This day in baseball: Inside-the-park x3

On July 12, 1897, Louisville outfielder Tom McCreery hit three home runs off Philadelphia right-hander Jack Taylor.  The three four-baggers provided the difference in the Colonels’ 10-7 victory over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. Each of the outfielder’s round-trippers were inside-the-park home runs, which makes me wonder about Philadelphia’s defense.

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This day in baseball: Taylor’s complete game streak

Jack Taylor of the Chicago Orphans (Cubs) began an extraordinary streak of 187 consecutive complete game starts on June 20, 1901, when he took the loss against the Boston Beaneaters.  The streak did experience a brief interruption after the first 39 games, when Taylor appeared as a relief pitcher for 15 games, before resuming his role as a starter.  If one factors in his relief appearances, Taylor thus had 202 consecutive appearances in which he was not relieved by another pitcher.  The total streak ran from June 1901 to August 1906, during which Taylor accrued 1,727 innings of work.

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