1899 June

1st The Reds suspend pitcher Jack Taylor after he misses the last two games. “Brewery Jack” relieved against the Baltimores in Cincinnati on the 28th and gave up 6 runs in an inning, possibly due to a hangover according to one report. Taylor denied the allegations but after pitching well in a loss to the Giants on the 30th, left for his native Staten Island and didn’t return. When Taylor eventually shows up he says he was sailing and a calm came up and he couldn’t return to shore. His two sailing companions will later turn out to be Steve Brodie, a bridge jumper, and bantamweight boxer Patsy Haley. The suspension will last five weeks and he is not allowed to return west with the team.

2nd  Nap Lajoie homers in the last of the 9th, as the Phillies beat Pittsburgh, 4–3.

The hapless Cleveland Spiders blow a 10–1 lead and lose to Brooklyn, 11–10. Brooklyn scores 7 in the 8th.

The Giants make 11 errors, but collect 18 hits, coming back to beat visiting Louisville, 13-12.

6th  Lave Cross (3B) and Willie Sudhoff (P) are transferred from Cleveland, already doing poorly, to St. Louis. Joe Quinn, the new Spiders’ manager, is now an undertaker in-season as well as off.

9th  Behind Jack Dunn, Brooklyn outplays the Reds, 6-3, to win its 12th straight game. Brooklyn will lose their next game, then reel off an 8-game win streak.

10th  Pittsburgh Pirates rookie 3B Jimmy Williams’s batting streak stops at 26 games as Louisville’s Deacon Phillippe holds him in check in game 2. The Pirates win, 6–1, in the opener, and then are victorious, 5–4 in game 2. Williams will run off another hit skein of 27 straight games, a rook record until 1987. That streak will be stopped again by Phillippe.

11th  Chicago 3B Harry Wolverton is badly injured in a collision with catcher Art Nichols in the 6th inning of a 2-1 win over St. Louis. He is expected to miss several weeks of play.

16th  New York forfeits a game to the Brooklyn Superbas when umpire Tom Burns, ridden mercilessly by the Giants after questionable calls, “won’t take it any more” and declares Brooklyn a 9–0 winner.

Louisville’s Honus Wagner is 5-for-6 and in the 10th he singles, steals 2B, and scores the winner. Louisville edges St. Louis, 13–12. Wagner now has gone 11-for-16.

19th In a 7–4 loss to St. Louis, Washington outfielder Dummy Hoy throws out three runners at home to set a (since tied) record.

In a 9-0 Phillies victory over the Reds, Nap Lajoie, described as the hardest hitter in the league, hits a ball off Ted Breitenstein of Cincinnati that is so hard hit that the rubber center breaks and the ball becomes lopsided. It bounces off the CF fence and the umpire withdraws the damaged ball.

Honus Wagner again wins an extra inning game for Louisville, this time hitting the game winner in the 12th against Baltimore. Louisville wins, 3–2. Bert Cunningham allows just 4 hits and keeps John McGraw from reaching first base for the first time in 52 games.

24th  Tom O’Brien of the Giants collects one hit and 3 walks and steals 5 bases, including home, in the 7–2 win over Cleveland. The Giants total 10 stolen bases against Ossee Schreckengost.

28th  In a 9–1 win over Brooklyn, Pittsburgh’s Jack McCarthy hits his 3rd HR of the season (a 4th was wiped out in a forfeited game on May 3rd). He will have 3,021 more ML at bats through 1907 without another four bagger.

The Perfectos pull off a triple play but they fail to score in an Orioles 5-0 win.

Chick Fraser of Philadelphia defeats his former mates at Louisville, 3-1. He holds manager Fred Clarke, his brother-in-law, hitless in 4 at bats.

30th  At Louisville, the Phillies score 10 runs in the last 3 innings to beat the Colonels, 13–9. The Colonels outhit the visitors 16-13, with Honus Wagner collecting 4 hits. The Colonels also sell pitcher Bill Magee (3-7) to the Phillies for $3250. He will go 3-5 for the Quakers and they will release him August 20.