... 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:
- 1933 - In a 12-2 romp over the Cardinals, Babe Herman of the Chicago Cubs hits for the cycle, the third time he has performed the feat. Guy Bush wins his 20th game, beating Dizzy Dean who finishes the season at 20-18. (1,3)
- 1962 - The Mets finish their inaugural season with 120 losses, a 20th-century record, when the team drops a 5-1 decision to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. In his last career at-bat, New York catcher Joe Pignatano hits into an eighth-inning triple play with Richie Ashburn and Sammy Drake on base, both who are also appearing in their last major league game. (1)
- 1988 - At Wrigley Field, President Ronald Reagan throws out two ceremonial first pitches prior to the Cubs’ 10-9 loss to the Pirates. ‘Dutch’, a former play-by-play announcer, then participates in the broadcast with Harry Caray, spending the first inning and a half in the WGN booth. (1)
- 1992 - Greg Maddux blanks the Pirates, 6-0, to become the Cubs’ first 20-game winner in 15 years. He will tie Tom Glavine for the National League lead in wins. (3)
- 2013 - The Cubs fire manager Dale Sveum one day after the end of a second straight disappointing season in which they lost 96 games after losing 101 in 2012. (3)
- 2019 - Joe Maddon establishes an account at Glassdoor.
- Cubs birthdays: Hal O’Hagan, Alex Hardy, Robin Roberts (HoF), Carlos Lezcano, Dave Magadan, Doug Jennings, Yorkis Perez, Curtis Goodwin,
- (1) — The National Pastime.
- (2) — Today in Baseball History.
- (3) — Baseball Reference.
- (4) — Society for American Baseball Research.
- (5) — Baseball Hall of Fame.
- (6) — This Day in Chicago Cubs history.
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