A wildly popular 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.
Not much happening on this date — we’ll probably switch to an essay form going into the postseason.
Today in baseball history:
- 1941 - Charlie Root, best known for giving up Babe Ruth’s ‘called’ home run, becomes the first pitcher to win 200 games in a Cubs uniform. The 42 year-old right-hander, after being summoned in relief from the bullpen in the first inning, completes the game, getting the victory when the team comes from behind to beat Boston at Braves Field, 6-4. (1)
Box score. This was the second game of a twin bill — the first game was won by the Braves 6-0. Bill ‘Swish’ Nicholson homered in the 2nd inning and Root drove in two runs himself with a single in the top of the ninth.
- 1960 - Ernie Banks knocks in his 100th run of the season when he grounds out in the first inning of the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Philadelphia at Wrigley Field. The Chicago infielder, who will finish the season with 117 RBIs, will be the last National League shortstop to reach the milestone until Hubie Brooks accomplishes the feat with the Expos in 1985. (1)
- 2014 - Rookie OF Jorge Soler goes deep in his first career at-bat, against Mat Latos of the Reds in the 2nd inning, immediately after Luis Valbuena had also homered. Soler adds an RBI single later in the game, but Chicago still falls, 7 - 5.
Box score. Jacob Turner took the loss. Chris Heisey iced the game with a pinch-hit home run off Zac Rosscup in the bottom of the 8th after the Cubs had gotten within one by scoring three off of Jonathan Broxton (two of which were charged to Latos). Turner gave up six earned in 3.2 innings. Aroldis Chapman got the save.
- Cubs birthdays: Dave Wright, Eddie Mulligan, Phil Collins, Marv Gudat, Emil Verban, Peanuts Lowrey, Jim King, Ernie Broglio, John Hairston, Brian McRae, Andy Pratt, Seth Frankoff, Mike Olt, Josh Vitters. Also notable: Jim Thome (HoF).
- (1) — The National Pastime.
- (2) — Today in Baseball History.
- (3) — Baseball Reference.
- (4) — Society for American Baseball Research.
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