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Baseball history unpacked, September 30

Maddux wins 20, Dale Sveum dismissed, and other stories.

Ronald Reagan Visiting Chicago Cubs in Dugout

... 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:

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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