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Baseball history unpacked, January 4

Happy Birthday, Kris Bryant and Theodore Roosevelt Lilly, and other stories

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Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

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. The embedded links often point to articles that I’ve chosen as illustrative of the scenes, from The Society for American Baseball Research, reproductions of period newspapers, images, and other such material.

Today in baseball history:

Good article on the strike by Cliff Corcoran.

  • 2002 - Tony Tavares, citing he is tired of losing, resigns as the president of the Angels. The 52 year-old executive, who was also the chairman of the NHL’s Mighty Ducks, assumed the baseball post after Disney bought the team from Jackie Autry in 1996. (1)
  • 2005 - Wade Boggs, a five-time batting champion, and Ryne Sandberg, a nine-time Gold Glove Award winner at second base, are elected to the Hall of Fame. Boggs becomes the 41st player elected to Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility, while receiving 474 of the record number of 516 votes cast (92%). Sandberg receives 393 votes, six more than the minimum number. Relief pitchers Bruce Sutter (66.7%) and Goose Gossage (55%), and outfielders Jim Rice (59.5%) and Andre Dawson (52%), are the only other players to be named on at least half of the ballots cast. All four will be voted in over the next five years. (1)
  • 2008 - The city of Chicago gives approval for the Cubs to add 70 ‘bullpen box seats’ and to incorporate additional signage at Wrigley Field. The 93-year-old ballpark, due to its landmark status, needed permission from the Department of Planning and Development to make the changes. (1)
  • Cubs Birthdays: Al Bridwell, Alex Metzler, Ted Lilly, Kris Bryant.


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