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Baseball history unpacked, April 27

South Side Park, the Other Wrigley Field, Curt Flood, and Garry Templeton star in this episode.

Chicago Cubs Photo Day
Birthday boy
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Last episode, we discussed the White Stockings’ first game; Don Zimmer, manager; Monday, Monday; the immortal Herman Segelke; and other such factoids, with links, illustrations and footnotes. Today we have just a few things that are either momentous or Cubs-related, and we’ll get some information about a couple of them.

Today in baseball history:

Here’s a handy Cubs timeline.

  • 1909 - The White Sox, scoring just three runs during the three-game game series, sweep St. Louis. Chicago blanks the Browns by identical 1-0 scores in all three South Side Park contests. (1)
South Side Park

More information about South Side Park: Chicagology.

  • 1961 - The expansion Angels play their first home game, bowing to the Twins at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, 4-2. The 74 year-old baseball legend Ty Cobb, in his last-ever visit to a ballpark, throws out the ceremonial first pitch. (1)
Wrigley Field West

More information. Still more. More still.

This song was on the charts:

  • 1971 - Curt Flood jumps the Senators after 13 games and departs for Denmark, ending his playing career. Flood batted .293 and won seven Gold Glove Awards during his 15-year tenure in the major leagues. He will continue his antitrust suit, which will eventually reach the Supreme Court. (3)
  1. Good Curt Flood bio.
  2. A news report from that time.
  3. A remembrance.
  4. Another good bio piece.

*Good bio of Hack Wilson.

Wilson’s best season.

The case for Hall of Fame induction, from before Wilson was inducted.

That should keep you for a minute or two. Enjoy immoderately.