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Baseball history unpacked, May 8

Sandberg, Sutcliffe, Cey, and other stories

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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:

At least the Cubs won the game, behind the original Bill Lee, who went the distance for his third win against three defeats. Bill Lohrman and Carl Hubbell pitched scoreless relief for the Giants, but starter Hal Schumacher had already lost the game by then. Lee also homered in the fourth inning, that clout being the only extra-base hit by either club.

  • 1958 - At Wrigley Field, the Reds score eight runs in the 9th inning to overcome an 8 - 2 deficit and beat the Cubs, 10-8. Cincy’s last three runs come on a homer by Smoky Burgess. (3)

Cubs starter Dick Drott hit couple of Redlegs and walked two more, setting the pattern for Cubs pitchers on that day. The Reds’ hurlers weren’t much better but they were just enough better that they prevailed.

  • 1971 - Willie Mays (634) and Hank Aaron (604) both hit round-trippers in the Braves’ 5-2 victory over the Giants at Candlestick Park. It is the first time in baseball history two players with 600 career homers go deep in the same game. (1)

Box score. The Cubs also won that day, behind a 3-hit shutout authored by Ken Holtzman. Joe Pepitone homered for two runs and Holtzman himself doubled in the third. Ron Hunt was 2 for 3 and was hit by a pitch but his team failed to bring him around.

  • 1973 - Cubs manager Whitey Lockman is ejected during a 12-inning, 3 - 2 win over the Padres. Coach Ernie Banks fills in for the last few innings, technically becoming the major leagues’ first black manager. Cub Bob Locker pitches in his 500th game: all have been in relief, a major league record. (3)

Bill Bonham got the save in this strange affair. Locker got the win as Fergie Jenkins left with his team a run behind. Rick Monday swatted the game-winner in the top of the 8th, with Carmen Fanzone, who had drawn a walk as a pinch-hitter, aboard. Cleo James started instead of Billy Williams, who struck out as a pinch hitter.

Box score. Sandberg also tripled in the top of the 8th but was stranded. Leon Durham doubled as a leadoff man in the top of the seventh, but two groundouts (by Keith Moreland and Jody Davis, and a pop fly to third by Thad Bosley (after Ron Cey received an intentional walk) killed that rally.


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