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Baseball history unpacked, August 10

A Maddux before there was a Maddux, cash me umpside, Dex’s big day, and other stories

I still like Dexter
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A 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:

Box score. Jimmy Lavender won in relief over Hub Perdue. BBref’s biography page for Umpire Bill Finneran confirms this story. The next year, July 11, Sherry Magee knocked him out with one punch. This page has that story.

Box score. Center fielder Dave Robertson drove in both Chicago runs with a home run.

Box score 1. Box score 2.

  • 1944 - At Crosley Field, Braves’ hurler Charles ‘Red’ Barrett throws only 58 pitches, beating the Reds, 2-0. The nine-inning night game takes only seventy-five minutes to play. (1)

Box score. The Cubs lost that day.

  • 1971 - Sixteen baseball researchers at Cooperstown form the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). (2)
  • 1987 - Phillies pitcher Kevin Gross becomes the second pitcher in eight days to be ejected for scuffing the baseball when umpires discover sandpaper in his glove during the fifth inning of a 4-2 win over the Cubs. Like Joe Niekro, Gross will be suspended for 10 games. (2)
  • 2002 - Sammy Sosa hits home runs in consecutive at bats in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, tying a Cubs’ record with nine RBIs, established by Heinie Zimmerman in 1911. With his sixth career three-homer game performance, the Chicago right fielder also ties the major league record set by Johnny Mize and becomes only the fifth player in big league history to homer in three straight innings. (1)

Box score. Mark Prior won his sixth, going six innings to defeat Shawn Chacon. Moises Alou homered twice, and Fred McGriff went deep as well.

  • 2009 - Troy Tulowitzki collects five hits, completing the cycle with a three-bagger in the seventh inning of the Rockies’ 11-5 victory over the Cubs at Coors Field. The Colorado shortstop is the fifth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, and the sixth major-leaguer that season to have a single, double, triple, and home run in the same game. (1)

Box score. Let’s not talk about it.

  • 2017 - Dexter Fowler has a career night as he hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs to lead St. Louis to an 8 - 6 win over the Royals. It is the 6th straight win for the Cards, who are now back within one game of the first-place Cubs in the NL Central after having trailed by as many as 6 1/2 games in mid-July. (3)

Box score. We know how that turned out. Let’s not talk about that, either.


Please note that quotes may have been corrected for spelling and/or grammarical errata. Thanks for playing along.