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Baseball history unpacked, May 1

Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news and notes

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The simCubs ran their record to 22-10 with a victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, winning by six runs in a game that hinged on the Cubs’ epic sixth inning, in which nine men came to the plate and five scored.

Lots of highlights from that game:

Same two teams today, with Jose Quintana (01, 6.93) once again trying to get past the fourth inning, opposing D-back Zac Gallen (1-3, 5.34), who has 19 walks in 30⅓ innings and has coincidentally given up 18 earned runs in that span. He throws the knuckle-curve and has a big cutter.

Al will have more information about that game in the game post at 2:30 pm CT, Tuesday, for our 3 p.m. start. I’ll drop the specific URL to the contest in the game thread, but you can lurk at the BCB Media Center and catch it there as well. All past games and highlights reels are available there too, if you want the full #simCubs experience.

... 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 hand-picked scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1883 - The Giants, then known as the Gothams, play their first game in franchise history, defeating Boston, 7 to 5, at the Southeast Diamond at the Polo Grounds in New York. The newcomer in the National League will finish the season with a record of 46-50, sixteen games behind today’s opponent, the league-leading Beaneaters. (1)
  • 1890 - It is Opening Day in the National League. At League Park, the Chicago Colts celebrate the official opening of the new park by beating the Reds, 4-3, with two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning. This is the first professional game ended in “sudden death,” as the old rules required that the full inning be played out even if the team batting last was already ahead. (3)
  • 1906 - John Lush of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches a 6-0 no-hitter against the Brooklyn Superbas (a team that will become known as the Dodgers in 1911), at Washington Park. . There will not be another no-hitter by a Phillies pitcher until Jim Bunning’s perfect game against the Mets in 1964. (1,3)
  • 1920 - The longest game ever played ends after 26 innings in a 1-1 tie, with Brooklyn Robin right-hander Leon Cadore and the Braves hurler Joe Oeschger, also right-handed, both go the distance for their respective clubs. Boston third baseman Charlie Pick establishes the major league record for hitless at-bats in one game, going 0-for-11 in the marathon. Al will have more on this historic event coming up at 11 a.m. CT. (1)
  • 1926 - Legendary pitcher Satchel Paige makes his debut in the Negro Southern League. Paige, at 19 years of age, leading Chattanooga to a 5-4 win over Birmingham. (2,3)
  • 1939 - At Comiskey Park, the White Sox defeat the Cubs and Dizzy Dean, 4-1, in an exhibition game to benefit Monty Stratton. The former pitcher, who lost his leg in an off-season hunting accident, tries to pitch in the game and receives a new car and nearly $30,000 as a result of the contest. (1,3)
  • 1957 - The Cubs trade Gene Baker and Dee Fondy to the Pirates for Dale Long and Lee Walls, who will combine to hit 45 home runs for their new team. Fondy will hit .313 for the Bucs, but the first baseman will be traded in December to the Reds for Ted Kluszewski. (1)
  • 1980 - Bill Madlock of the Pittsburgh Pirates receives a 15-game suspension and a $5,000 fine for hitting umpire Jerry Crawford in the face with his glove during a recent game. Madlock will appeal the suspension and continue playing until June 6th, when he decides to withdraw his protest. (2,3)
  • 1991 - Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers pitches the seventh no-hitter of his major league career. The 44-year-old Ryan, who defeats the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0, becomes the oldest pitcher to hurl a no-hit game. His masterpiece includes 16 strikeouts and only two walks. It is also the 209th time he has struck out 10 or more in a game, and the 26th time putting 15 or more down on strikes. (1,3)
  • 1991 - Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics surpasses Lou Brock as the major league career stolen base leader with his 939th steal in a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees. Henderson breaks the record in the 4th inning, when he steals third base against catcher Matt Nokes. (1,3)
  • 2001 - The ulnar bone in Mike Fyhrie’s left arm breaks as the result of being struck by the flying barrel of a broken bat. The Cubs’ righty reliever used his arm to protect himself when the PadresSantiago Perez’s broken bat exploded in the direction of the mound. (1)
  • Cubs birthdays: Paul Carter, Rudy Meoli,


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