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.
- 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.
- 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.
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