Author: This Day in Baseball

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 finishes his major league career as a player-manager for the Highlanders in 1912.

1900 – 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 finishes his major league career as a player-manager for the Highlanders in 1912.

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Jerry Nops and teammate Frank Kitson pitch back to back one-hitters the first instance of back-to-back one-hitters in the 20th century

At Cincinnati, Jerry Nops of the Superbas pitches a one-hitter, beating the Reds, 2 – 0. Tomorrow, his teammate Frank Kitson will also pitch a one-hitter, winning 10 – 0, the first instance of back-to-back one-hitters in the 20th century. The last time it happened was June 17-18, 1884.

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1900-03-31

On March 31, 1900, George “Mule” Suttles is born in Blocton, Alabama. A hard-hitting first baseman and outfielder whose career spanned both World War I and II, Suttles was one of the most feared sluggers in Negro...

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John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson sign contracts with the Baltimore Orioles of the National League

1900 – John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson sign contracts with the Baltimore Orioles of the National League. When the long-rumored move by Baltimore to disband occurs, the two players are assigned to the Brooklyn Superbas, but they will refuse and sit out the first third of the season instead. Finally, McGraw and Robinson are sold to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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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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