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Baseball history unpacked, October 25

Buckner’s bad play, Leo the Lip, and other stories

He deserved better
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... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you 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 pertain to the scenes, such as reproductions of period newspapers, images, and/or other such material as is often found in the wild.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1965 - The Cubs end their ‘College of Coaches’ experiment with the hiring of Leo Durocher, who signs a three-year deal and is given complete authority on the field. The Lip’s assessment that Chicago is “not an eighth-place ball club,” will prove to be correct when his team finishes 10th. (1,3)

More about the College of Coaches:

Fangraphs. BBRef. Seamheads. BCB.

“If one picture is worth a thousand words, you have seen about a million words, but more than that, you have seen an absolutely bizarre finish to Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.” - Vin Scully, describing the aftermath of the play after a long silence.

Down to their last out at Shea Stadium, the New York Mets rally for three runs with two outs in the 10th inning against the Boston Red Sox to win 6-5 and push the World Series to a decisive seventh game. The tie-breaking run scores on Boston first baseman Bill Buckner’s error on Mookie Wilson’s slow grounder. This event was selected as one of baseball’s 30 most memorable moments. (1,3)

Box score.

Box score.

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