A wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. It’s a beautiful day for a ball game — let’s get started!
Today in baseball history:
- 1906 - In an all-Chicago World Series, Ed Reulbach’s no-hit bid is broken by Jiggs Donahue’s single in the 7th inning, but the Cubs beat the White Sox, 7 - 1. The next World Series one-hitter will come in 1945, by another Cubs pitcher, Claude Passeau. (3)
- 1920 - Indians’ Bill Wambsganss becomes the only player in World Series history to complete an unassisted triple play when he makes a leaping catch, steps on second base, and then tags the runner arriving from first base. After the play, a dead calm engulfs Cleveland’s League Park as the hometown fans try to digest what they had just witnessed. (1)
- 1945 - The Detroit Tigers score five runs in the 1st inning of Game 7 of the World Series, and rout the Cubs, 9 - 3, behind Hal Newhouser, who strikes out 10 to win the World Championship. The Cubs will not play another World Series game in the 20th century. (3)
- 2003 - The Cubs take a 2-1 game advantage in the NLCS when they beat the Marlins in extra innings at Pro Player Stadium, 5-4. The eventual winning run scores in the top of the 11th when Doug Glanville triples off Florida’s Braden Looper to plate Kenny Lofton, who had singled after the first out was made in the frame. (1)
Box score. This was one of the best games of that ill-fated series. It looked like the Cubs were on their way to the World Series at that point. Randall Simon’s pinch homer was another highlight, as was Tom Goodwin’s triple.
- 2015 - The Cubs even the other Division Series with a 6-3 win at St. Louis. The Cubs score five times against Jaime Garcia in the 2nd, including back-to-back successful squeeze bunts. The Cardinals hit three homers, but they are all solo shots.
- 2016 - The Giants bested the Cubs in 13 innings to survive another day in the best-of-five series. Kris Bryant had a homer and a double, and Jake Arrieta homered himself, but Joe Panik’s double off of Mike Montgomery, scoring Brandon Crawford, was the back-breaker.
- Cubs birthdays: Mike Corcoran, Charlie Sprague, Ad Gumbert, Bill Moran, Bill Killefer, Mickey Kreitner, Bobby Tiefenauer, Roger Metzger, Rob Sperring, Ramon Martinez, Adrian Cardenas,
- (1) — The National Pastime.
- (2) — Today in Baseball History.
- (3) — Baseball Reference.
- (4) — Society for American Baseball Research.
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