This Day In Baseball May 15
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Events for May 15
After tagging out St. Louis Browns OF Steve Brodie in a collision at the plate, Cincinnati Reds C Harry “Farmer” Vaughn throws a bat at Brodie, hitting him on the shoulder. Vaughn is ejected and fined $25 as St. Louis wins, 10 – 6, and moves past the Cleveland Spiders and the Pittsburgh Pirates into first place.
In the aftermath of a fierce fight between Baltimore’s John McGraw and Boston’s Tommy Tucker in the 3rd inning, a devastating fire starts in the RF stands at Boston’s South End Grounds. The fire destroys $70,000 worth of equipment as well as the park, the only truly double-decked grandstand Boston would ever have. The fire spreads to adjacent blocks and eventually destroys or severely damages 170 buildings. The team moves to the Congress Street ballpark for several months before returning to the rebuilt Walpole Street park.
Watty Lee throws the first shutout in American League history when the visiting Washington Senators blank the Americans at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, 4-0. The 21 year-old southpaw, who will finish the season with a 16-16 record, will be the author of two of the eight shutouts thrown in the Junior Circuit’s inaugural season.
Hooks Wiltse of the Giants becomes the first pitcher of the modern era to fan four batters in a single inning, striking out the side in the 5th inning after the first Cincinnatibatter, Jim Delahanty, reaches base on Roger Bresnahan’s third-strike error. Wiltse also fans the side in the 4th inning to total seven batters punched out in just two innings, the first time this happens. Hooks K’s 12 Reds overall en route to a 4 – 1 victory. However, the Giants suffer a major loss when Turkey Mike Donlin, breaks his leg sliding into second base after getting three hits.
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