1898 September

1st Nap Lajoie singles against the Browns to become the first hitter this year to reach 150 hits.

3rd Fielder Jones has 4 hits and 4 other Grooms have 3 each in Brooklyn’s 16–8 battering of Chicago. Walters Thornton and Woods share the ignominy. Each allows 10 hits and 8 runs.

4th Baseball pioneer William Cammeyer, founder of the Union Grounds in Brooklyn, and owner-manager of the New York (Brooklyn) Mutuals when the NL started in 1876, dies in Brooklyn. He was 77.

5th  Cleveland outlasts Cincinnati, 8–6, in a 14-inning slugfest of 38 hits, 9 of them doubles. Cy Young and “Still Bill” Hill, who allows 21 hits, go all the way.

6th  In the second game of a doubleheader, Willie Keeler for Baltimore goes 0-for-5 against Red Donahue of Philadelphia, ending his 25-game hitting streak. He had an earlier 25-game string from July 2nd to 30th. Baltimore ties, 5-5, after losing the opener, 7-1

Jud Smith hits a four-run homer for Washington in the 9th, off Fred Klobedanz, but Boston prevails, 9-5, to stay two percentage points ahead of Cincinnati for first place.

10th  In a 4–2 loss to St. Louis pitcher Jack Taylor, Chicago reels off 3 double plays en route to a team total of 149. This total will not be surpassed until 1917 when the St. Louis Cardinals do it with 153. Dahlen to Connor to Everett have far better fielding stats than their more famous successors, Tinker, Evers, and Chance. Bill Dahlen will be gone in a few months, traded from Chicago to Baltimore for Gene DeMontreville.

11th The Giants circumvent the New York area “blue laws” this Sunday by playing and winning League games with Washington across the Hudson River in Weehawken, NJ. Pitcher Seymour, batting 2nd in the lineup, strikes out 12 batters in the 8–2 victory. He has a hit and stolen base.

14th  Buck Freeman, who led all minor leagues with 23 HRs while with Toronto in the Eastern League, hits his first ML HR for Washington in an 8–5 loss to Cleveland. Washington loses both games today to Cleveland. The Nationals have their 4th manager of the year at the helm, Arthur Irwin, who has run the Nats twice before.

Seven Phillies make 2 hits each off Nixey Callahan in a 10–2 drubbing of Chicago.

16th  Chicago forfeits the opener with Philadelphia, despite leading 2–1 after 4 innings. Then Jimmy Ryan of Chicago opens the nitecap with a HR, and his club goes on to a 10–5 win. It is his 17th leadoff HR, easily the highest total in the 19th century.

17th  After losing the morning game 6–1 to Brooklyn, the Pirates manage an 8-8 tie in the afternoon game, thanks to the slugging of Willie Clark. Clark hits a pair of bases-loaded triples, one in the 1stand another in the 7th. He is the third player in the 19th Century to accomplish this feat. The two bases-loaded triples ties the NL team mark.

Baltimore gains a game on first place Boston, losers to Louisville, by beating Cleveland, 9-4. Dan McGann hits a grand slam for the Orioles, off Cy Young in the 8th, and Joe Kelley starts a consecutive hit streak of 9 straight. He’ll be stopped on the 20th.

18th Buck Freeman continues his heavy hitting, belting 2 homers and a double to lead Washington to an 8–5 victory over Chicago.

20th  Boston overwhelms Louisville 24–4, setting the season’s record for runs by one team. The Colonels make 10 errors, a high in the league this year. But the game’s only HR is by Louisville’s Dummy Hoy.

The Kansas City Cowboys win the Western League pennant on the last day of the season, beating Indianapolis 6–5.

21st In Louisville’s 18-9 win over New York, Fred Clarke scores 5 runs.

The Senators loan Al “Butts” Wagner to the Dodgers, where he will play 11 games at 3B, making 9 errors. Honus’s brother returns to the Senators after the season, but it is his last in the majors.

23rd  The NL western teams are shellacked on their final eastern trip, winning 23, losing 35. Baltimore takes 10 of 11, but gains no ground on the first-place Beaneaters, who win 9 of 10 and hold a 31⁄2 game lead.

Jim Callahan of Chicago stops Baltimore’s 12-game winning streak with a 2–0 shutout at Baltimore.

24th  In the only NL game played today, Willie Keeler, now known as “Wee Willie,” leads an Oriole attack on Washington’s Gus Weyhing with 4 hits and becomes the first player to reach 200 this season. The O’s win, 14-3.

27th  Jake Beckley accepts a record 22 chances—21 putouts, one assist, no errors—in the Reds’ 9-inning win over Cleveland. As noted by historian Frank Williams, Cleveland’s Jesse Burkett continues his hitting streak which began on September 2 and will end on October 2, a streak of 25 games.

28th  Louisville righthander Bert Cunningham wins his 11thstraight victory (Sporting Life says 10 in a row, while historian Adie Suhsdorf counts 11), a record streak for the season. Kid Nichols of Boston would have had 16 straight but for a tie game between victories 9 and 10.

29th  Jimmy Collins collects 4 hits, including 2 HRs, one a grand slam in the 9th, Al Orth, giving Boston an 11–10 win over the Phillies. His league-leading HR total is 15 for the season.

Kip Selbach’s grand slam helps power the Senators to a 12-1 win over the visiting Giants. Kip’s clip comes in the 4th, off Cy Seymour.

30th Philadelphia again loses to Boston, 7–3, and Nap Lajoie voices his dissatisfaction with Tom Brown as an umpire. Nap is sent to the bench but gets in a parting shot that Brown is crooked. For this he is suspended for 3 days.