1900 June

2nd Boston wins the season’s best slugfest, scoring 4 in the 9th and one in the 10th to beat St. Louis 17–16. Eight pitchers are used and there are 37 hits and 13 errors, including one by John McGraw. McGraw doesn’t finish the game as he gets tossed after arguing a play at 3B too strenuously. Turkey Mike Donlin has 5 hits including a game-tying homer in the 7th for the Cardinals. Herman Long has 4 hits, including a homer, and scores 4 for Boston. Long will hit 12 homers this season, all at home.

4th Fielder Jones, who will hit 20 homers in his 15-year career, hits the first homer of the year at Washington Park. But Brooklyn loses, 7-4, to Chicago.

7th Cy Seymour scatters 10 hits and issues 11 walks, but manages to beat St. Louis, 10–3. Despite the win, the Giants farm out Seymour to the Worcester Farmers (Eastern League) after the game. Pitcher Seymour, who led the NL in walks 1897-99, will return to the majors as an outfielder. This is Seymour’s last pitching decision (61-56), though not is last appearance on the mound. Since Seymour, only Babe Ruth has more hits and pitching wins. The Babe will collect 2873 hits and 94 pitching wins. Cy will total 1723 hits and 61 victories.

8th  In a 6-5 loss to Boston, Chicago’s Sam Mertes leads off with a homerun on the first pitch from Bill Dinneen, sending the ball into “the cab of a passing train engine” (as noted by Steven V. Rice). In the 7th he connects again off Dinneen, this time with two men on base. He’ll hit a leadoff homer tomorrow to tie a record. He also collects two doubles in the two games.

10th  The New York Times publishes a letter to the editor from Joseph Mann regarding Cap Anson’s book A Ballplayers’s Career, reviewed a week earlier. Anson’s is the first autobiography by a ML player. According to Mann, Anson’s book credits him, while a pitcher at Princeton, as the first pitcher to throw the curve ball, and the pitcher writes to expand on that. He says it was he who should receive credit, not Candy Cummings or Avery of Yale, who he beat 3-0 on May 29, 1875, allowing no hits. He relates that in 1874 the Philadelphia team played at Princeton and, before the game and between innings Candy Cummings would stand at home plate and throw overhand down to second base curving the ball. Cummings also pitched that day and Mann says that Candy’s catcher said that sometimes Candy’s pitches curved, but not always. Mann says that day he got “two base hits and three singles against Cummings. “and that he saw no curves, but was intrigued by the throws to second base. Mann says he worked on the curve that fall and over the winter unveiling it that spring. Mann ends his letter with: “I think I’ve said enough to establish the fact that I was the one who initiated the movement and revolutionized the pitching department of baseball.” A Mr. Rankin will answer Mann’s claims with a September 26 letter citing newspaper accounts of Alphonse Martin and Candy Cummings throwing curves in 1870.

Delegates from each ML team in the National League meet at the Sturtevant House in New York to consider a plan of organization submitted by President Samuel Gompers of the AF of L. At the meeting the League Players’ Protective Association is organized with Charles Zimmer, president; William Clarke, treasurer and Hugh Jennings, Secretary. Ex-player Harry Taylor of Buffalo is elected attorney for the association. Later the American League and Eastern League players will be organized into separate branch organizations.

13th After shutting out the Cardinals on June 10 and the Colts on June 11, Giants’ pitchers fire their 3rd straight shutout. Pink Hawley, purchased from the Reds in March, faces 29 batters in blanking the Colts, 5–0.

19th  In the year’s best pitching duel, Clark Griffith of the Chicago Colts and Rube Waddell of the Pirates match shutouts for 13 innings, before Griffith’s double in the last of the 14th drives in the only run. Waddell strikes out 12.

20th  One day after Brooklyn moved into the NL lead for the first time all year, Philadelphia regains first place with a 5–4 win over the Superbas. Elmer Flick hits a 3-run HR in the win.

21st  Brooklyn rallies for 5 in the 9th to beat host Philadelphia 8–6 and take over first place. They will hold the lead for the rest of the season. Despite the NL lead, Brooklyn is averaging only 1,100 fans per game and a concerned NL president Ned Young floats the idea of the franchise moving to Washington D.C.

22nd In what looked like a promising matchup between Joe McGinnity and Bill Bernhard of the Phillies, each 12-1, turned into a slugfest at Philadelphia. Brooklyn scores 7 runs in the top of the 11th to take a 20–13 lead. The Phillies prolong the Brooks’ rally, hoping for darkness to cancel out the half inning, though there are 45 more minutes of sun. They deliberately walk batters and make little effort to put runners out. Umpire Hank O’Day finally calls a halt and awards a forfeit to Brooklyn. There will not be another matchup this century of two pitchers with such stellar records, Bernhard will slip and finish the year at 15-10. Next year he’ll pitch for the A’s. McGinnity will top the NL again with 28 wins. A matchup of two pitchers with at least a .900 winning percentage will not occur again until the 21st century, when the Yankees’ Phil Hughes squares off against the Mets’ Mike Pelfrey on June 19, 2010. McGinnity is near th end of a 10 game winning streak.

25th Jack Powell, who will rack up the 4th highest total of losses in history (255), pitches a 2-hitter for the Cardinals, beating the Reds, 2–0. Powell will have 246 career wins. The loss goes to the Reds pretzel battery of Breitenstein and Peitz.

27th In a New York State League game, Binghamton tops Oswego, 2–1. Playing for Binghamton is Heavyweight boxing champ James J. Corbett, making the last of 37 appearances in the minors. He is 0 for 3.

29th The Colts Clark Griffith and Brooklyn’s Frank Kitson match 4-hitters in a 1–0 Chicago win. Griffith’s 4 shutouts for the year tie him for the league lead.