August 15, 1897 - Deacon Phillippe went the distance for the Minneapolis Millers, scattering ten hits and allowing just three runs to the Columbus Senators in a 9-3 win. The Senators, from Columbus, OH, featured a club filled with former and future major leaguers, and stood in second place in the Western League standings coming into the game. The Millers, conversely, were sitting in sixth place out of eight teams, nearing the end of a disappointing season in which their manager was fired. But Minneapolis was the superior team in this Sunday afternoon match up, giving the home fans at Nicolett Park plenty to cheer. Phillippe helped his own cause by garnering three hits in four at bats, including a double for the Millers, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead after four innings and never looked back.
Things wouldn't get better for the Millers and the Nicolett faithful, however. Hosting first place Indianapolis August 16-18, the Minneapolis nine quickly found themselves on the losing end of a three game sweep. Phillippe pitched the August 18 contest for the Millers, and allowed only three earned runs, but the Miller defense made six errors and Indianapolis prevailed 12-8 to complete the series sweep.
The Sporting Life August 28, 1897 p.12 "Western League"