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Baseball history unpacked, January 8

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Cubs and MLB news from yesteryear — Chance chiefs Highlanders, more about the Tammany Hall connection, and other stories

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... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted 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*. Beware of rabbit holes.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1913 - Frank Chance becomes the manager of a very weak Highlander (Yankees) team. The veteran skipper will finish next to last (57-94) and will compile a 117-168 record during his two-year stint in New York. (1,3)
  • 1916 - James E. Gaffney sells his Boston Braves for $500,000 to the Harvard University football coach, Percy Haughton, and a banker associate. Gaffney had bought the team in 1913 for $187,000. Haughton will raise $600,000 to build Fenway Park. The former owner, a Tammany Hall alderman and construction contractor, who bought the team in 1913 for $187,000, recently gained notoriety as a target of Hennessy and Whitman investigations into political graft. (1)

(The Braves’ signature logo devolves from Tammany Hall’s insignia — so the connection runs through today)

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