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Baseball history unpacked, August 6

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RIP Jack, Cubs sold, the Goose reaches 300, and other stories

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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 selected moments gleaned from the rich pageant of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history.

Today in baseball history:

The Cubs were 44-42 after that game. Cleveland was 25-61.

Action at West Side Park
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Now known as Minor League Baseball after a 1999 name change. They began operations in 1902, with the American Association joining in 1903. Most versions say that the group was formed in September, at Chicago’s Leland Hotel. Please refer to the embedded articles for details.

  • 1937 - The Braves become the first National League team to lead off a game with back-to-back homers. At Wrigley Field, Roy Johnson and Rabbit Warstler both go deep to start the first inning off Tex Carleton, but Boston’s quick start isn’t enough when Chicago wins the contest 12-6. (1)

Box score. This was the first game of a doubleheader. The second game was also won by Chicago, 6-2. Frank Demaree, Gabby Hartnett, and Stan Hack all went deep for the Cubs in the first game. Carleton only pitched 1.1 innings, and Curt Davis went the rest of the way for the win, giving up three earned runs. The Cubs were 62-34 at the end of the day, and ended up second at 93-61. The Giants won the pennant at 95-57 and lost the World Series to the Yankees, 4-1.

Good article about the time of the sale and a little bit after by Steve Daley. The sale was initiated 6/17/1981. Here’s a good piece from the NY Times {$} with some details that you might not have known.

  • 1988 - Goose Gossage becomes the second player in major league history to record 300 career saves when he faces one batter and gets the final out in the Cubs’ 7-4 victory over Philadelphia at Wrigley Field. The future Hall of Fame right-handed reliever joins Rollie Fingers, who reached the milestone in 1982. (1)

Box score. Al Nipper beat Mike Maddux. Pat Perry hit a pinch homer in the sixth. Ryne Sandberg made an error on a ground ball in the fifth that led to two unearned runs in that frame.

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