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)
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)
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)
- 1977 - The Cardinals snap a three-game losing streak, routing the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 20-3. Redbirds’ shortstop Garry Templeton crosses home plate five times, a team record. (2)
- Cubs birthdays: Fritz Clausen, Irv Higgenbotham, Hack Wilson*, Ron Northey, Bob Zick, Curt Wilkerson, Kosuke Fukodome,
*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.