1898 June

1st Former P Charles Sweeney, recently released from San Quentin penitentiary where he served a sentence for manslaughter, officiates in the San Francisco-San Jose game as a California League umpire.

3rd  Jack Clements of St. Louis becomes the first player to catch 1,000 games. He drives in the winning run in a 5–4 victory over Baltimore. Ironically, he is a lefty thrower and his record will soon be surpassed by Wilbert Robinson and Deacon McGuire.

6th  Bill Dahlen, Chicago SS, hits 3 triples in a 15–2 triumph at Brooklyn. It’s the 2nd time he’s had 3 triples in a game, but the other time was under ground rules about balls hit into the crowd.

8th  Hugh Duffy hits a grand slam, off Pink Hawley, to lead the Beaneaters to a 10-1 win over the Reds. It is Duffy’s 4th career grand slam and he and Jimmy Ryan will share the ML record until Honus Wagner tops it in 1915.

9th  Ed Doheny of the Giants fans 12, but 7 walks, 5 wild pitches, and 6 New York errors give Chicago a 10–8 victory.

P-OF Jack Stivetts breaks a 9th-inning 5–5 tie with Cincinnati as he delivers a game-winning pinch HR, the 3rd such wallop of his career. His record will stand for 16 years.

10th  A hard week for managers: Tom Brown is replaced at Washington by “Dirty Jack” Doyle, Billy Barnie is fired by 9th-place Brooklyn. Barnie’s successor, CF Mike Griffin, resigns after 4 games; President Charlie Ebbets fills in. “Scrappy” Bill Joyce is dropped by the New York Giants in favor of Cap Anson, who takes over tomorrow.

11th Cap Anson makes his debut as Giants manager and guides New York to a 6–2 win over Brooklyn at the Polo Grounds. Anson will not be happy with owner Andrew Freedman and last just 22 games at the Giants’ helm before Joyce returns as manager,

13th  Former pitcher Charles Sweeney, recently released from San Quentin penitentiary where he served time for manslaughter, officiates in the San Francisco–San Jose game as a California League umpire.

14th John Anderson, Norway’s gift to the major leagues, leads Washington to 2 close wins over Baltimore with a timely homer in each game. The Nationals win 8–7 and 4–2.

Walt Woods, Chicago righty, loses to Cincinnati, 2–1, in 14 innings.

18th  After the players mutiny and refuse to play, Philadelphia deposes 29-year-old manager George Stallings, who was in his second year of managing the team. The abrasive Stallings will mellow and resurface as the manager of the 1914 Miracle Braves. Club secretary Bill Shettsline, a nonprofessional, will be 15 games above .500 managing for the remaining 103 games.

19th  With Cleveland batting in the bottom of the 8th inning at Euclid Beach Park, the game ends abruptly when all of the Cleveland players are arrested for violating the Sunday blue law. Not so coincidentally, the Spiders had just scored to go ahead 4–3, so the arrests assure Cleveland of a victory

20th  Elmer Flick, who swings a 54-ounce bat, hits 3 triples for the Phillies at St. Louis in a 14–2 victory.

22nd  Having lost to Cincinnati 2–1 in 14 innings on June 17th, Chicago P Walt Woods loses to Boston 6–5 in 14 innings, his 2nd loss of that lengthen a week. Boston’s Ted Lewis relieves Vic Willis with 3 runs in, 2 on, and one out in the first inning, and induces the Orphan batter to hit into a double play. Lewis, “The Pitching Professor” (he is the Harvard baseball coach) finally triumphs over Chicago in the longest and one of the best relief efforts of the 19thcentury.

25th Cap Anson is quoted as saying, “the Brush rule (against rowdyism on the field) does more harm than good.”

27th Peoria beats St. Joseph, 8–4, in a Western Association game. After giving up 3 runs in the 1st, St. Joe’s McDonald pitches 19 scoreless innings. Peoria’s Quinn, arriving in the 5th with the score 3–3, matches him for 15, and wins on a 5-run rally in the 21st.

28th. New York wins the first of two at Cleveland, 4-0, before losing the second game, 6-4. In game 2, New York manager Cap Anson, “choking with rage, purple with anger,” is banished from the field by umpire Charles Cushman for disputing a call. Several policemen are needed to escort him off. Chief Zimmer circles the bases when New York catcher Mike Grady, preoccupied with arguing the third strike call, throws the ball away in frustration. Anson will go 9-13 as manager before turning the reins back to Bill Joyce who started the season as manager.

29th  The Western Association disbands due to lack of attendance.

30th  The Phillies run up the season’s record total of 27 hits, whipping Cincinnati, 17–3. Southpaw Wee Willie Dammann goes the route for the Reds, allowing 40 total bases.