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1897 in Baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 1897 throughout the world.
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- February 5 - Old Hoss Radbourn, 42, Hall of Fame pitcher who won over 300 games including a record 60 for the 1884 Providence Grays, leading the National League in wins, strikeouts, winning percentage and games twice each and in shutouts, innings and ERA once each; completing 489 out of 503 starts, pitching three shutouts in the 1884 World Championship Series, while holding single-season records for games pitched with 76 in 1883, going 27-12 for the 1890 Players' League champions.
- February 8 - Fleury Sullivan, 35. pitcher.
- March 5 - Dave Foutz, 40, first baseman/outfielder/pitcher who played from 1884 through 1896 for the St. Louis Browns and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms/Grooms, a three-time .300 hitter and manager for the Brooklyn teams between 1893 and 1896 for a 690 career winning percentage, while pitching 41 wins for the 1886 champion Browns.
- March 10 - Wes Blogg, 42, catcher.
- March 21 - Andy Allison, 49, first baseman.
- March 22 - Dave Anderson, 28, pitcher.
- March 25 - Bill Quarles, 28, pitcher.
- April 13 - Charles Yingling, 31, shortstop.
- July 10 - Kid Baldwin, 32, catcher.
- August 1 - Jake Seymour, 43, who played for the Pittsburgh Alleghenys of the American Association in the 1882 season.
- August 4 - John Gilroy, 27, pitcher.
- August 9 - Jack Scheible, 31, pitcher.
- August 19 - Jim McKeever, 36, catcher.
- August 22 - Tricky Nichols, 47, pitcher who posted a 28-73 record and a 3.06 ERA in 106 games for six different teams between 1875 and 1882.
- August 27 - Sam Moran, 26, pitcher.
- October 9 - Milo Lockwood, 39, outfielder and pitcher.
- October 19 - O. P. Caylor, 47, one of the founders of the American Association.
- November 2 - Joe Sullivan, 27, shortstop.
- November 15 - Charlie Smith, 56, infielder who appeared in 14 games for the 1871 New York Mutuals.
- November 19 - Frank McGinn, 28, infielder.
- December 20 - William Brown, 31, catcher.