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 Algie McBride - Major League Baseball Player

Major League Baseball Player - 1896-1901

Background: - I've been a baseball fan since I was a kid. I became interested in Algie McBride because his namesake (Algy McBride) was so generous to me when I was just starting my genealogical research.

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Algernon Griggs 'Algie' McBride
Major League Baseball Player 1896-1901

Algie McBride

    Algie's first known professional baseball experience was with the Davenport Hawkeyes of the Central Interstate League in 1899 as a 20 year old outfielder. He also played for Greenville of the Michigan State League later that year.

    His next known professional experience was in 1892 with the Waco Tigers of the Texas League. In 1895 he played briefly for the Rockford Forest City Reds then starred for the Austin Beavers of the Texas - Southern League. While with Austin he batted .444 which is a Texas League record that still stands over 100 years later and probably will never be broken.

    According to Lyle Spatz book ""Bad Bill Dahlen" Algie was tagged by Cap Anson to replace left fielder Walt Wilmot in the 1896 season for the Chicago National League Team.

    Algie McBride was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues in 1896, with the Chicago Colts (Now the Cubs). Algie McBride was born as Algernon Griggs McBride and later changed his name to Algie. Algie made his Major League Debut on May 12, 1896 under Hall of Fame Manager Adrian 'Cap' Anson.

    He played sparingly for the Chicago Colts in 1896. He finished 1896 with the Grand Rapids Rippers of the Western Association.

    In 1897 Algie tore up the Western League (headed by Ban Johnson, first President of the American League in 1901) for the St. Paul Saints. Algy led the league in hitting at .387, had 44 stolen bases and scored 170 runs. Here is the stat sheet.

1897 Stats

    Algie's contract was purchaed by the Cincinnati Reds NL team in 1898.

    Algie's had a great Rookie year with Cincinnati in 1898 when he batted .302 and stole sixteen bases. He led all National Rookies with 486 at bats, 147 hits, 94 runs, and beat out Future Hall of Famer Elmer Flick by the narrowist of margins with a .30247 batting average to Flick's .30243 batting average.

    He was an excellent outfielder in his day. In 1899 it looked like his career was ready to blossom. However looking at the 1899 statistics you can see he only played half as many games as he did the prior year yet was hitting .347 for the year.

    Some speculate the Reds new manager, Buck Ewing (another Hall of Famer), decided to platoon Algie but I am not sure of this as he bated left handed and would have had the majority of at bats because most pitchers are right handed. It may have been an injury because he never approached those numbers again.

    The statistics show he maintained his speed in the following years and he threw out 10 runners in 1900 so his arm looks up to speed but not quite as strong as before. Perhaps he broke a bone and just never got his rhythm back as his batting statistics dipped until he was traded to the Giants in 1901 where he appears to have rejuvinated his baseball career in his final season.

    Algie married Ada B. Losee on January 16, 1901 in Johnson or Morgan County Indiana.

    He played the 1902 season with Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association where in 141 games, had 552 at bats, with 153 hits, and hit .277 with 27 doubles, 14 triples and a home run.

    He had a five year Major League career including 3 1/2 years with the Cincinnati Reds from opening day in 1898 until May 30, 1901 when he was sold to the New York Giants for cash.

    He played his final game September 16, 1901 with the New York Giants of the National League.

    The following is a clipping from the February 17, 1900:

Mcbride Article

MLB teams Algie McBride Played For:

1896 Chicago Colts (Now Chicago Cubs) Notable Teamates: Cap Anson and Clark Griffith - Baseball Hall of Famers

1898 Cincinnati Reds - Notable Teamates: Manager Buck Ewing, Jake Beckley and Bid McPhee - Baseball Hall of Famers

1899 Cincinnati Reds - Notable Teamates: Manager Buck Ewing, Jake Beckley, Bid McPhee and 'Wahoo' Sam Crawford - Baseball Hall of Famers and Noodles Hahn - see more on Noodles below.

1900 Cincinnati Reds - Notable Teamates: Jake Beckley and 'Wahoo' Sam Crawford - Baseball Hall of Famers - also Harry Steinfeldt, The trivia answer to the famed Cubs Double Play Combo 'Tinker to Evers to Chance' - Who was the 3rd baseman that played with Tinker, Evers and Chance?

answer - Harry Steinfeldt

1901 Cincinnati Reds - Notable Teamates: Amos Rusie, Jake Beckley and 'Wahoo' Sam Crawford - Baseball Hall of Famers and Harry Steinfeldt again.

1901 New York Giants (Now San Francisco Giants) - Notable Teamates: Manager George Davis and Christy Mathewson - Baseball Hall of Famers

Algie's Teamate, Noodles Hahn

    An intriguing teamate of Algie's was Noodles Hawn. Hahn appears to be the classic case of overusing a pitcher and burning him out at a young age.

    Frank George (Noodles) Hahn (April 29, 1879 - February 6, 1960) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cincinnati Reds (NL, 1899-1905) and New York Highlanders (AL, 1906). Hahn batted and threw left handed.

    In an eight-season career, Hahn posted a 130-94 record with 917 strikeouts and a 2.55 ERA in 1020-1/3 innings pitched.

    From 1899 to 1904, the left arm of Noodles Hahn had no equal. He won 121 games and struck out 878 batters during that period for poor Cincinnati teams, 22 of those victories and a National League-best 239 of those Ks coming in 1901. But his Hall of Fame statistics dried up in 1905. Hahn was already on the wane by age 25, when he slipped to just 98 strikeouts.

    In 1901 Noodles Hahn sets a modern record for the most wins by a pitcher for a last-place team, with 22 victories for the Cincinnati Reds. He started 42 games in 1901 and his 41 complete games set a record for a lefty in the 20th century.

    3-times Noodles led National League in strikeouts (1899-1901). He Led NL in shutouts (1900), Led NL in innings pitched (1901), Had 4 20-win seasons (3 consecutive) (1899, 1901-1903), Posted 212 complete games in 231 starts and Pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies (July 12, 1900) - Algie was there for this one.

    Headed for the Hall of Fame, his star burnt out at a young age. He was out of baseball at the age of 27, when he should have been coming into his prime.

Known Teams Algie McBride Played for:

Year Age Team League

1889 20 Davenport Hawkeyes/Monmouth Central Interstate League
1889 20 Greenville Michigan State League
1892 23 Waco Tigers Texas League
1895 26 Rockford Forest City/Reds Western Association
1895 26 Austin Beavers Texas-Southern League
1896 27 Chicago Colts (CUBS) National League
1896 27 Grand Rapids Rippers/Gold Bugs Western League
1897 28 St. Paul Saints Western League
1898 29 Cincinnati Reds National League
1899 30 Cincinnati Reds National League
1900 31 Cincinnati Reds National League
1901 32 New York Giants National League
1901 32 Cincinnati Reds National League
1902 33 Milwaukee Brewers American Association

Major League Statistics:

Algie McBride Career Batting Statistics:

Year Team LG    G ..AB ...R .. H . 2B 3B HR  RBI  SB ..BA ..OBP   SLG
1896 CHI NL    .9 ..29     2     7 . 1 ..1 ..1 . 7 .. 0 ..241  .389  .552
1898 CIN NL. 120. 486 .. 94. 147  14.12...3. 24.. 16...302..383. .451
1899 CIN NL  .64 . 251  .57.. 87.. 12..5 ..1..23..  5 . .347..431. .518
1900 CIN NL  112.. 436 . 59. 120. 15..8...4..59.  12 ..275. .321  .436
1901 CIN NL  .30.. 123 ..19..  29...7..0...2..18..  0 . .236. .282 .415
1901 NYG NL  .68.. 264 ..27..  74..11..0...2..29.  3 . .281. .317  .394
CAREER        403  1589 258   464  60.26.12 179  36.. .292.  .356 .485

 

Algie McBride Career Fielding Statistics:

Year Team Lg Pos Games PO .A .E .DP .FP ..RFG

1896 CHN NL OF ....9 ..21 .1 .2 ..0 .917 .2.444
1898 CIN NL OF ..120 288 18 13 . 3 .959 .2.55
1899 CIN NL OF ...64 124 ..8 .7 ..2 .950 .2.063
1900 CIN NL OF ..110 163 10 16 ..5 .915  1.573
1901 CIN NL OF ....28 .59 .1 ..2 ..0 .968  2.143
1901 NY1 NL OF ....65 .84 .8 ..5 ..3 .948  1.415

Totals: ..............396 739 46 45 .13 .946  1.98

 

Positions Algie Played during his career by number of games:

LF .CF ..RF
43 189 166

Career Transactions:

August 14, 1895: Purchased by the Chicago Colts from the Austin (Texas) of the Texas League.

Signed by Cincinnati Reds for the 1898 Season.

May 30, 1901 The New York Giants acquired Algie McBride from Cincinnati Reds in exchange for cash.

Career Milestones

All Time Cincinnati Reds Lifetime Batting Average:
Ranking #34 Algie McBride .296

 Players of the Week -June 26, 1901

AL Chick Stahl, BOS, .480 Batting Average, 1 Home Run, 10 RBI's

NL Algie McBride, NYG, .483 Batting Average, 1 Home Run, 11 RBI's

Breaks up No-Hitter - July 25, 1901- Brooklyn righty Frank Kitson outpitches Christy Mathewson‚ allowing just one Giant hit in beating New York‚ 5-0. Four of the Brooklyn runs are unearned. Algie McBride has the only safety‚ a single‚ for NY.

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**History of Baseball that Algie Participated In**

    For Baseball fans that love the history of the game, Algie played in transition from 19th century baseball into the Dead Ball Era. He played with and against some of the early Baseball Stars that includes so many Hall of Famers. Baseball was a different game back then and the following historical moments give you a flavor of the transition of Major League Baseball at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th century.

    The following historical accounts describes games that Algie either played in or witnessed during his major league career. It include Algie getting the only hit for the New York Giants in 1901 breaking up a no-hitter. Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson was the Giant pitcher that day.

History of the 1896 Chicago Colts:

1896 Chicago Colts - Season Record Won 71 Lost 57 Attendance 317,500

    The 1896 Chicago Colts played 128 games during the regular season, won 71 games, lost 57 games, and finished in fifth position. They played their home games at West Side Grounds where 317,500 fans witnessed their 1896 Colts finish the season with a .555 winning percentage.

Major league affiliations - National League (Since 1876)

Location West Side Park (Since 1893)

Chicago, Illinois (Since 1871)

1896 Information

Owner(s) Albert Spalding

Manager(s) Cap Anson

1896 Chicago Colts Season Highlights:

May 3, 1896 - With an overflow crowd of 17‚231 at Chicago's West Side Grounds‚ the umpire rules that any ball hit into the crowd is a ground-rule triple. The Colts take advantage and crack 9 triples‚ including 3 by Bill Dahlen‚ to crush St. Louis‚ 16-7.

May 4, 1896 - Cap Anson's bases-loaded single with no outs in the 9th scores 2 runs and gives Chicago a 2-1 win over Brooklyn.

May 12, 1896 - Algie McBride plays his first Major League Game.

May 13, 1896 - Umpire Tim Keefe forfeits the Boston-Chicago game to Boston. The Beaneaters break a 4-4 tie with 6 runs in the top of the 11th. Flagrant stalling by Chicago in the bottom of the inning leads to the forfeit.

June 19, 1896 - Chicago defeats Cleveland 8-3 in a turbulent game. In the 7th‚ umpire Tom Lynch changes a close call at first base and enrages Cleveland manager-1B Patsy Tebeau. Lynch ejects Tebeau but Tebeau refuses to leave the field. The two square off and a near riot ensues. Lynch refuses to continue‚ and players Cy Young of Cleveland and backup catcher Con Daily of Chicago alternate as umpires.

July 13, 1896 - Ed Delahanty of Philadelphia hits 4 HRs against Chicago‚ 3 in consecutive at bats‚ connecting in the 1st‚ 5th‚ 7th and 9th innings. His 5th inning HR is "over the scoreboard and out of the enclosure-the longest hit of the year on local grounds." Chicago Tribune. The last 2 homers are inside-the-park (this is noted by historian Al Kermisch in 1978; it had been erroneously recorded earlier by Ernie Lanigan that all 4 HRs were IPHR) and both times he beats Lange's throws from CF. He also has a single and drives in 7 runs. Despite the heroics‚ the Phillies lose 9-8 to P Adonis Terry. Tomorrow‚ Delahanty tallies 2 doubles and a triple‚ giving him a record 7 extra base hits in 2 games‚ a mark that won't be matched for 30 years (Earl Sheely‚ 1926).

August 2, 1896 Still Bill Hill's 2-hitter helps Louisville edge Chicago 2-1. In the 6th inning Billy Clingman‚ in a failed attempt to score the game's first run‚ spikes Chicago C Tim Donahue. Donahue attempts to retaliate by throwing the ball at Clingman but is prevented from doing so. Chicago's George Decker fails to hit safely ending his 26-game hit streak.

1897 -Did Not Play Major League Baseball

    Algie McBride did not play Major League Baseball in 1897. Algie played for the St. Paul Saints Minor League Team in the Western League. He came to The Cincinnati Reds in 1898 to record his best Major League Season.

With The 1898 Cincinnati Reds

    In 1898 the Cincinnati Reds Won 92 Lost 60, Finished 3rd in National League 11 1/2 Games behind Boston. The Reds scored 831 runs and allowed 740 runs. They were managed by Hall Of Famer Buck Ewing. The ballpark they played in was League Park II in Cincinnati - Attendance for the year was 336,378 (2nd of 12 National Legue teams).

1898 Cincinnati Reds Season Highlights:

March 1, 1898 - At a league meeting in St. Louis‚ Reds president John T. Brush pushes through his resolution to "suppress obscene‚ indecent‚ and vulgar language on the ball field by players." There is considerable discussion‚ but it passes unanimously.

April 22, 1898 - Two no-hitters: Baltimore's Jim Hughes hurls an 8-0 win against Boston in his 2nd ML start; Cincinnati's Ted Breitenstein pitches an 11-0 win against Pittsburgh‚ marking the first time two 9-inning no-hitters are pitched on the same day. For Hughes‚ it is his second straight shutout.

May 1, 1898 - The Board of Discipline of the National Baseball League adopts a set of rules to suppress rowdy ball playing. John T. Brush said the resolution‚ which he proposed‚ "has worked like a charm."

May 8, 1898 - Rookie Harry Steinfeldt‚ the "wonder from Wonderville‚" replaces injured Bid McPhee at 2B for the Reds‚ gets 3 hits against Louisville‚ and handles 9 chances afield.

May 19, 1898 - Jake Beckley‚ Reds 1B‚ hits 3 consecutive triples off Kid Nichols in a 5-4 win over Boston.

May 30, 1898 - President Nick Young‚ in Cincinnati‚ says he is disappointed with the lower attendance at league games. He blames it on poor playing weather and the excitement over the war with Spain.

June 30, 1898 - The Phillies run up the season's record total of 27 hits‚ whipping Cincinnati‚ 17-3. Southpaw Wee Willie Dammann goes the route for the Reds‚ allowing 40 total bases.

July 14, 1898 - Reds manager Buck Ewing‚ frustrated when the Orioles tie the game in the 9th‚ throws a ball over the grandstand and is expelled. The game ends in a 12-inning 5-5 tie.

August 10, 1898 - Second-place Boston wins a doubleheader 7-4 and 6-5 from the league-leading Reds.

August 16, 1898 - Boston moves into first place‚ as Kid Nichols downs Chicago‚ 5-4‚ and the Giants' Amos Rusie shuts out Cincinnati‚ 4-0‚ The Reds held the lead for 98 days

September 5, 1898 - Cleveland outlasts Cincinnati‚ 8-6‚ in a 14-inning slugfest of 38 hits‚ 9 of them doubles. Cy Young and "Still Bill" Hill‚ who allows 21 hits‚ go all the way.

September 27, 1898 - Jake Beckley accepts a record 22 chances-21 putouts‚ one assist‚ no errors-in the Reds' 9-inning win over Cleveland. As noted by historian Frank Williams‚ Cleveland's Jesse Burkett continues his hitting streak which began on September 2 and will end on October 2‚ a streak of 25 games.

October 9, 1898 - Reds OF Dusty Miller has 8 hits in a doubleheader against Cleveland. He dusts Cy Young in the opener‚ going 5-for-5 as the Reds win‚ 12-5. Miller has a single‚ double and triple in the nitecap‚ a 6-6 tie called after 7 innings because of darkness.

October 29, 1898 - Because of league interest in curbing rowdyism on the field‚ information is provided indicating that there were 62 expulsions during the season. Bill Dahlen of Chicago and Patsy Tebeau of Cleveland tied for the lead with 6 thumbings each. Dahlen was also suspended for 3 days.

 

With The 1899 Cincinnati Reds

    The 1899 Cincinnati Reds Won 83 Lost 67, Finished 6th in National League.
They scored 856 runs, allowed 770 runs. They were managed by Hall Of Famer Buck Ewing. The Reds played in League Park II in Cincinnati. Attendance that year was 259,536 (6th of 12 National League Teams)

 

Algie McBride appeared to be on his way to a fantastic season hitting .347 but appears to have been injured playing in only 64 games.

 The 1899 Cincinnati Reds played 144 Games and Won 62 Lost 77, a .446 Winning Percent. They finished 21.5 Games Behind the first place Brooklyn Superbas.

February 25, 1899 - The NL Committee on Rules recommends that umpires be given authority to fine unruly players $10 for a first offense.

April 17, 1899 - In Cincinnati‚ the Reds edge the Pirates 8-7. In 2000‚ historian Dixie Tourangeau‚ with help from several SABR members‚ discovers an unrecorded triple for Pirate rookie Jimmy Williams in this game‚ upping his ML rookie record for triples from 27 to 28. The ball goes over Smith's head but no error is charged.

April 18, 1899 - Cincinnati's 19-year-old Noodles Hahn makes his ML debut and beats the Pirates‚ 7-5.

May 6, 1899 - Reds P Bill Damman allows 11 hits but shuts out St. Louis‚ 11-0

June 1, 1899 - The Reds suspend pitcher Jack Taylor after he misses the last two games. "Brewery Jack" relieved against the Baltimores in Cincinnati on the 28th and gave up 6 runs in an inning‚ possibly due to a hangover according to one report. Taylor denied the allegations but after pitching well in a loss to the Giants on the 30th‚ left for his native Staten Island and didn't return. When Taylor eventually shows up he says he was sailing and a calm came up and he couldn't return to shore. His two sailing companions will later turn out to be Steve Brodie‚ a bridge jumper‚ and bantamweight boxer Patsy Haley. The suspension will last five weeks and he is not allowed to return west with the team.

June 19, 1899 - In a 9-0 Phillies victory over the Reds‚ Nap Lajoie‚ described as the hardest hitter in the league‚ hits a ball off Breitenstein of Cincinnati that is so hard hit that the rubber center breaks and the ball becomes lopsided. It bounces off the CF fence and the umpire withdraws the damaged ball.

July 12, 1899 - Jack Taylor pitches his first game for the Reds since being suspended since June 1st‚ and‚ though pitching credibly‚ loses 10-5 to the Washington team. "Brewery Jack" has been in training in Brooklyn since his suspension for missing games and allegedly drinking (according to historian Peter Mancuso).

August 9, 1899 - Trailing 11–7, the Reds rally for a 14–13 win over eventual 1899 champion Brooklyn. Cincy scores 7 runs in the 8th after two are out.

August 12, 1899 - The Reds sweep a twinbill from Boston by 7-2 scores‚ and set a Cincinnati club record by winning 12 in a row.

August 15, 1899 - "Brewery Jack" Taylor pitches the visiting Reds to a 1-0 win over Boston.

September 3, 1899 - The Cincinnati Reds clobber Cleveland's Crazy Schmit‚ 19-3. The Reds collect 22 hits and 8 walks.

September 12, 1899 - In game 1 at National Park in Washington‚ Reds pitcher "Brewery Jack" Taylor gives up 4 runs on 5 hits into the 4th inning. Suddenly he is unable to lift his right arm and the ball rolls out of his fingers. The alleged strain to his right side is probably unrelated to his death in 4 months due to Bright's disease‚ but this is the last game of his career. "Brewery Jack" finishes 9-10 this season after after going 15-29 last year with a league-high 397 innings pitched for the Browns.

September 24, 1899 - The Reds unload on visiting Chicago in a doubleheader sweep. Cincinnati wins the opener‚ 21-4‚ then takes the nitecap‚ 11-1‚ called in the 5th inning.

October 6, 1899 - Frank "Noodles" Hahn of Cincinnati faces only 28 Louisville batters in a one-hit 8-1 victory. Tommy Leach's single drives in manager Fred Clarke‚ who had reached base on an error.

October 15, 1899 - Cincinnati closes out the season with 16-1 and 19-3 home victories over the hapless Cleveland Spiders. Sam Crawford has 5 hits for the day for the Reds. The Spider starter for game 2‚ Jack Harper‚ is understandably ill and Cleveland starts 19-year-old Eddie Kolb in his place. He gives up all the runs. Kolb runs the cigar stand at the Gibson House‚ and he became acquainted with manager Quinn during the team's visits to the hotel. When he heard last night of Harper's illness he volunteered. This will be his only appearance in the majors‚ but he will play and manage in the minors after this. Bid McPhee (the last Major Leaguer to play without a glove), considered the best 2B of the 19th century‚ plays in both games‚ which ends his long career. Cleveland finishes deep in the cellar with 20 wins and 134 losses‚ 84 games out, the worst season ever recorded by a Major League team.

With The 1900 Cincinnati Reds

    The 1900 Cincinnati Reds had a 62-77 record, finishing 7th in National League.
They scored 703 runs, allowed 745 runs. The Reds were managed by Bob Allen that year. They played at League Park II in Cincinnati. Attendance was 170,000 (6th of 8 National League teams).

February 7, 1900 - John B. "Brewery Jack" Taylor‚ three-times a 20-game winner and 20-game loser‚ including 29 losses in 1898‚ dies of Bright's disease at age 26.

March 9, 1900 - Bid McPhee‚ 2B for the Reds for 18 years‚ officially retires ending a career equaled in the 19th century only by Buck Ewing and Cap Anson. His lifetime record of 6‚545 putouts is still untopped. McPhee is the last position player to go gloveless.

April 19, 1900 - In the Opener at Cincinnati‚ Chicago outslugs the Reds‚ 13-10. Jock Menefee is the winner over Ed Scott.

May 5, 1900 - Chicago's Jimmy Ryan leads off against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Noodle Hahn by lining a home run‚ the 20th time he he's hit a leadoff round tripper. The Colts win‚ 4-3.

May 11, 1900 - At Cincinnati‚ the Reds and Phils total 35 hits and 14 errors in a 20-11 Phils win. The New York Times calls it "an old-fashion game‚ in which runs‚ hits‚ and errors are plentiful."

May 28, 1900 - A fire in Cincinnati nearly destroys the grandstand. The new grandstand will not be built until 1902‚ and the Reds are forced to play on the road for a month.

July 4, 1900 - At Cincinnati‚ in the 3rd inning of game 2‚ Giants 1B Jack Doyle slugs ump Robert Emslie after being called out on a steal attempt. Fans jump from the stands as the two get into it and players finally separate the two fighters. Two policemen chase the fans back into the stands and then arrest Doyle and take him to the York Street Station. He'll be fined for the assault. The Reds lose the nitecap‚ 6-3‚ after winning the opener‚ 8-1.

July 12, 1900 - Frank "Noodles" Hahn of Cincinnati twirls a 4-0 no-hitter over Philadelphia. The Reds lefty gives up 5 walks to the visiting Quakers who are playing without Nap Lajoie. Hahn strikes out 7‚ including the first two batters in the 9th. The last batter Roy Thomas is thrown out on his two-strike bunt. Philadelphia's Bill Bernhard allows 7 hits‚ including a homer by Sam Crawford in the 7th.

August 17, 1900 - Reds pitcher Bill Phillips punches Phillies batter Roy Thomas after Thomas fouls off a dozen pitches in the 8th inning. Phillips is ejected but the Reds win in the 11th‚ 5-4. Reportedly (as noted by Art Ahrens)‚ Thomas fouled off 22 straight on another occasion. According to Bill James‚ it is Thomas and John McGraw who are chiefly responsible for the NL adopting the foul strike rule next year.

August 20, 1900 - In the Reds 15-7 pasting of St. Louis‚ Cy Young is knocked out of the box for the 2nd consecutive game. This is a first in his career. The usually taciturn Young charges into the stand after a heckler who accused him of quitting on the team. Young will finish 32 of his 35 starts in compiling a 19-19 record.

September 12, 1900 - The Cincinnati Reds commit 17 errors in a doubleheader with Brooklyn, the most errors by a team in one day in the 20th century.

September 17, 1900 - 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 OF 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.

October 8, 1900 - The Chicago Colts and the Cincinnati Reds set a record for ragged fielding that still stands for errors in a doubleheader. Host Chicago boots 17-tying a record-and Cincinnati 8 as the Reds win both ends of a doubleheader 13-4 and 9-1 before 700 fans‚ with the 2nd game called with 2 outs in the top of the 9th because of darkness. In fact‚ Chicago pitcher Jack Taylor is hit in the chest by a line drive off the bat of Tommy Corcoran and needs to be helped to the bench. With no pitcher warmed up‚ and darkness descending umpire Hank O'Day calls the game.

With The 1901 Cincinnati Reds

    The 1901 Cincinnati Reds played 139 games during the regular season, won 52 games, lost 87 games, and finished in eighth position. They played their home games at League Park II where 205,728 fans witnessed their 1901 Reds finish the season with a .374 winning percentage, 38 games out of first place. They finished in 7th out of 8 teams in the National League with 52 wins and 87 losses. They scored 561 runs and allowed 818 runs. The Reds were managed by Hall of Famer Bid McPhee.

April 20, 1901 - The Reds open at home with a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh. Sam Leever wins over Noodles Hahn.

April 27, 1901 - Behind Sam Crawford's 5 hits‚ including a triple and a HR‚ the Reds beat Chicago‚ 9-2. Jack Taylor surrenders the hits and loses.

May 8, 1901 - Amos Rusie‚ onetime Hoosier Thunderbolt‚ makes his first start for the Cincinnati Reds after a two-year layoff and is bombed 14-3 by the Cards. Emmett Heidrick makes 5 singles off Rusie. After 2 more appearances‚ he goes back to digging ditches‚ having won 245 games‚ mostly for the Giants‚ in 9 years.

May 22, 1901 - At Cincinnati‚ Reds ace Noodle Hahn strikes out 16 Boston batters en route to a 4-3 Reds win. He strikes out the side in three innings and his 16 K's will stand as the club record until it is matched by Jim Maloney in 1963.

May 30, 1901 - The Reds Sold Algie McBride to the New York Giants in exchange for an undisclosed amount of cash.

With The 1901 New York Giants

1901 New York Giants - The 1901 New York Giants Won 52 and Lost 85 games, finishing 7th in National League. They scored 544 runs and allowed 755 runs. They were managed by Hall of Famer George Davis. The Giants played at the Polo Grounds III. Attendance was 297,650 (2nd of the 8 NL teams)

May 30, 1901 - Acquired Algie McBride from Cincinnati Reds in exchange for cash.

June 1, 1901 - At the Polo Grounds‚ the first-place Giants top Boston Somersets' Kid Nichols‚ 2-1‚ behind Christy Mathewson's 5-hitter. Matty fans 10 Boston batters‚ much to the delight of the overflow crowd. He strikes out Gene DeMontreville in the 6th and when the bat sails out of the DeMontreville's hands on the 3rd strike‚ Matty tosses it to 1B to complete the play.

June 9, 1901 - Overflow crowds ringing the outfields of small parks is a frequent occurrence. At Cincinnati on this Sunday afternoon‚ the first-place Giants lead 15-4 after 6 innings before 17‚000 fans. Ground-rule doubles multiply‚ and 19 more runs score in the next 2 1/2 innings. When the crowd edges onto the infield with two outs in the 9th and the Giants leading 25-13‚ umpire Bob Emslie forfeits the game to New York‚ the 2nd of 2 forfeits this year. The Reds make 18 hits.

The Giants register a 20th Century record 31 hits‚ led by the outfield: Kip Selbach is 6-for-7‚ and "Piano Legs" Hickman and George Van Haltren have 5 hits apiece for a NL record 16. Hickman and Van Haltren score 5 runs apiece. The Giants also set a ML record for most runs without a HR‚ a mark that will be tied by Cleveland in 1930. The two teams combine for a NL record 36 singles‚ 22 by New York. Only one Giant will return to the team in 1902: 5 will go to the AL‚ and 3 will retire, including Algie McBride.

June 26, 1901 - Players of the Week -

AL Chick Stahl, BOS, .480 Batting Average, 1 Home Run, 10 RBI's

NL Algie McBride, NYG, .483 Batting Average, 1 Home Run, 11 RBI's

July 1, 1901- Christy Mathewson, who will win 20 games for the Giants this year, pitches a no-hitter against St. Louis.

July 8, 1901- Player-manager George Davis leads the Giants to a 9-3 win over Cincinnati with four hits‚ including 2 inside-the-park homers‚ and four runs RBIs. Mathewson beats Dick Scott for the 2nd time this year‚ though Matty's control is off. He walks 4 batters and hits two‚ including Cincy 1B Jake Beckley‚ who is hit in the head with a Matty pitch and knocked out for 5 minutes.

July 15, 1901- Christy Mathewson‚ 22-years-old‚ of the Giants pitches a no-hitter‚ blanking St. Louis 5-0 at League Park. Matty saves his own no-hitter in the 6th when an Otto Krueger hit caroms off 1B Chick Ganzel's glove to Mathewson‚ who throws back to 1B for a 3-1-3 putout.

July 25, 1901- Brooklyn righty Frank Kitson outpitches Christy Mathewson‚ allowing just one Giant hit in beating New York‚ 5-0. Four of the Brooklyn runs are unearned. Algie McBride has the only safety‚ a single‚ for NY.

August 13, 1901 - Kid Nichols and Christy Mathewson face each other again and both throw shut out ball for 9 innings. Boston finally scores three in the 10th to win‚ 3-0. Matty's record in the past month is 3-7. Nichols and Mathewson will go at each other tomorrow‚ in the 2nd game of two‚ with the match ending in an 11-inning 5-5 tie.

August 19, 1901 - Kid Nichols and Christy Mathewson square off the 3rd time in 7 days‚ with Nichols winning easily‚ 11-6. New York makes 4 errors‚ but a tired Matty is pasted for 13 hits while striking out just one.

September 3, 1901 -The Giants lose to Chicago 10-4, and will go on to lose their next six games to the Pirates, who will score ten or more runs in each contest. (Not until 2000 will another team -- the Seattle Mariners -- allow 9+ runs in seven straight games.)

September 16, 1901 - Final Major League Game played for Algie McBride.

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