1896 June

3rd  Baltimore wins its 10th in a row over Pittsburgh, 5–4. The winning run scores in the bottom of the 9th when P Frank Killen hits Hugh Jennings with a pitch with the bases loaded. Jennings will set a ML record this season by getting hit by pitched balls 51 times according to STATS (Lanigan’s 1922 Cyclopedia says 49 times).

4th  The Reds’ Red Ehret wins an 11-hit shutout over Brooklyn 6–0.

5th  Cleveland defeats Baltimore 10–4 for its 2nd straight victory over the defending NL champions and replaces the Orioles in first place.

At Philadelphia, Jake Beckley hits a grand slam in the 3rd for Pittsburgh but the Phillies still win, 9-8. Con Lucid serves up the 4-run homer, but gains his only victory of the year.

11th  At New York, Jake Stenzel’s grand slam in the 7th off Cy Seymour paces the Pirates to a 12-7 victory over the Giants.

15th  Brooklyn downs Baltimore, 4-2, behind a well-pitched game by Dan Daub and a pair of triples by Candy LaChance. The loss puts Baltimore in a virtual tie for first place with Cleveland.

19th  Chicago defeats Cleveland 8–3 in a turbulent game. In the 7th, umpire Tom Lynch changes a close call at first base and enrages Cleveland manager-1B Patsy Tebeau. Lynch ejects Tebeau but Tebeau refuses to leave the field. The two square off and a near riot ensues. Lynch refuses to continue, and players Cy Young of Cleveland and backup catcher Con Daily of Chicago alternate as umpires.

Baltimore reclaims first place with a 9–4 triumph over Philadelphia plus Cleveland’s 8–3 loss to Chicago.

23rd  At Boston, Jack Stivetts stifles Brooklyn, 9-3, and collects 4 singles in the win. A 7-run 4th does in the visitors. Mike Griffin has a single, double and homer for the Brooks but the big winner for the Bridegrooms is Tommy McCarthy. The former Boston star is greeted by many of his friends who present him with a diamond ring worth $150 and floral horseshoe.

25th  Jake Stenzel’s 5 singles are not enough, as Pittsburgh falls to Chicago, 17–10.

27th  In an aftermath to the previous day’s brawl, several Cleveland players are brought before a Louisville court on a warrant sworn by Louisville owner Hunt Stuckey. Manager Tebeau is fined $100 for disturbing the peace. Ed McKean and Jimmy McAleer are fined $75 each, and Jesse Burkett, $50.

Right on the button. Pittsburgh downs Chicago, 10-4, as Patsy Donovan hits a grand slam, the third for the Bucs this month and all on the road. It comes in the 5th off Button Briggs. The Pirates will hits 27 homers this year but just five at home.

New York rallies with 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th to defeat Brooklyn 9–8. Harry Davis leads the way with a pair of 3-run doubles, one in the 5th, against Ed Stein, and the 2nd in the bottom of the 9th, off Bert Abbey. The two 3-run doubles in a game ties the mark set by Bob Gilks in 1890.

29th  The NL Board of Directors meets and fines Patsy Tebeau $200 for rowdyism. Tebeau refuses to pay and announces he will seek legal redress. In another action, the board denies the appeal of Amos Rusie against fines levied last year by New York president Andrew Freedman. Rusie is in the process of sitting out the 1896 season.

Behind Cy Young’s 11th straight victory over Chicago, the Cleveland Spiders top the Orphans, 9-6

The Reds strip the Colonels in Louisville, 20-8, as Heinie Peitz scores 5 runs.

A Texas League record is set in the 4th inning by Ft. Worth as they score 19 runs against Galveston on their way to a 31-4 win. Waco will have an 18-run inning in a game on August 6, 1930 against Beaumont.