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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:

  • 1918 - In Game Four of the World Series, which is being played early because of World War I, Babe Ruth bats in two runs on a triple in the fourth and pitches seven scoreless innings before the Cubs tie it in the eighth. But Ruth and the Red Sox get the win when Phil Douglas throws away the game, first by a wild pitch, then an error. (2)

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  • 1989 - The Cubs’ Luis Salazar singles in the tying run in the eighth, then doubles in the winner in the 10th to give Chicago a 3 - 2 win over St. Louis. The Cubs now lead the Cards by 1½ games. Yesterday, the Cubs blew a 7 - 2 lead to lose 9 - 8 to the Cards. Al will have a full article on this game later today, including video. (3)

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  • 1993 - The major leagues vote to divide each league into three divisions, and add another round of playoffs featuring two wild card teams.
  • 1997 - Hall of Fame member Richie Ashburn passes away of an apparent heart attack in his New York hotel room following broadcasting a Mets-Phillies game last night. The former Phillies Whiz Kid was an excellent contact hitter who once fouled off 14 pitches in one at-bat.
  • 1999 - In the Cubs’ 5 - 3 loss to the Reds, Sammy Sosa hits his 59th homer. Sosa has more homers than the Cubs have wins: 56. They’ve lost 31 of their last 39 games.

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