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1896 in Baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 1896 throughout the world.
National League final standings
- April 7 - A broken wrist that refuses to heal Impels Louisville first baseman Pete Cassidy to be the first MLB player to try a newfangled medical breakthrough called the "x-ray".
- May 9
- May 30 - Washington Senators third baseman Bill Joyce hits for the cycle in an 8-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- July 13 - Philadelphia Phillies left-fielder Ed Delahanty becomes the second Major Leaguer to hit four home runs in a game, two of them being inside-the-park home runs. It wasn't enough, as the Phillies lose to the Chicago Colts, 9-8. He is the only member of the "four home runs in a game" club to have an inside-the-park home run as part of his feat and he is the first player to do so in a losing effort.
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- January 4 - Tom Foley, 49, outfielder.
- January 22 - George Heubel, 47, outfielder for two seasons in the National Association, 1871-1872, and one in the National League, 1876.
- March 16 - Kid Madden, 28, pitcher for the Boston Beaneaters, Boston Reds, and Baltimore Orioles from 1887 to 1891.
- May 3 - George McVey, 30, first baseman/catcher.
- June 4 - John Hauck, 66, owner of the Cincinnati Red Stockings in the mid-1880s.
- July 23 - Jack Beach, 34, outfielder.
- August 5 - Ben Stephens, 28, pitcher.
- August 29 - Curt Welch, 34, center fielder in the American Association who led league in doubles with 1889 Athletics and scored 100 runs five times.
- September 20 - Ed Crane, 34, pitcher/outfielder for nine seasons, most prominently for the New York Giants.
- September 23 - John Crowley, 34, catcher for the 1884 Philadelphia Quakers.
- September 26 - John Curran, 44, appeared in three games for the 1876 Philadelphia Athletics.
- November 10 - Jim Ritz, 22, third baseman.
- December 30 - Dave Birdsall, 58, outfielder.