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.
Today in baseball history:
- 1915 - In the first game of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Cubs’ right-hander Jimmy Lavender no-hits the hometown Giants, 2-0. Next season, the 31 year-old knuckleballer will stymie New York once again, tossing a one-hitter, allowing only an infield safety to Benny Kauff. (1)
- 1937 - Rudy York belts his 17th and 18th homers of the month, establishing a major league record that will not be broken until 1998, when Sammy Sosa hit 20 in the month of June. The rookie catcher’s round-trippers help the Tigers maul the Senators at Navin Field, 12-3. (1)
- 1963 - In the bottom of the ninth with two outs at Wrigley Field, Ellis Burton hits a walk-off ultimate grand slam off Houston hurler Hal Woodeshick, giving the Cubs a dramatic 6-5 victory. Chicago had been trailing 5-2 before the switch-hitting center fielder hit the most memorable of his 17 career round-trippers. (1)
- 1989 - Minutes before the postseason rosters must be filed, the Cubs obtain 3B Luis Salazar and OF Marvell Wynne from San Diego in exchange for P Calvin Schiraldi, OF Darrin Jackson and 1B Phil Stephenson. (3)
- 1990 - Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become the first father and son to play in the same major league lineup. The 40 year-old left fielder and his 20 year-old offspring both score a run in the Mariners’ 5-2 victory over the Royals at the Kingdome. (1)
- 1997 - The Cubs trade vet SS Shawon Dunston to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named. (3)
- 2007 - The Chicago Cubs reacquire former hurler Steve Trachsel for the stretch run. They send Scott Moore and Rocky Cherry to the Baltimore Orioles in return for the veteran. (3)
- 2015 - The Cubs acquire CF Austin Jackson from Seattle for a player to be named later. (3)
- Cubs birthdays: Duke Farrell, Ray Mack, Cleo James, Ramon Hernandez, Boots Day. Also notable: Eddie Plank, Frank Robinson (HoF).
- (1) — The National Pastime.
- (2) — Today in Baseball History.
- (3) — Baseball Reference.
- (4) — Society for American Baseball Research.
Please note that individual lines may have been corrected for spelling and/or grammarical errata. Thanks for playing along.