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Baseball history unpacked, October 28

The Good Kid, Curt Flood, Stadia, and other stories

Curt Flood
Curt Flood in 1986
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... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted 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:

  • 1948 - On Lou Boudreau Day, held in his honor by the citizens of his hometown, Harvey, Illinois, the Indians skipper tells an audience his Indians were lucky to win the recent World Series. The Cleveland player-manager cites his infielders driving in more than 400 runs and the lack of injuries to key players as reasons why his “third-place” club excelled. (1)

SABR on Boudreau.

The greatest show in Cleveland.

Departure without dignity. “A bad team, sparse crowds, burdensome debt, and internal strife all were set against the backdrop of playing in an old ballpark located in a declining neighborhood with limited parking and bad transportation.”

About Candlestick Park. Some welcomed the light going out. Stu Miller might have been one of them.

Nobody ever called Shea Stadium a cathedral.

  • 1998 - President Clinton signs Curt Flood Act of 1998, revoking baseball’s antitrust exemption for labor matters, but not for issues involving relocation, expansion or the minor leagues. The passage of the legislation by the 105th Congress comes over seventy-five years after the Supreme Court ruled that the sport was not involved in interstate commerce or trade as customarily defined within the context of the Sherman Antitrust Act. (1)

Curt Flood changed baseball. He was a pretty good player, too.

Box score.


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