1899 May

st  Cleveland wins its home opener over the Louisville Colonels, 5–4, in 14 innings before only 500 fans. They lose the 2nd game of the twin bill, 2–1.

I say “Doctor”. Jim McJames, Brooklyn righthander becomes a “doctor” in fact. After years of off-season effort, he achieves his M.D. and he celebrates with a 7-6 victory over Washington.

3rd  Pittsburgh’s Jack McCarthy gets a game-winning 3-run HR in the bottom of the 9th when his drive into the corner goes through a door that someone then shuts before the fielder can reach it. The Colonels complain that “a Pittsburg employee opened the right field gate and made away with the ball.” On June 5, the league orders this game replayed.

Candy LaChance has 19 putouts at 1B for Baltimore as Boston wins, 2-1.

New York’s Tom O’Brien receives one of the earliest intentional walks in ML history. In the 8th inning, with men on 2nd and 3rdwith one out, Ed Delahanty trots to the mound to tell Phils’ P Jack Fifield to walk O’Brien, who has hit well all day. The next batter, Fred Hartman, hits into a DP. Philadelphia wins, 7–3.

4th An unusual occurrence takes place in the Texas when three teams in the four-city league play in Houston. Yesterday’s Houston-Austin game is stopped after three innings when the managers of both teams are so dissatisfied with the performance that the game is stopped and fans are refunded their money. They announce the game will be played the next day, but Austin, however, is supposed to play in San Antonio today. But the San Antonio team, coming from Galveston, stops in Houston. In the first game Austin defeats the Bronchos, 6-1 and then Houston beats Austin, 14-10. Both games go 9 innings.

6th Reds P Bill Dammann allows 11 hits but shuts out St. Louis, 11–0.

At Boston, the Beaneaters score 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th to tie Brooklyn at 10 apiece, but the visitors score 2 in the 10th to win, 12-10. A crowd of 4,000 is on hand. Brooklyn benefits from homers by Bill Dahlen, John Anderson and Duke Farrell.

8th  Harry Wolverton’s three-run HR in the bottom of the 9th gives the Chicago Orphans an 8–7 victory over Cleveland.

Chummy Gray of Buffalo (Western League) pitches the season’s first no-hitter in the Bisons’ home opener against Indianapolis.

9th  New York drubs visiting Washington, 19-1, with the help of 10 errors. Gleason leads the 20-hit attack with 4 hits. The Giants go to Philadelphia tomorrow and will not return to the Polo Grounds till May 30.

11th  At Pittsburgh, rookie Noodles Hahn hits a sac fly in the top of the 7th to give the Reds a 1–0 win over the Pirates. Heinie Peitz scores the lone run.

Despite five hits by Lou Sockalexis, the woeful Spiders lose to first-place St. Louis, 8-6. Sockalexis does not help the Cleveland cause as he drops two fly balls and is thrown out on a double steal. On the 13th, Lou will fall down twice in the outfield and be handed his release after the game.

13th  Ed Delahanty of the Phillies, who hit 4 HRs in a game in 1896, collects 4 doubles in a 9–0 victory over New York, the only player to achieve these dual records. The Phils will lead the NL in doubles with 241 with Delahanty setting the NL record for doubles with 55.

14th  The Reds set a franchise attendance record as 26,000 watch the Reds lose to St. Louis, 6-5, in 11 innings.

With his team in 10th place, Pittsburgh manager Bill Watkins resigns his $4500 position and is succeeded by Patsy Donovan.

15th  Willie Keeler, one of the smallest players and best bunters, drives the ball past startled LF Ed Delahanty of the Phillies for an inside-the-park grand slam and an 8–5 victory for Brooklyn. The hit comes off Wiley Platt in the 8th.

17th  Brooklyn takes second place in the NL with an 11-10 win over host Philadelphia. A crowd of 5,100 is on hand.

      Sporting Life indirectly criticizes joint ownership of 2 clubs with this comment: “Syndicate Baseball Results—May 17, 1898, Cleveland 16 W, 8 L; May 17, 1899, Cleveland 3 W, 20 L.”

19th  The Giants are winning handily in St. Louis when starter Jouett Meekin falls apart in the 6th inning, issuing 5 walks and allowing 3 singles. Kid Gleason starts criticizing umpire Burns’ calls at the plate and finally Burns tosses him out. Gleason refuses to go and continues arguing, and after 4 minutes, Burns awards a forfeit to St. Louis. The score is 10-9 at the time of the forfeit.

21st Honus Wagner is 3-for-5 against the Cleveland Spiders, but Louisville loses, 4-3, when Wagner is doubled off 2B to end the game. Honus forgot how many outs there and did not get back to the base in time. Cleveland OF Louis Sockalexis is fined in police court for public intoxication. The club will release him, and he will sign with Hartford of the Eastern League.

23rd In Chicago, the Phillies Elmer Flick hits a grand slam in the 5th, off Jack Taylor, to provide the margin in an 11-10 win over the Orphans.

24th In Cincinnati, Giants pitcher Cy Seymour hits two doubles and two singles, but his wildness costs him a win against the Reds. With the bases loaded in the 10th and score tied 6–6, Seymour hands out his 13th walk of the game to force in the winning run. Cy strikes out none.

25th  In just his 7th big league game, Deacon Phillippe of Louisville tosses a 7–0 no-hitter against the Giants. He walks 3 batters but will become baseball’s best control pitcher with a career average of 1.25 bases on balls per game. The Colonels collect just 4 hits off Ed Doheny in scoring their 7 runs.

26th  Jack Taylor of Chicago holds Washington to 2 hits but still loses, 2-0.

27th  Chicago’s Clark Griffith tops Washington, 5-1, for his 10thstraight victory over the Senators. The streak started in 1896.

28th  John McGraw gets only one hit but scores five runs in Baltimore’s 15-9 victory over Cincinnati.

30th  The Pirates sweep a Memorial Day doubleheader from Washington behind rookies Jimmy Williams and Sam Leever. Williams has 3 singles and a pair of doubles in the morning game as the Pirates win in 10 innings, 4–3. In the afternoon contest, the Pirates win in the 9th on pitcher Sam Leever’s triple and player-manager Patsy Donovan’s single.

Following a 14-2 loss in the morning game, the Phils Nap Lajoie has seven putouts and nine assists in the afternoon game of the holiday twinbill with Chicago. He fields brilliantly but goes hitless in five trips to the plate and the Phillies lose, 9-4.

31st  Boston leadoff hitter Chick Stahl goes 6-for-6 against 3 pitchers in a 16–10 romp over Cleveland.

The Georgetown University baseball team is greeted by a large crowd at Washington’s Baltimore and Ohio train station after winning 17 out of 19 games. University officials lead a torchlight parade on horse and carriage. The Boston Herald unofficially crowns the team intercollegiate champions.