In addition to the baseball stuff, here’s another Chicago nugget: This is the anniversary of that Sunday in 1968 when the then-called Chicago Transit Authority had just finished a set at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, supporting Albert King.
Horn player Lee Loughnane was relaxing when he felt a presence at his shoulder, as he tells it. That turned out to be guitarist Jimi Hendrix, who was soon going to embark on a long tour.
“You have a guitar player who’s better than me and a horn section that sounds like one set of lungs. Do you guys want to go on the road?” said Hendrix.
The band had just signed with Columbia and were due in the studio to record their first double-disc album. They contracted for shows on May 10 and 11, 1969, after the April release of their wildly successful debut.
... 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:
- 1885 - The American Association officially admits the New York Metropolitans club, having been forced by the courts to do so. (3)
- 1895 - Star Chicago Colts shortstop Bill Dahlen breaks his left arm in a fall. (3)
- 1957 - CBS states that it will not broadcast baseball into any area at the time a minor league game is scheduled. (1,2,3)
- 1998 - St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire is named by the Associated Press as the Male Athlete of the Year. (3)
- 2007 - Former major league player Jim Leyritz is arrested in Florida. He crashed his car into another vehicle, killing the occupant. He is charged with DUI manslaughter and driving with a suspended license. (3)
- Cubs birthdays: None. Also notable: Count Sensenderfer, Ted Lyons HOF, Bill Lee, Dylan Cease.
- (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!