Author: This Day in Baseball

Boston Beaneaters catcher Marty Bergen kills his wife and two children with an axe, then takes his own life.

1900 – Boston Beaneaters catcher Marty Bergen kills his wife and two children with an axe, then takes his own life. He was reportedly depressed by his son’s death the previous April, and had suffered symptoms of mental illness for several years. Billy Hamilton is the only Boston player to attend the backstop’s funeral.

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Brooklyn was playing host to the Chicago Orphans. In the bottom of the first, John Anderson, who was in the five spot in the order came up batting fourth ahead of Fielder Jones, the proper hitter, and singled in a run. Chicago did not realize it, so the run which could have been canceled stood. In the rest of the game Brooklyn batted in the proper order.

9/19/1899 – Brooklyn was playing host to the Chicago Orphans. In the bottom of the first, John Anderson, who was in the five spot in the order came up batting fourth ahead of Fielder Jones, the proper hitter, and singled in a run. Chicago did not realize it, so the run which could have been canceled stood. In the rest of the game Brooklyn batted in the proper order.

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McGraw makes managerial debut

On April 18, 1899, 26-year old John McGraw makes his managerial debut with the Baltimore Orioles of the National League, guiding the team to a 5-3 victory over the New York Giants. McGraw also plays third base for the club, not retiring as a player until several years later.

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Washington Senator (NL) right-hander Roger Bresnahan makes his major league debut, shutting out the St. Louis Browns, 3-0, en route to posting a perfect 4-0 record along with a 3.95 ERA this season. The 18 year-old’s pitching time on the mound will be short-lived when the ‘The Duke Of Tralee’ switches to behind the plate to start a Hall of Fame career as a catcher.

Washington Senator (NL) right-hander Roger Bresnahan makes his major league debut, shutting out the St. Louis Browns, 3-0, en route to posting a perfect 4-0 record along with a 3.95 ERA this season. The 18 year-old’s pitching time on the mound will be short-lived when the ‘The Duke Of Tralee’ switches to behind the plate to start a Hall of Fame career as a catcher.

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Tim Hurst fires a beer bottle back at the fans

In the 2nd inning of the second game of a doubleheader between the Pirates and Reds in Cincinnati, OH, fans throw an empty beer bottle in the direction of umpire Tim Hurst. Hurst picks it up and throws it right back in the crowd. He is arrested and fined $100 dollars on a charge of assault and battery when the bottle hits a spectator, causing a gash over his right eye.

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Jesse Burkett The future Hall of Famer called ‘Crab’ becomes the first player to hit .400 in consecutive campaigns

In the season finale played at Louisville’s Eclipse Park, Cleveland Spider outfielder Jesse Burkett gets three hits in the team’s 4-3 victory over the Colonels to finish the year with a .410 batting average. The future Hall of Famer called ‘Crab’ becomes the first player to hit .400 in consecutive campaigns, having batted .405 last season.

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New Britain, CT native Tom Lynch becomes the first major league umpire to work in over 1,000 games. The National League arbitrator, who becomes the president of the circuit in 1910, will be behind home plate in 1309 of 1325 of the games he will work.

New Britain, CT native Tom Lynch becomes the first major league umpire to work in over 1,000 games. The National League arbitrator, who becomes the president of the circuit in 1910, will be behind home plate in 1309 of 1325 of the games he will work.

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John Montgomery Ward, who has not played or managed for the last two seasons, objects to being reserved by the New York Giants

1896 – Long before Marvin Miller and Curt Flood attacked the reserve clause, John Montgomery Ward, who has not played or managed for the last two seasons, objects to being reserved by the New York Giants. At the National League meeting in February, his appeal is upheld, and Ward becomes a free agent.

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Denny Lyons scores the winning run in the 9th inning to lead Pittsburgh to a 7 – 6 win over Washington. Lyons gets into scoring position by running from first base to third base – across the pitcher’s mound – on a fielder’s choice. The umpire does not see Lyons’s transgression, a common one in the 1890s.

On June 20, Denny Lyons scores the winning run in the 9th inning to lead Pittsburgh to a 7 – 6 win over Washington. Lyons gets into scoring position by running from first base to third base – across...

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