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:
- 1879 - The Northwestern League is organized in Rockford, Illinois. The minor league circuit, which includes teams from Davenport, Omaha, Dubuque, and Rockford, will be defunct before the season ends.
There were more iterations of this league. Check the article embedded in the link.
- 1977 - Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner for one year as a result of tampering charges in the Gary Matthews free agent signing. The Braves are permitted to keep the outfielder, however.
- 1986 - Bill Veeck, the former owner of the Browns, White Sox, and Indians, dies of cardiac arrest in Chicago. In addition to being well-known for his promotions and ideas, which included a pinch-hitting midget, an exploding scoreboard, and putting players’ names on the back of their uniforms, the innovative Hall-of-Famer is also responsible for breaking the color barrier in the American League, signing Larry Doby in 1947 to play for Cleveland.
- Cubs Birthdays: Ray Jacobs, Nick Dumovich, Bill Madlock, Dave Sappelt,
- (1) — The National Pastime.
- (2) — Today in Baseball History.
- (3) — Baseball Reference.
- (4) — Society for American Baseball Research.
- (5) — Baseball Hall of Fame.
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