1897 June

1st  At the Polo Grounds, the Giants score 4 runs in the 6th and appear on the brink of scoring more, when the Pirates refuse to continue play because of the calls of umpire Michael McDermott. The Bucs are leading 7-4 when McDermott declares a forfeit win to the Giants, their second within a month.

The Philadelphia Phillies trade Kid Carsey and Mike Grady to the St. Louis Browns in exchange for Ed McFarland.

2nd  Boston scores 14 runs in the first two innings, helped by Zeke Wilson’s wildness in the 2nd, to coast to a 21-3 win over Cleveland. Fred Klobedanz, on his way to a 26-7 record, is the easy winner.

3rd  in New York, the Giants stop Louisville, 6-1, in the first of two games. Because this game was transferred from Louisville without league consent, no officials are present. Two players, Charles Dexter and Mike Sullivan. The game will be declared no contest. The second game will count and the Giants take that, 10-6.

4th  For the second time in four days, manager Patsy Donovan’s aggressive tactics cost the Pirates a game on forfeit. With the weather threatening in the 4th inning, the Pirates stall egregiously hoping for a rainout, until umpire Jim McDonald declares a forfeit.

Chicago’s versatile Nixey Callahan wears his pitching hat in an 8-5 victory at Washington. Nixey will be 12-9 this year as a pitcher, while hitting .292 in 94 games as an IF/OF.

5th  Losing 4-3 in the 9th inning at New York, Chicago manager Cap Anson brings in Clark Griffith and Jim Connor as pinch hitters. Three singles, a homerun by Jimmy Ryan, a steal of home by Barry McCormick, and two Giant errors give the Colts seven runs and the victory, 10-4. Batting for Tim Donahue, Connor has two singles in the 9th as a pinch hitter, a first in the majors. The Colts are in 10thplace.

6th  Gus Schmelz resigns as Washington’s manager after a disappointing 9-25 start.

7th  In the midst of the season’s longest winning streak, Boston blanks Pittsburgh 4–0 to move past Cincinnati into 2nd place.

12th Brooklyn pitcher Brickyard Kennedy belts the only homer of his career, off Chicago’s Nixey Callahan. But Nixey holds on to win, 6–5, with the loss going to Dan Daub.

Browns newcomer, Kid Carsey, wearing his old Phillies uniform, is no mystery to the Giants, especially George Van Haltren, who hits three doubles and a single in the 9-2 victory.

14th  At Eastern Park in Brooklyn, a combined team of Chicago and Brooklyn players loses a 5 inning morning contest to an Australian team, 11–8. The Colts win the regular afternoon game, 15–4.

15th  Pittsburgh loses to Washington 10–8 despite Gene DeMontreville’s 5 hits and a grand slam by Steve Brodie. Brodie’s blow comes in the 8th off Les German.

16th  Louisville president Harry Pulliam fires manager Jim Rogers and, after a vote of the players, replaces him with 24-year-old OF Fred Clarke. In addition to his $2,400 salary, Clarke gets an extra $500 for managing the team. They’ll finish 11th. Clarke will be the youngest manager until Lou Boudreau will establish the record in 1942 at age 24.

The Reds explode for 12 runs in the 3rd inning and whip Brooklyn 15–6.

17th  Jouett Meekin allows 11 hits and his teammates commit 4 errors, but New York still manages to shut out Cleveland 7–0. Tomorrow, Cleveland is held to 3 hits and loses, 5–0.

19th  Lefty Frank Killen allows 5 Baltimore hits as he pitches Pittsburgh to 7-1 victory and holds Willie Keeler hitless. Keeler fails to get a hit for the first time in 1897 after 44 straight games, a ML record that will stand until DiMaggio ties it June 29, 1941. Keeler had a hit in his last game in 1896 giving him 45 straight games. Keeler will accumulate 243 hits in 128 games this year, a NL record for 25 years until Rogers Hornsby collects 250 in 154 games in 1927. Keeler’s streak is his second of 25 games or more: in 1893-94 he hit safely in 25 straight games (as noted by Trent McCotter).

21st  Boston moves into first by posting its 17th straight victory, beating Brooklyn 11–6. Winning pitcher Fred Klobedanz has a single, 2 doubles, and a triple.

22nd  Boston’s winning streak is halted at 17 as Brooklyn pitcher Bill Kennedy defeats the Beaneaters 7–4.

Toronto (Eastern League) makes 35 hits and totals 68 bases against Dan McFarlan of Rochester, winning 29-12. There are 24 doubles in the game.

23rd  The Beaneaters maintain their half-game NL lead with a 13–2 rout of Brooklyn.

Pitcher Jack Powell of Cleveland makes his ML debut a noteworthy one as he sets Louisville down on three hits for the first of his 246 career victories. His teammates make it easy by rolling to an 18-1 win.

The Giants top the Orioles, 9-4, as outfielder George Van Haltren starts a record-tying three double plays (one completed at home in the 2nd inning; two at 1B in the 3rd and 9th innings). This 2012 discovery was made by David Vincent; previously, Van Haltren was credited with one DP. Candy Nelson (New York, AA on June 23, 1887 is the only player previously to have accomplished this feat. There will be two in the 20th Century; Jack McCarthy, 1905 and Ira Flagstead (1926).

24th  Dick Harley leads the Browns to a 12-inning 7–6 victory over Pittsburgh by going 6-for-6. Harley (not to be confused with 1905 Boston rookie Dick Harley) has 5 singles and a double, batting 8thagainst Jim Hughey and Jesse Tannehill and finishes the day with a consecutive hit streak of 9. He hit safely his last 3 at bats yesterday.

26th  Pittsburgh CF Steve Brodie’s string of consecutive games ends. His arm is so sore the Pirates go on the road without him.

Jack Stenzel hits a solo HR with 2 out in the 9th inning to give the Orioles a 1–0 victory over Boston, its first in an important 3-game series with the NL leaders.

29th  Chicago scores in every inning to demolish Louisville 36–7 to set the NL record for runs scored. The Colts pile up 32 hits for 51 bases with Barry McCormick hitting 4 singles, a triple, and a HR in an ML record-tying 8 at bats. Tying a league record set by an earlier Chicago club, 6 players score 4 runs each in the runaway, with McCormick and Jimmy Ryan scoring 5 runs. Ryan also hits a grand slam. in the 2nd off Chick Fraser. Winning pitcher Nixey Callahan is 5-for-7, the first of a record three times he’ll collect 5 hits in a game (May 18, 1902; May 8, 1903). Chick Fraser is the starter for Louisville, but is replaced in the 3rd by Jim Jones, making his ML debut, with his team down 14–0. Only 9 runs are earned as Louisville kicks in with 9 errors. Jones will make one other pitching appearance, in 1901, but will play as an outfielder that year and next.

30th  Wild southpaw Cy Seymour of the Giants allows 11 walks in an 8-3 loss to the Orioles. He will be a 20-game winner, however.

Chicago releases Fred Pfeffer, a 16-year veteran. Called the cement that held together Chicago’s “stonewall infield,” Pfeffer was a career .255 hitter.