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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:

  • 1901 - Burt Hart punches John Haskell and will be banned for life as a result his assault on the umpire. The Oriole first baseman will play only 58 games in his major league career. (1,3)
  • 1901 - At Cincinnati, Topsy Hartsel strokes two inside-the-park homers, but they are not enough as Chicago loses to the Reds, 10 - 7. Whitey Guese takes the decision over Jock Menefee.
  • 1921 - Pittsburgh’s radio station KDKA provides its listeners with the first-ever broadcast of a major league game. Harold Arlin, detailing the action in the Pirates’ 8-5 victory over the Phillies at Forbes Field, becomes baseball’s first play-by-play announcer. (1)
  • 1945 - The Cubs bang out 22 hits in Game One of a pair to overwhelm the Reds, 12 - 5. Stan Hack has three doubles and a single, and Phil Cavarretta has four hits. The Cubs take the nitecap, 2 - 1, behind Claude Passeau’s 6-hitter. Chicago has won 17 of their last 18 games. (3)

Box scores: Game one. Game two.

  • 1975 - The first seven Phillies hit safely, good for 15 bases, against Bill Bonham (10-8) and the Cubs, in setting a major league record. No pitcher had ever started a game by allowing seven straight hits. Dave Cash leads off with a single, and Larry Bowa matches it. Garry Maddox homers over the LF fence. Greg Luzinski singles, and Jay Johnstone and Tommy Hutton follow with doubles to make it 5 - 0. Mike Schmidt then hits his 22nd homer to finally drive Bonham out of the game. His replacement, Ken Crosby, making his major league debut, gives up a single to Johnny Oates for the 8th straight hit. Dick Ruthven lays down a sacrifice bunt for the first out, but three walks, two hits and a balk make it 10 - 0. The Phils last scored 10 runs in a frame on August 13, 1948. Schmidt adds a second homer to help push the final score to 13 - 5. (1,3)

Box score.

  • 1979 - Outfielders Willie Mays (Giants, Mets) and Hack Wilson (Giants, Cubs, Dodgers, and Phillies) are enshrined into the Hall of Fame. Baseball administrator Warren Giles, who served as the president of the National League from 1951 to 1969, is also inducted during the Cooperstown ceremony. (1,3)
  • 1979 - In pre-game ceremonies at Wrigley Field, announcer Jack Brickhouse is honored. Today’s broadcast is his 5,000th television broadcast of a game. (3)
  • 2000 - Sammy Sosa becomes the first Cubs player to reach 100 RBIs six consecutive times. Hack Wilson did it for five straight seasons from 1926 to 1930. (1)

Box score.

  • 2007 - Tom Glavine becomes the 23rd pitcher and fifth left-hander to win 300 games in the major leagues with an 8 - 3 victory over the Cubs. Glavine allows two runs in 6 1/3 innings for his 10th win of the year against 6 losses and helps his cause with a single, walk and RBI. Kerry Wood appears for the Cubs, his first major league appearance in over a year. (1,3)

Box score.

  • 2012 - Darwin Barney becomes the Cubs’ all-time leader for second basemen when he plays in his 91st consecutive game in a single season without committing an error. The 26 year-old Chicago infielder, en route to setting the National League mark with a 127 straight errorless-game streak, surpasses Ryne Sandberg’s team record that the Hall-of-Famer established in 1989. (1)

Box score.

  • 2013 - Major League Baseball releases the names of 13 players who have been suspended for their involvement with performance-enhancing substances supplied by the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic. Thirty-eight-year-old Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez receives the harshest of the punishments when he is told that he will be sidelined without pay for 211 regular-season games, much more than the 50-game suspensions given to most players implicated in the announcement. (1)
  • 2014 - Highly touted prospect Javier Baez homers in his major league debut for the Cubs, leading off the 12th inning against Boone Logan of the Rockies, to lead his team to a 6-5 win. (3)

Box score. Rube Novotney, Tony Jacobs, Tim Federowicz.

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