Reds, an intentional walk to Deacon Maguire goes awry. Maguire reaches out and taps a Noodles Hahn pitch, but the catcher picks it up, then drops it, and the winning run scores.
25th The Boston Beaneaters score 13 runs in the first inning against the Cardinals on 10 hits, including 2 triples by Buck Freeman, and 4 errors. Hughey and Weyhing are equally hit hard by the Boston batters, all of whom score at least one run apiece. The game is shortened by rain after 6 innings and Boston wins, 18–5. The 13 runs in one inning nearly equals the mark set by Chicago in the 19th century, but sets a 20th century mark for the first inning. It is the first of four times this century the Cards will allow 13 runs in a frame.
Mathewson makes his 2nd appearance, relieving in the 3rdagainst the Pirates with the score 3–1. The Bucs rattle the rookie for 6 runs in the inning to lead 9–1. Matty gives up another run in his 7 innings, as Pittsburgh coasts to victory.
26th Gus Weyhing, hit hard yesterday, is released by the Cardinals but does not get the 10 days pay he’s entitled to. He gets a deputy sheriff to seize the St. Louis share of the gate at Brooklyn, but it comes to less than the $100 he’s claiming. Weyhing will pitch briefly in 1901 before calling it quits, the last gloveless pitcher in the majors.
29th With all the NL teams in the East, and no Sunday games allowed, 100 players gather in New York City. Their demands are: release of players who are not going to be used rather than farming them out, and players to share in the purchase price when they are sold. Says veteran Hughey Jennings, “We are not out to fight the owners, but to resolve injustices in the contracts.”
31st At Chicago, the Giants batter the Orphans, 9-4, but lose catcher Jack Warner in the 6th. Warner grabs a foul pop up by Greene, but smashes into the stands and sustains a compound fracture of his left arm. His elbow is shattered. He is rushed to Wright Hospital and his arm is wired back up. Miraculously, he returns to action next year.
At Brooklyn, the Pirates collect 26 hits in handing the Superbas their worst thrashing of the year, 17-1. Jesse Tannehill wins his 6th in a row as he will win 10 straight before losing. He also has 3 doubles and a single, as Claude Ritchey has 4 hits, Tom O’Brien has 5 and Ginger Beaumont has 4 hits, including a double and triple.