1899 September

2nd  Louisville defeats visiting Washington 25–4 at Eclipse Park. There are 8 HRs in the game, including 6 by Louisville. All 6 are hit by different players (Dummy Hoy, Mike Kelley, Tommy Leach, Fred Clarke, Claude Ritchey, Billy Clingman), a ML record that will not be matched until the 2000 season. Kelley and Leach’s drives are inside-the-park HRs, according to Dave Vincent. Because of the small attendance, Louisville President Barney Dreyfuss will decide to transfer the last 14 home games to the opponents’ grounds.

President Nick Young says the NL uses 6,000 balls per season. Why, in one Sunday game in Chicago they used 34!

3rd The Cincinnati Reds clobber Cleveland’s Crazy Schmit, 19–3. The Reds collect 22 hits and 8 walks.

4th  The Superbas, already famous for their late rallies, stage “Brooklyn finishes” in 2 different boroughs, winning the morning game in Brooklyn, 3-2, with 2 runs in the 9th, and then taking the afternoon game, 5-4, in Manhattan with 4 in the 8th.

Louisville and St. Louis split a pair with the Colonels winning the opener, 14-2, as pitcher Bert Cunningham hits his second homer—and second grand slam—of the year. It comes off Cy Young in the 5th. This sets a ML record for slams by a pitcher in a season and a career, a mark that will be tied by Dizzy Trout and Tony Cloninger (in one game). The Colonels drop game 2 by a 2-1 score.

After eking out a 3-2 win in the opener, Philadelphia (NL) takes an easy 17–0 win over Washington. Chick Fraser is the winner over Gus Weyhing.

In Mansfield, Massachusetts, in the New England League, the home team sweeps 6 from Portland. They play 2 games before lunch, and 4 afterwards. Portland walks off the field and forfeits after 2 innings in the 6th game to protest an ump’s decision, but the first 5 games last 9 innings each, for a total of 47 innings. According to Phil Lowry, this is the only professional sextupleheader in history.

5th  The Reds roll over Cleveland, winning 19-3 and 9-7. Kip Selbach scores 5 runs in game 1 while winning pitcher Bill Phillips has 3 hits, including a pair of triples, According to historian Tom Zocco, he is the first pitcher to have two triples in a game. Jake Beckley has 7 hits in the 2 games.

In Philadelphia’s 18-10 win over Washington, Roy Thomas scores 5 runs for the winners.

7th  Hometown Brooklyn loses to Boston 2–1 when Tom “Tido” Daly tries to score the tying run in the bottom of the 9th but is called out by umpire Bob Emslie. When the fans attack Emslie, police and players escort him off the field to the railway station.

8th  Pittsburgh’s Jimmy Williams, who earlier set a rookie record by hitting in 26 consecutive games, runs his new string to 27 games. He is stopped by Deacon Phillippe of Louisville, who also stopped his earlier streak. Louisville wins, 5-3. The 27 straight game streak is a club record, not topped by any 20th century Pittsburgh batter.

Jesse Burkett of St. Louis hits 2 homers and a single to help Cy Young defeat the Reds, 12-3.

Brooklyn’s ace Jim Hughes stops Boston, 5-0, but Fielder Jones, despite an RBI, sees his consecutive game streak of reaching base stopped, as he has no hits, walks or HBP. Jones’ streak started in game 2 of June 13th and reached 70 games yesterday, far exceeding the record of 60 set by George Van Haltren in 1893 (Jones’ record was discovered by historian Trent McCotter in the 21st century). Jones’ mark will be topped by Joe DiMaggio, in 1941, and by Ted Williams in 1949. Oddly, he finishes the season with a modest .285 batting average and a solid but unspectacular OBP of .390. His OBP ranks 6th on the team for starters.

9th  Doc McJames of Brooklyn has a no-hitter until Hugh Duffy of Boston singles with 2 out in the 9th. Nevertheless, the league leaders win, 4–0. Fred Tenney, Boston’s sterling first sacker, now horse collared for six games, is being roasted by Boston fans as a “stiff” and a “lobster.”

Jake Beckley of Cincinnati hits a grand slam inside-the-park HR in the 5th in a 12–6 loss to St. Louis. In the same game, Bill Phillips quick-pitches a perfect strike to Burkett, who had stepped out of the batter’s box. True to his nickname of “The Crab,” Jesse shows his irritation and is ejected. Emmet Heidrick has 4 singles and scores 3 times for St. Louis.

10th  In Cincinnati, OF Sam Crawford makes his ML debut for the Reds a success by helping to beat two NL rivals, Cleveland and Louisville. In a scheduling quirk, the Reds play Cleveland and whip the Spiders, 10–2. The game lasts 7 innings, not because of a mercy rule, but because the Spiders need to catch a train. Crawford collects 2 singles in that contest. Later, the Reds take on Louisville, and Crawford has 3 hits, including a triple off Bert Cunningham, in leading Cincinnati to an 8–7 win. Crawford has 5 hits, filling in for the absent Elmer Smith. A grieving Smith misses the last two months of the season after his wife dies. The 19-year-old Crawford will end the year at .307 in 31 games.

Pitcher Bill Magee is signed by Washington, his 3rd NL team this year.

Rochester wins the Eastern League pennant, 8 ½ games ahead of 1898 champion Montreal.

12th In game 1 at National Park in Washington, Reds pitcher Jack Taylor gives up 4 runs on 5 hits into the 4th inning. Suddenly he is unable to lift his right arm and the ball rolls out of his fingers. The alleged strain to his right side is probably unrelated to his death in 4 months due to Bright’s disease, but this is the last game of his career. “Brewery Jack” finishes 9-10 this season after going 15-29 last year with a league-high 397 innings pitched for the Browns (according to Peter Mancuso). Washington, in 11th place, sweeps, winning 7–3 and 5–4, to move 30 games ahead of 12th place Cleveland.

13th  A lotta Malarkey. John Malarkey makes his first start for Chicago—and his first ML appearance in three years—a memorable one as he gives up 12 runs in the 6th inning to the host Giants. The Orphans lose, 13-2.

14th  The first-place Superbas take pair from the Pirates, winning 7–5 and 7–1. Doc McJames hangs the golden sombrero on rookie Jimmy Williams in game 1, striking him four times. No other player strikes out four times this season.

15th  Vic Willis’s drop ball is working effectively, as no Boston outfielder records a putout in a 9–4 victory over Pittsburgh. Beaneater Chick Stahl chips in one of the longest HRs ever hit at Boston.

Washington pastes a 15–3 loss on Cleveland’s Crazy Schmit, on his way to a 2–17 record. Schmit was playing with the baseball comedians, the Pittsburg Wanderers, when he was signed in June. His only pitch is a slow curve, described by the Washington Post as, “. . . a roundhouse scroll that wafts to the plate with the nonchalance of a dapper youth flaunting through Burlington Arcade. . . an inviting, appetizing toss.” Schmit kept a carefully detailed diary of the weaknesses of all opposing batsmen. According to the August 18, 1899, Brooklyn Eagle, he could bolt from the mound mid-inning to fetch it for reference. His entry for Cap Anson’s weakness read “base on balls”, and Schmidt reportedly followed that strategy.

17th  A preliminary organization meeting is held in Chicago regarding a proposed new American Association. Among the delegates are Adrian Anson of Chicago, Chris Von der Ahe and Al Spink of St. Louis, and representatives from Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington.

18th After losing 24 games in a row, Cleveland defeats Washington, 5–4, in 10 innings. The Senators are the 3rd team of the season for losing pitcher Billy Magee, previously with Louisville and Philadelphia. The Spiders will go on to lose their next 16 games.

In Brooklyn, the Cubs and Superbas play to a 10-10 tie, called after 8 innings because of darkness. Bill Lange has 5 hits to complete a hitting streak of 9 straight that he began on September 15.

20th  In Brooklyn’s 5-3 home loss to St. Louis, they use two pinch runners in the 8th inning, the first verified use of pinchrunners being used except as substitutes for injured players. According to Clifford Blau, Jack Dunn was the first pinch runner and (Chick) Cargo the second. Cargo is not in the record books as a major leaguer since the NL will not credit pinch runners with a game played for at least another decade.

But I’ll miss the team picture! Following a 6-2 loss to Baltimore, Crazy Schmit (2-17) is handed his release by the lowly Cleveland Spiders. Crazy will end his NL career at 7-34, then tack on two more losses next year in the AL with Baltimore. According to the Brooklyn Eagle of August 18th, Crazy kept a detailed diary on all opposing batsmen and was known to bolt from the mound in mid-inning to fetch it for reference. His entry for Cap Anson was “base on balls” [which might have been his entry for a number of hitters: he walked 169 in 338 IP).

Brooklyn buys 3B Zeke Wrigley’s contract from Syracuse, although Wrigley has been playing for New York for the past 5 days. He will play 15 games with 1st-place Brooklyn. The NL fines Brooklyn $500 and threatens to disallow the games that Wrigley plays, but nothing comes of it. This is Wrigley’s last season and the brouhaha will come to nothing.

22nd Chicago’s Ned Garvin ties a ML mark by giving up 13 hits in a shutout as he beats Boston, 3–0. He walks two. Boston takes the second game, 8-7, in 8 innings as darkness ends it.

23rd Buck Freeman hits his 3rd homer in 4 games and this one is the longest on record at the Brooklyn Park. But his Washington team goes down to defeat, 7-5.

24th Save some runs, boys. The visiting Orphans pound the Reds, 21-4, in the opener and then the Reds return the favor with a 11-1 victory in the nitecap, called in the 5th on account of darkness. In the first game, Sam Mertes leads the way with two home runs over the center-field fence in Cincinnati, one of them finishing in a spectacular way, as noted by Steven V. Rice: “Just back of the [Cincinnati] park is a saloon, the occupants of which always thought themselves protected, but the awakening was dear. . . .[Mertes’ home run] tore up a mechanical advertising apparatus costing over $50, and still unimpeded, smashed through a plate-glass window, struck the center of a table, breaking up a pinochle game, and then bounded over the bar into the cut-glass ware on the shelves. When the wreckage had been cleared up, a bill was presented to the baseball management for $64 [in] damages. The ball now hangs in that saloon as a trophy.” (Washington Post, October 21, 1906).

Louisville wins an unusual doubleheader in St. Louis, as the Colonels trip the home Perfectos, 7-6, in the opener, then beat the Cleveland Spiders, 7-1, in a second game. Cleveland is the nominal home team in the game, called at the end of 7 innings. Louisville (as noted by David Vincent) had been scheduled in Cleveland on August 21 and in St. Louis on September 6.

26th  St. Louis scores in all 8 of its innings in a 15–3 home win over Cleveland. Winning hurler Cy Young becomes the second pitcher this month to collect a pair of triples in a game as he goes 3-for-4 (as noted by Tom Zocco).

At Chicago, the Pirates apply two coatings of calcimine, winning 5-0 behind Sam Leever and 12-0 behind Bill Hoffer. Hoffer is helped by a grand slam from Jimmy Williams in the 4th, against Jack Taylor.

27th  Sun glasses? Brooklyn beat the Giants, 7-5, in 8 innings when ump Manassau calls the game at 5:05 on account of darkness. With the sun shining brightly, fans and Giants players grouse about it.

28th  Giants P Cy Seymour loses to the Phillies, 6-3, but in 8 innings pitched walks 11 and strikes out 10. The Giants’ outfield makes one putout and no assists in the game. After a long absence, Nap Lajoie appears as a pinch hitter for the Phils and collects a hit.

30th  Fifteen bases are stolen in the Orioles’ 6-4 win over Brooklyn, nine off of the O’s Duke Farrell, six off Brooklyn’s Aleck Smith.