Nov 15

Washington Walks Away

Wednesday, 3 May 1899. Brooklyn is in Washington playing the final game of their series. Under the competent hands of Ned Hanlon the Brooklyn Superbas are off to a fast start. Thanks in part to the influx of talent from Washington they will go on to win the pennant. Good pitching, timely hitting, sharp fielding are all ingredients for winning baseball. But today Washington finds a new way to lose a game.

The write up from the local press. “The Washington and Brooklyn clubs played a scientific game of base ball at National Park today, the visitors winning by the score of 2 to 1 in eight innings. The weather became very cold and the wind was blowing a gale at the time the Senators finished their eighth turn at the bat, and Umpire Gaffney concluded to call the game on account of darkness, little dissent coming from either the players or spectators.”

Arthur Irwin the Washington manager had a bad day but Davey Dunkle took the loss.