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A Happy Birthday to Dillon Maples, and other such information with which to enrich your experience

Happy birthday!
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In our previous installment, we talked about Starlin Castro, the exploits of Babe Ruth the pitcher, Herb Score, Willie Davis, and other factoids. Today, we wish a happy birthday to Cubs’ farmhand and coffee drinker Dillon Maples, he of the otherworldly slider and precarious control, and we are pleased to provide various and sundry other items for your possible enjoyment and infotainment pleasure, such as it may be.

In this spirit, you are invited to peruse the following:

Here’s a handy Cubs timeline.

Today in baseball history:

A story about discredited no-hitters. Most journals do NOT include this game in the official list. Here’s ESPN’s.

More about the wonderfully-monickered Icebox Chamberlain, wherein it is inscribed:

“He did not wear a glove, so he could use either hand to throw to a base. As baserunners could never tell with which hand he would throw, he became adept at picking them off.”

Legendary. Charles Comiskey said:

“Elton Chamberlain is the coolest pitcher in the profession. The captain is authority for the statement that whenever Chamberlain perspires his shirt freezes to his skin and he has to take a warm bath before he can get it off.”

This is him.

Box score. Hopp was a really good player, a four-time MVP and an All-Star that year. Prim had been the ERA champion the previous year.

(used to be) Rule 4.08 — “When the occupants of a player’s bench show violent disapproval of an umpire’ decision, the umpire shall first give warning that such disapproval shall cease. If such action continues —

PENALTY: the umpire shall order the offenders from the bench to the club house. If he is unable to detect the offender, or offenders, he may clear the bench of all substitute players. The manager of the offending team shall have the privilege of recalling to the playing field only those players needed for substitution in the game.” — MLB Rules project — I can’t find it in the official rules or the umpires bible but it should be somewhere in there.

  • 1984 - The longest game in A.L. history (both in time and frames) ends in the 25th inning when Harold Baines homers off Chuck Porter to give the White Sox a 7-6 victory over the Brewers. The game falls one inning shy of the major league record, but takes the most time to play: eight hours and six minutes. The contest was suspended the previous day after 17 innings with the score tied 3-3. Each team scores three more runs in the 21st. Tom Seaver pitches the final inning to earn the win, then wins the regularly scheduled game as well 5-4. (2)
  • 1993 - Cubs 1B Mark Grace hits for the cycle in Chicago’s 5 - 4 loss to the Padres. He is the 14th, and most recent, Cub to do so. (3)



Thanks for reading.