... 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:
- 1962 - Major league officials and player representatives agree to return to a single All-Star Game in 1963. The players’ pension fund will receive 95 percent of the one game’s proceeds (rather than 60 percent of the two games). (2)
- 1971 - After being swept in the ALCS by the Orioles, the A’s bolster their pitching, obtaining starting pitcher Ken Holtzman from the Cubs in exchange for center fielder Rick Monday. The 26-year-old southpaw, who recorded only nine wins with the Cubs last season, rebounds with a 19-11 record and becomes a mainstay in Oakland’s rotation behind Vida Blue and Catfish Hunter. (1,3)
- 1992 - A four-man committee is appointed to investigate Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott and will eventually suspend her for her racist remarks, as quoted in The New York Times. (3)
- Cubs birthdays: Shadow Pyle, Jake Weimer, Tom Hughes, Carter Elliott, Irv Noren, Dan McGinn, Brian Holton, Howard Johnson, Francis Beltran. Also notable: Mariano Rivera (HoF).
- (1) — The National Pastime.
- (2) — Today in Baseball History.
- (3) — Baseball Reference.
- (4) — Society for American Baseball Research.
- (5) — Baseball Hall of Fame.
- (6) — This Day in Chicago Cubs history.
Thanks for reading.