... 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:
- 1862 - A crowd of 40,000 watches two teams of imprisoned Union Army soldiers play baseball at Hilton Head, South Carolina. Civil War historians are debating the actual size of the crowd. (23,)
- 1888 - At the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society, on the Pennsylvania State Fair Buildings and Grounds located at Broad Street & Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia, the Downtowners beat the Uptowners in the first sanctioned indoor baseball game ever played, 6 - 1, before a crowd of 2,000. (1,3)
- 1957 - With the backing of United States Representatives Kenneth Keating and Emanuel Celler, the minor league executives urge that Major League Baseball compensate them for infringement on their territorial rights. (3)
- 1989 - Billy Martin, former infielder and five-time manager of the Yankees, dies in a one-car accident as a passenger on an icy road near his home in Binghamton, New York. He was 61 years old. (1)
- Cubs birthdays: Barry McCormick, Herb Hunter, Greek George, Dick Manville, Chris Krug, Manny Trillo, Scott Bullett, Tarrik Brock. Also notable: Pud Galvin HOF, Nellie Fox HOF, Rickey Henderson HOF, Rick Renteria.
- (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, and happy holidays!