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Baseball history unpacked, August 21

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Walton’s streak ends, Sammy hits 50 again, 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:

  • 1881 - With his team already ahead in the eighth inning, 5-0, White Stockings (Cubs) outfielder Abner Dalrymple becomes the first player to be intentionally walked with the bases loaded. The run-producing free pass is given up by Buffalo Bisons’ right-hander Jack Lynch in an eventual 11-2 Chicago victory. (1)
  • 1919 - Phillies catcher Bert Adams has a stellar day behind the plate, recording ten putouts and five assists. The weak-hitting backstop’s outstanding defense doesn’t prevent Philadelphia from dropping a 5-1 decision to Chicago at the Baker Bowl. (1)

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  • 1975 - The Reuschel brothers of the Cubs join forces to blank the Dodgers, 6-0. Rick goes 6.1 innings, and Paul finishes the game for the first shutout thrown by siblings. (1)

Box score.

  • 1989 - Cubs rookie outfielder Jerome Walton goes 0-for-4 in a 6-5, ten-inning loss to the Reds, ending his hitting streak at 30 consecutive games. (2)

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  • 1999 - Joining Mark McGwire, Ken Griffey Jr., and Babe Ruth, Sammy Sosa becomes the fourth player to hit 50 home runs in consecutive seasons. The Cubs right fielder, who hit 66 dingers last season, blasts his major league leading 50th and 51st home runs in an 8-6 victory over the Rockies at Wrigley Field. (1)

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