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Baseball history unpacked, May 3

Ryan Dempster’s natal anniversary, and other stories

MLB: Spring Training-Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

... as usual on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I bring 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 I’ve chosen as illustrative of the scenes, reproductions of period newspapers, images, and other such material as is often found lurking on the internet.

There are times when the material may be a tad droll. It is in fun, after all.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1936 - After being sidelined at the start of the season because of a foot injury, Joe DiMaggio makes his much anticipated major league debut. The 21 year-old rookie outfielder lives up to the hype, collecting three hits, including a triple, and scores three runs in the Yankees’ 14-5 victory over the Browns in New York. (1)

Box score.

Box score.

  • 1986 - Cubs third baseman Ron Cey hits his 300th and 301st home runs and Chicago scores four times in the top of the ninth to beat San Francisco 6-5. (2)

Box score.

  • 2012 - Ryan Dempster of the Cubs and Homer Bailey of the Reds both celebrate their birthday by pitching against each other. It is believed to be the first time in major league history that opposing starting pitchers are both pitching on their birthdays.

Box score. Neither man got the decision.


Thanks for reading.