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Baseball history unpacked, August 15

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Three on a base, Ernie Banks Day, and other stories

Chicago Cubs Fans Watch Wild Card Game in Wrigleyville
Let’s hit two today
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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. This was the first game of a double-header. Joe Tinker drove in four runs with a double and a triple. Hall-of-Famer Zack Wheat had a single for the Superbas. The Cubs lost the second game 9-1 as the first six batters in the Superbas’ order got base hits. Lew Richie took the loss, his sixth against eight wins.

  • 1926 - When Babe Herman doubles with the bases loaded, three Dodgers wind up on third base. The runner on second rounds third but decides to go back as the runner from first reaches the same base, and a few seconds later Herman slides in to join his two teammates. (1)

There’s no play-by-play data in the box score of either game that day. This account, from a biography of Hack Wilson, will serve to confirm the incident.

Box score. Center fielder Hank Leiber drove in second baseman Billy Herman with the game’s lone run with two out in the bottom of the fourth.

  • 1945 - The Chicago Cubs routed the Brooklyn Dodgers, 20-6, at Ebbets Field. Paul Gillespie knocked in six runs with two home runs and a single to lead the attack. (2)

Box score. Andy Pafko homered and drove in three more runs.

  • 1964 - Mayor Daley declares “Ernie Banks Day” in Chicago and 26,000 fans cheer the Cubs’ slugger. Banks then goes hitless as Pittsburgh wins 5-4. (2)

Box score. Lindy McDaniel took the loss after allowing a run-scoring single to Pirate first baseman Donn Clendenon in the top of the ninth. Tough loss as McDaniel had tossed 4.1 innings after Dick Ellsworth allowed 4 earned runs in 4.2 innings. Reliever Al McBean got the victory. Outfielders Billy Williams and Billy Cowan each swatted two-run homers in the losing team’s cause.


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