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Baseball history unpacked, November 16

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Scenes from the rich tapestry of the game.

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Max Patkin and Harry Chiti
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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*.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1962 - Lou Perini sells the Braves to the Chicago-based Lasalle Corporation, led by 34-year-old insurance broker William Bartholomay, for $6.2 million. Team president John McHale, one of the primary stockholders in the purchase, will take the brunt of the wrath of the fanbase when the new ownership makes clear their intent to move the team out of Milwaukee. (1)
  • 2002 - After piloting the Giants for ten years and winning this season’s National League pennant, Dusty Baker, leaves the organization, inking a four-year deal to manage the Cubs. Chicago, a franchise that hasn’t been to the World Series since 1945, made it clear the 53-year-old three-time NL Manager of the Year was the team’s first choice to lead the way. (1)
  • 2014 - The Braves trade 2B Tommy La Stella to the Cubs in return for P Arodys Vizcaino. The two teams also exchange international signing bonus slots. (3)
  • 2015 - Two of the most highly-touted prospects in recent years win the Rookie of the Year Award in their respective leagues. 3B Kris Bryant of the Cubs is a unanimous winner in the National League, while SS Carlos Correa of the Astros wins it in a close race in the American League. (3)
  • 2019 - Veteran manager Joe Maddon (1,252-1,068), who spent nine seasons with the Rays and five more with the Cubs, comes to terms on a three-year deal with the Angels, reportedly worth between $12 million and $15 million. The 65-year-old skipper, replacing first-year pilot Brad Ausmus, spent 31 years with the Angels organization before leaving to manage Tampa Bay in 2006. (1)
  • Cubs birthdays: Rollie Zeider, Tuffy Stewart, Clay Bryant, Garth Mann, Harry Chiti, Chris Haney.

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*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!