1898 October

2nd Brooklyn and Washington play a Sunday game in Weehauken, NJ. Candy LaChance’s home run sends the Senators down to a 4–3 loss.

3rd At Philadelphia, the Giants Cy Seymour, who had been playing the outfield, shuts out the Phillies, 3–0, ending their NL record streak of 367 home games without a shutout (as noted by Jim Smith). Not included in the streak, which began after a shutout on August 16, 1893, are two protested games with the Reds in 1894. Seymour fans Lajoie twice and Delahanty and Flick once each.

6th The Orioles return to New York with Holmes in left field and beat the Giants, 6–3. There are no incidents related to the July 25 forfeit game. However, Jennings has his nose broken when hit by a pitch from Meekin in the first inning.

9th  Jack Taylor of Chicago defeats Jack Taylor of St. Louis 5–4 in 10 innings. The winner is a newcomer who won 28 games for Milwaukee in the Western League. The loser is a veteran of 8 seasons.

Reds OF Dusty Miller has 8 hits in a doubleheader against Cleveland. He dusts Cy Young in the opener, going 5-for-5 as the Reds win, 12–5. Miller has a single, double and triple in the nitecap, a 6-6 tie called after 7 innings because of darkness.

11th  Boston defeats the Senators 14–5 and clinches the league championship when Baltimore splits with the Giants.

12th  Sam Leever, Pittsburgh rookie, bests Cleveland’s great Cy Young 9–1, to score his first ML victory.

Cy Seymour loses a 2–1 duel with the Orioles. He asks to pitch the 2nd game because ump John Gaffney, who was “too severe” in game 1, will be at 2nd base and Tom Brown will ump behind the plate. Seymour wins, 6–2.

13th Phillies pitcher Al Orth pitches 2 complete game wins today, but the 2nd is an abbreviated 5-inning game. Visiting Brooklyn loses the opener to Orth, 5–1, on 4 hits, they manage 6 hits in the 9–6 game 2 loss. The game is called on account of darkness.

14th  Player-manager Fred Clarke of Louisville goes 4-for-5, including a triple, against Pittsburgh in a 4-1 win. This is his seventh 4-hit game, tops for the NL season.

15th  Boston wins its 5th pennant in the decade for Frank Selee, equaling its 102 victories of 1892, but one fewer loss increases its percentage to .685 (102-47). Only 3 of the 12 clubs make a profit, as attendance slacks off.

Brooklyn defeats the Phillies, 12-8, thanks to a grand slam in the 6thby Candy LaChance off Bill Duggleby. It is the latest grand slam ever hit in the regular season.

The Spiders end a 45-game road trip (17-24-4) by losing at Louisville, 5-4. Jesse Burkett, whose .345 is the league’s 3rd-highest mark, goes to the plate for his 624th and final at bat without a HR. The longest road trip to date is 51 days (35 games), set by Cleveland in 1884. The Spiders will play 50 on the road next year to set the mark.

Giants owner Andrew Freedman brings in a new manager. It is John Day, who has been club president from 1883 to 1892.

16th  In a throwing contest at Louisville’s League Park, Honus Wagner hurls a baseball 403 feet 8 inches to beat the official record (400’ 7 ½”) set by the Mutuals’ John Hatfield in 1872. Wagner’s distance throw will, in some histories, be topped by Larry LeJeune, who will throw for 435 feet on October 3, 1907. The 1908 Reach record book puts LeJeune’s toss at 399 feet, 10 ¼ inches, which he accomplished on September 10, 1907.

In the season just completed, Baltimore batters were hit by pitches 158 times, an all-time record, which would never be approached. Hugh Jennings led with 42, followed by Dan McGann with 38, and John McGraw with 18.

18th  NL attendance totaled 4,626,450, a drop of 1,144,815 below 1897. Chicago led with 561,00; the Reds were 2nd with 557,000. Washington did the worst overall with c. 255,000. The decline was blamed on the war and on the unwieldy 12-team league.

26th Dummy Hoy marries Anna Maria Lowery in Cincinnati. She is also deaf but has partial speech capability. She will later become a prominent teacher of the deaf in Ohio.

29th Because of league interest in curbing rowdyism on the field, information is provided indicating that there were 62 expulsions during the season. Bill Dahlen of Chicago and Patsy Tebeau of Cleveland tied for the lead with 6 thumbings each. Dahlen was also suspended for 3 days.