... 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*.
Today in baseball history:
- 1906- The White Sox, known as baseball’s ‘hitless wonders,’ complete their unbelievable World Series upset of their powerful crosstown rivals, beating the Cubs, 8-3, at South Side Park. The Cubs had won a record 116 regular-season games. The losers’ share of $439.50 for the Cubs is the lowest ever. (1,2)
- 1908 - Before the smallest crowd in World Series history (6,210), the host Detroit Tigers are tamed on three hits by Orval Overall, who strikes out 10 in a 2-0 triumph, as the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in five games. Upset over seating arrangements at the World Series, sports reporters form a professional group that will become the Baseball Writers Association of America. (1,3)
- 1929 - The Philadelphia Athletics rally for three runs in the 9th inning to beat the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, and take the World Series in five games. A two-run home run by Mule Haas ties the game and Bing Miller hits a RBI double to get the victory. There won’t be another winning rally by a team down two runs in the 9th inning of a Series final game in the 20th century. The Arizona Diamondbacks, in 2001, will do it next. (3)
- 2003 - Holding a 3-0 lead and needing only five more outs to reach the World Series for the first time since 1945, the Chicago Cubs give up eight runs on five hits, three walks and an error to the Florida Marlins. Chicago appears to come apart after a Cubs fan, sitting along the left-field foul line at Wrigley Field, tries to catch a foul ball that is about to be caught by Cubs’ outfielder Moises Alou for the second out of the inning. (1)
- Cubs birthdays: Joe Start, Charlie Waitt, Tom Poorman, Ed Eiteljorge, Hugh Casey, Art Shamsky, Joe Girardi, Carlos Marmol, Brad Wieck.
The simCubs fell to the simDodgers in a heartbreaker as Craig Kimbrel coughed up the lead and Ryan Tepera gave up the winning run after Simbrel had loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth. Tepera got Justin Turner and Mookie Betts out but Cody Bellinger dumped a double to left against the shift and that was all she wrote.
Yu Darvish and Kwang-Hyun Kim duel at 11 a.m. CT Thursday at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers lead the NLCS 3-1. Hopefully there’s more baseball after that. All game video and related material is available commercial-free, 24/7, at the BCB Media Center.
- (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.
*We vet each item as much as time allows. Please let us know if an item is in error, especially if you have a source. Thanks for reading!