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Baseball history unpacked, August 31

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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)

Box score. Chicago center fielder Cy Williams drove in a run with a homer and also doubled.

  • 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)

Box score. Reliever Jim Brewer picked up the win. Shortstop Andre Rogers and outfielder Lou Brock drove in the other runs. The Colt 45s were led at that time by first baseman Rusty Staub.


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