This day in baseball: McGraw’s debut

John McGraw made his debut as a major league manager on April 18, 1899 at the age of twenty-six.  His Baltimore Orioles defeated the New York Giants (McGraw’s future team) 5-3 that day.  McGraw’s managerial career would span 33 years, during which time he won ten pennants and three World Championships.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.

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Wikipedia


This day in baseball: Opening Day snowball fights

On April 11th of the 1907 season, the Giants had their home opener against the Phillies.  The game took place following a major snowstorm, and the New York grounds crew had been forced to shovel large amounts of snow to the outer edges of the field.  When the Giants fell behind in the game, restless fans started hurling snowballs at one another.  In spite of numerous warnings from Bill Klem, the home plate umpire, the snowball fights continued.  A frustrated Klem finally called the game in the top of the ninth, and the Giants were forced to forfeit the game to the Phillies.

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Bill Klem (frontierfield.org)


This day in baseball: Player of the sixties

On January 17, 1970, Willie Mays was named Player of the Decade for the 1960s by the Sporting News. During the ten-year span, Mays batted .300 and averaged 100 RBIs and 35 home runs per season with the Giants.

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1966 Topps


This day in baseball: Keefe’s streak ends

On August 14, 1888, New York Giants pitcher Tim Keefe lost to Gus Krock and the White Stockings, 4-2, at the Polo Grounds.  This defeat marked the end of a nineteen-game winning streak for Keefe.  1888 proved to be the Hall of Fame pitcher’s best year, as he posted a 35-12 record and a 1.74 ERA with 335 strikeouts, earning him the Triple Crown that season.

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Library of Congress


This day in baseball: Bye, bye baseball

On August 8, 1903, as Dodgers infielders argued a close call at the bag at third base, Joe McGinnity of New York dashed home and was credited with a steal of home plate.  Brooklyn pitcher Henry Schmidt was so upset about the steal that he turned and threw the baseball out of the ballpark.  His actions resulted in Schmidt being tossed from the game, and the Dodgers lost 4-3.

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Henry Schmidt (Wikipedia)


This day in baseball

Babe Adams of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched an entire 21-inning game without issuing a single walk on July 17, 1914.  It was the longest game pitched by a single pitcher in big league history in which that pitcher did not concede a base-on-balls.  In the top of the 21st inning, Larry Doyle’s home run proved the deciding hit, giving the New York Giants the 3-1 victory.  Rube Marquard of the Giants, who also went the distance in the game, allowed only two walks and gained the victory.

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Babe Adams (Wikimedia Commons)


This day in baseball

Led by legendary pitcher Christy Mathewson, the Giants lost to the Cardinals on May 24, 1909.  It was the first time in five years that the New York team suffered a defeat at the hands of the Redbirds, having beat them 24 consecutive times prior to this game.

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Christy Mathewson (Baseball-Reference.com)