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Baseball history unpacked, August 3

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All-Stars, one-hitters, and other stories

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An irreverent, Cubs-centric, look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we view selected moments gleaned from the rich pageant of Major League Baseball history. No graphs or advanced metrics were harmed during the commission of these articles. Only the very coolest kids read this series.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1904 - Christy Mathewson takes 4 - 0 lead into the ninth against the Cubs, but after an out, he is rattled for four hits, and a error to make the margin, 4 - 3. Shad Barry, on first base with two out, then tries to steal and is gunned down by Frank Bowerman to end the match. (3)
  • 1929 - The Cubs complain about the ragged shirt sleeve on Robin Dazzy Vance’s pitching arm, an age-old trick to distract a batter. A rule will be passed enforcing neater dressing habits by pitchers. For the second day in a row, Vance has not much more than a sleeve as the Cubs pound Brooklyn, 12 - 2, behind Hal Carlson. (3)

Box score. Interesting in that the box score shows that Doug McWeeny was the losing pitcher.

  • 1959 - For the first time in major league history, a second All-Star Game is played in the same season. The American League goes on to post a 5-3 victory at the Los Angeles Coliseum when White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox singles in Tony Kubek with the decisive run in the top of the seventh inning. (1)

Box score. Lots of action. Don Drysdale took it on the chin.

  • 1967 - The Braves set a club mark by hitting seven home runs in a 10-3 victory over the Cubs with Tito Francona, Joe Torre (2), Clete Boyer (2), Denis Menke, and Hank Aaron all contributing to the record. All of Atlanta’s round-trippers come during the first five frames of the Wrigley Field contest, and all are solo shots except for Boyer’s two-run blast in the third inning. (1)

Box score. Clay Carroll defeated Joe Niekro.

Box score 1. Box score 2.


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