1899 October

2nd  Rube Waddell, of Louisville, fans 13 in a 3-hit, 6–1 victory at Chicago, besting Clark Griffith. Waddell sets a season’s mark for strikeouts. The game is called after 8 innings because of darkness.

5th Rube Waddell and Louisville shut out the Reds, 4–0. Emil Fraik is the loser.

6th  Frank “Noodles” Hahn, 20-year-old lefty of Cincinnati, faces only 28 Louisville batters in a one-hit 8–1 victory. Tommy Leach’s single drives in manager Fred Clarke, who had reached base on an error. Hahn strikes out 9 towards his league-leading total of 147.

7th  The Brooklyn Superbas clinch the NL pennant with a 13–2 win in 5 ½ innings over the Giants. Jim Hughes is the winning pitcher.

8th  The Chicago Orphans win an unusual doubleheader at West Side Grounds. In a morning game, behind Jack Taylor’s first season shutout, they beat Cleveland 13–0. Jim Hughey is the loser. Hughey will finish the year at 4-30, the last ML pitcher to lose 30 games. Then in an afternoon game called after 6 innings because of darkness, Chicago beats Louisville and Rube Waddell, 7–3. Sam Mertes has an inside-the-park homer and Bill Lange has a double, then steals 3B and home. He scores twice, as do Chance and Griffith. Lange, 28, will quit the majors after this season and return to California.

9th  Washington and Baltimore split a doubleheader, with Washington taking the opener, 2-0 and then losing, 9-2. Game 2 is enlivened by a row between Washington’s Win Mercer and umpire Manassau after a call at 2B. Mercer beefs so much that the ump fines him and tosses him out of the game. Mercer then resumes his position at 3B until the ump orders him to leave. With that, Mercer charges the ump, grabbing his shirt and tearing it in two. A crowd charges the field and the police intervene to restore order.

10th  Ted Lewis shuts out the host Phillies, 6-0, to move Boston into second place.

The Giants beat the first place Brooks, 5-2, in 7 innings. New York pulls off a triple play in the 3rd (Davis-Gleason-Doyle).

11th  The Western League holds its annual meeting in Chicago and changes its name to the American Baseball League. The AL considers putting clubs in Cleveland and Chicago. President Ban Johnson and St. Paul owner-manager Charles Comiskey give little credibility to the proposed “on paper only” American Association.

12th  Buck Freeman hits his 25th HR, a 9th-inning grand slam, off Charlie Gettig, but Washington still loses to New York, 9–7.

Jim Hughes of Brooklyn wins his 28th, topping Baltimore’s Joe McGinnity, 5–1. Hughes will get married over the winter and, after his bride refuses to return East, he will spend the 1900 season pitching in an outlaw league on the West Coast. He’ll return to Brooklyn in 1901 for two more winning seasons before defecting again.

13th  The Senators use 11 walks from Cy Seymour to beat the Giants in 7 innings, 6–4. Darkness prevents Cy from handing out any more free passes.

In Pittsburgh, the Louisville Colonels score 4 runs in the 9th to take a 6–5 lead over the Pirates, but heavy, black smoke from the steel mills spills over the field and the game is called because of poor visibility. The score reverts to 5–2, with Pittsburgh on top at the end of 8. The Colonels will win their last two games but end the season in 9th place at 75-77.

At Brooklyn, the Orioles ride a Bill Keister grand slam in the 1st to an 8-2 victory over the Superbas. Jack Dunn serves up the homer.

Kid Nichols shuts out the Phillies on three hits to win a tense 1–0 game that clinches second place for the Beaneaters. His 21 victories are his fewest in a season since joining Boston in 1890 (his 10-year total is 297).

14th  Coldwater Jim Hughey of the desolate Cleveland Exiles takes a 12-4 whipping by the Reds and suffers his 30th defeat (against 4 wins). No major leaguer will ever again lose so many.

15th  Cincinnati closes out the season with 16–1 and 19–3 home victories over the hapless Cleveland Spiders. Sam Crawford has 5 hits for the day for the Reds. The Spider starter for game 2, Jack Harper, is understandably ill and Cleveland starts 19-year-old Eddie Kolb in his place. He gives up all the runs. Kolb runs the cigar stand at the Gibson House, and he became acquainted with manager Quinn during the team’s visits to the hotel. When he heard last night of Harper’s illness he volunteered. This will be his only appearance in the majors, but he will play and manage in the minors after this. Bid McPhee, considered the best 2B of the 19thcentury, plays in both games, which ends his long career. Cleveland finishes deep in the cellar with 20 wins and 134 losses, 84 games out. They also conclude a 36-game road trip (1-35) after setting a mark earlier this year with a 50-game road trip.

In a Sunday twinbill in Chicago, the Orphans close out the season with a win and a loss. Ned Garvin (9-13) tosses his team-high fourth shutout, beating St. Louis, 7-0, on a 4-hitter. Chicago makes three double plays behind him. In game 2 of the split double header, Chicago falls to Louisville, 9-5, in a game called after 8 innings because of darkness. The decision to move the second game and finish the season on Sunday is borne out with an attendance on the day of 6200. This is the tenth split doubleheader this season, and there will not be another until September 13, 1951.

17th  Brooklyn begins a post-season series with Philadelphia for “gate money and satisfaction.” The Phillies get most of the satisfaction, batting the Superbas’ Jim Hughes for a 7–4 victory. Lajoie collects 4 hits in 4 trips.

21st  A reception for the league champions is held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Participants include boxing greats John L. Sullivan and Jim Corbett. The team receives $2500 and the champion pennant.

22nd  The sixth and last game of the post-season series is played at Hoboken, before 700 shivering spectators. The Phillies win, 6–4, to even the series at 3 apiece.