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Baseball history unpacked, February 12

Cubs and MLB news — The Goose is cooked, 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:

More about Thayer.

  • 1920 - Frank (Home Run) Baker’s wife, Ottalee, dies at 31, leaving two small children. Baker will miss the entire season to stay home and take care of the family, returning in 1921 to hit .294. (2,3)

More about Baker from SABR.

The history of the MVP award.

Hall-of-Famer Gossage was 4-4 with 13 saves in 43.2 innings over 46 games pitched in for the Cubs. It wasn’t pretty and he wasn’t re-signed. This didn’t stop teams from employing him for another five years.

  • 2003 - Federal judge James Holderman gives the Chicago Cubs and the owners of rooftop bleachers which provide fans a view of Wrigley Field a year to settle their dispute. The team believes the seating provided above the field on the rooftops directly competes with the club for ticket sales and the surrounding neighbors, in turn, have not been sympathetic to team’s expansion plans. (3)

Al did an article in 2014 pertaining to this. Here’s more.


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