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Baseball history unpacked, November 19

1998 MVP, Billy Sunday on Monday, and other stories

Sammy Sosa #21
the pause that refreshes

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. We invite you to investigate the linked material, which will illustrate the bullets somewhat.

There are only a couple of notes today, but they’re relatively important in the scheme of things. Sammy won an MVP and Bill Mueller resurrected his career with the Cubs, which led to his winning a batting title with the Red Sox and becoming an important figure in their renaissance.

You might be interested in the story of noted evangelist and former Cubs outfielder Billy Sunday, who famously remarked that “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile,” and who played a pivotal role in the enactment of Prohibition. Or not.

His biography is available at Project Gutenberg. A Chicago bar ironically named after him has a drink called the Rizzo.

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