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Baseball history unpacked, December 26

Andy Sonnanstine’s birthday, Ruth sold, and other stories

The well-traveled Mr. Sonnanstine
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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.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1906 - In an effort to prevent hitters from rubbing out chalk lines, National League umpire Hank O’Day suggests white rubber strips be used to mark out the batter’s box. The former right-handed hurler and future Hall-of-Famer will interrupt his 30-year umpiring career to manage the Reds in 1912 and the Cubs in 1914, becoming the only person ever to play, manage, and umpire for a full season in the major leagues. (1)
  • 1919 - Although not official until January, the Yankees buy Babe Ruth from the Red Sox for $100,000 and guarantee a $300,000 loan, with Fenway Park as collateral. The sale of the southpaw and soon-to-be slugger will be the start of the ‘Curse of the Bambino’, a spell of bad luck that will last for 86 years, ending in 2004 when Boston wins its next World Series. (1)
  • 1974 - The Little League is officially open to girls as U.S. President Gerald Ford signs legislation amending the charter of the organization. Little League had sought changes in their charter after a series of lawsuits challenged its boys-only rule. (3)
  • 1990 - The Senior Professional Baseball Association folds in the middle of its second season when the Fort Myers Sun Sox franchise collapses due to a financial dispute among club owners. The other five teams will quickly follow Fort Myers’ lead. The league, which starred retired major league players like Amos Otis, Dave Kingman, and Vida Blue, was plagued by poor attendance, among many financial problems.
  • 1995 - The Chicago Cubs sign free agent utility player Dave Magadan. (3)
  • 2011 - The Cubs sign P Andy Sonnanstine.
  • Cubs birthdays: Doc Farrell, Harry Taylor, Dave Rader, J.C. Boscan, Chris Carpenter. Also notable: Carlton Fisk (HoF)

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