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Baseball history unpacked, August 12

The strike begins, Ian Happ’s birthday, and other stories

It might be, it could be, it is... a grand slam!
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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:

Box score.

  • 1970 - Judge Irving Ben Cooper rules against Curt Flood in his antitrust suit. Cooper says “Decisions of the Supreme Court are not lightly overruled... We find no general or widespread disregard of the extremely important position the player occupies... Clearly the preponderance of credible proof does not favor elimination of the reserve clause.” However the judge says changes in the reserve clause should be made through negotiation, but denies Flood damages. Flood will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, but in vain. (2,3)
  • 1987 - At Veterans Stadium, Juan Samuel hits a lead-off triple to right field off Rick Sutcliffe in the Phillies’ 13-7 victory over Chicago. The Philadelphia second baseman’s three-bagger makes him the first player to reach double digits in doubles, triples, home runs, and stolen bases during his first four seasons in the major leagues. (1)

Box score.

  • 1994 - Baseball suffers its eighth, and worst, work stoppage in 22 years. The 232-day player strike will lead to the cancellation of the World Series and the delayed opening of the 1995 season. Al will have more on this at 9:30 a.m. CT. (1)
  • 2017 - The Cubs/Diamondbacks game ends on a bad call.
  • 2018 - David Bote has a grand day.


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