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Introduction to a Cubs historical recreation game vs. the Pirates here tonight

With no real baseball, we’ll do a recreation of an historic Cubs game using current players.

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In January 2019, I did a recreation of an old Cubs game here using modern-day lineups. With no real baseball for the foreseeable future, I thought it would be fun to do another one.

In that previous recreation, the Cubs walked off the Rockford Forest Citys in a game from 1871, the very beginning of baseball. I've done a few other historical recreations here. Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m., the Cubs will play the Pirates, at least in our recreation. Is it a Roberto Clemente/Billy Williams matchup? Rick Sutcliffe against Joe Orsulak? A Cubs/Pirates game from history will be replayed in all its glory, since the Cubs and Pirates were due to meet for a series before April concluded.

The Forest Citys game was actually from 1969. Have the Cubs and Pirates had any memorable games? The rosters will be current-ish. The locale will be announced in the pre-game thread at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight, along with the lineups and reserves.

I try to keep the game moving at the same pace the original game did. After, I'll have a post-game to recap what just occurred. Hopefully you can stop by for an evening of tomfoolery.

I'm not sure if I want to tip off the time period, or not. Last time, I tried to prep as if it were the 1870s. I think dipping into a specific era is fun, so we can discuss the same book, movies, and music. But, I don't want to decide, to tip the historic scales. I want this to be fun for Cubs and Pirates fans alike, though there's a greater than 50/50 shot the Bucs might lose. Fire away with what year you want this to be treated as, despite the current rosters.

Be there tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT for a preview thread with lineups. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m. CT. I doubt you'll be anywhere else. Be safe until then. Let's make the best of this.


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