September 1900

5th  While riding on the steps of a crowded streetcar in Philadelphia, Phils 3B Harry Wolverton is struck in the head by a pole beside the tracks, suffering a possible skull fracture. He recovers and will play next year.

6th At the Polo Grounds, the Cardinals jump on Giants starter Ed Doheny, scoring 8 runs in the first 3 innings. Christy Mathewson makes his first appearance in a month, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings of relief. St. Louis wins, 11–4.

The Philadelphia Phillies gang up on Chicago Colts Nixey Callahan, scoring 20 runs on 25 hits, both a Chicago club record. Philadelphia wins, 20–5. Nixey will have another bad outing on the 11th.

11th  The Giants batter P Nixey Callahan for 23 hits in a 14–3 win over the Chicago Colts. In the 2nd game, a 3–3 tie called because of darkness after 9 innings, Chicago rookie C Johnny Kling debuts with 3-for-4 at the plate.

12th  Sammy Strang, a rookie 3B, breaks in with 7 hits for the Chicago Colts in a doubleheader against the Giants. Chicago catcher Johnny Kling and Giants pitcher Win Mercer collide at the plate in the 7th inning of the 2nd game, and Mercer is carried off the field unconscious. Chicago coasts, 9–1 in the opener, with Mercer the loser to Jock Menefee. New York takes the nitecap, 7–6, when Dummy Taylor fashions a 7-inning win over Jack Taylor.

The Chicago White Stockings roll by Cleveland, 12–4 and 9-1, to clinch the AL’s first pennant.

In the AL, Milwaukee takes 2 from Detroit by 2–1 scores, each game taking 1 hour, 20 minutes, the fastest time of the year.

The Reds commit 17 errors in a doubleheader at Brooklyn, losing 7–2 and 13–9, the most errors in one day by any team in the 20thcentury. Iron Man McGinnity closes both games for Brooklyn; he has worked in every game for a week.

13th At the Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson makes his first start, pitching a complete game loss to the Colts. Chicago wins, 6–5, scoring 4 runs in the first, thanks to an error by 1B Jack Doyle.

The Reds manage to make 17 errors in a doubleheader loss to Brooklyn, and they should be thankful game 2 is called after 6 ½ innings on account of darkness. Brooklyn wins the opener, 7–2, then loses 13–9. In game 1, Reds Eustace ‘Doc’ Newton sets a NL record for pitchers with 4 errors. It will be tied, but no one will top Ed Doheny’s 5 errors, set in 1899. For Doc, it is a warm-up for next year’s season when he makes an NL-record 18 errors.

14th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants pull off the first triple play of the 20th century in a 5–1 win. With Chicago’s Johnny Kling behind the plate, and Virgil Garvin pitching Jack Doyle, George Davis and Kid Gleason do the deed (one historian has Mike Grady as the third runner). It’ll be another 10 years before a trifecta is pulled off in the NL.

15th In New York, the last place Giants edge the Pirates, 2-1, when Charlie Hickman leads off the 9th inning with a walkoff homer.

17th  In one of the most blatant sign stealing acts in history Reds SS Tommy Corcoran, coaching at 3B in a doubleheader at Philadelphia, uncovers a wire in the coaching box that leads across the outfield to the Phils’ locker room. There, reserve C Morgan Murphy reads the opposing catcher’s signs and relays them to the Phils’ 3B coach ‘What’s the Use’ Chiles by a buzzer hidden in the dirt. Something must work as the Reds lose both games, 4–2 and 4–1. The Phils owner will take several weeks before replying to the spy charges.

18th  The AL season ends with Chicago 4 games in front. Says the Reach Guide: “Effective pitching and sharp fielding were the rule as only 17 batters hit over .300. There was less disorder in the field than the other league, owing to the vigilance of Ban Johnson in protecting umpires.”

19th As noted by Joe Dittmar, the furor mounts over the Phillies’ use of a buzzer device to steal signs and prompts Petie Chiles to get the ball park early and plant a dummy device under the 1B coach’s box. Chiles coaches 1B rather than his customary 3B, and his suspicious actions prompt the Reds players to start digging there. They find the device, but there are no wires attached. The Phils win again, 8–7.

St. Louis C Wilbert Robinson objects to the ump’s calling a Brooklyn runner safe at home. He throws the ball at the ump and jabs him in the chest, and the umpire reacts by swinging his mask at Robby and throwing him out of the game. Cards captain McGraw refuses to put in another catcher, claiming one is injured and the other suspended. The ump forfeits the game to Brooklyn. The Brooklyn fans object to the stoppage of play and President Ebbets refunds money to those who want it.

20th In a 10–4 8-inning win over St. Louis, Pittsburgh’s Honus Wagner steals 4 bases. Jesse Tannehill is the victor, scoring 2 runs, one on a steal of home.

26th At Boston’s South End Grounds, Giants reliever Christy Mathewson walks 6 and fails to hold a 7–4 lead, and Boston wins, 8–7. It is Matty’s 3rd loss. The Giants will return the rookie to Norfolk rather than pay $1500, and Mathewson will be picked up by Cincinnati for $100.

Cy Young and Rube Waddell match 4-hitters, but Cy’s St. Louis team wins over Pittsburgh, 4–1.