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Baseball history unpacked, May 18

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The simCubs concluded their four games series with the Padres by winning the final game and taking three out of four. New Cub Ryan Yarbrough pitched well enough to win while the Cubs were failing to hit and won Player of the Game honors. Manny Machado did the rest.

The interface ate the highlight video again, but the highlights are at the end of the gamecast if you want to see them. No simCubs today. Instead, Al will have a special feature for you at 2:30 p.m. CT. Tomorrow I’ll have a Cub Tracks with the standings and league leaders going in to the series in Pittsburgh.

... 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:

  • 1931 - Babe Herman of the Brooklyn Robins hits for the cycle for the first of three times in his career, and the first of two times in 1931, which will become a major league record. Brooklyn beats the Cincinnati Reds, 14-4. In 1933, as a member of the Cubs, he will again hit for the cycle, making him and Bob Meusel the only major-leaguers to have accomplished the feat three times since 1900. (1,3)
  • 1933 - The first All-Star Game is announced for July 6th at Comiskey Park. It will be played as part of the Chicago World’s Fair celebration and is sponsored by the Chicago Tribune. Fans will pick the players. (3)
  • 1935 - Bucky Walters of the Philadelphia Phillies shuts out the Chicago Cubs for 10 innings and gets the only RBI in a 1-0 win. (3)
  • 1990 - Chicago Cubs Ryne Sandberg’s errorless game streak at second base comes to an end after 123 games and 584 chances. when his errant throw to first base trying to rob Eric Anthony of an infield single allows Ken Caminiti to advance to third. The seven-time Gold Glove second baseman surpasses the marks for the position previously established by Joe Morgan (91 games) and Manny Trillo (479 errorless plays). (1,3)
  • 2001 - The Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the Chicago Cubs, 4-0, as Randy Johnson (five innings), Byung-Hyun Kim (three innings), and Bret Prinz (one inning) combine on a one-hitter. (3)
  • 2010 - Carlos Silva improves his record to 5-0 as the Cubs beat the Rockies, 6-2. A huge disappointment for the Seattle Mariners the last two seasons, Silva has found his old form with Chicago, forcing manager Lou Piniella to make a difficult decision: who will be bumped from the starting rotation to make room for Carlos Zambrano, set to return after an unconvincing stint in the bullpen? (3)
  • 2012 - Kerry Wood ends his major league career on his terms when he strikes out the one batter he faces before walking off the mound into an embrace from his six-year-old son in front of the Wrigley Field dugout. The 35-year-old much-injured Cubs’ right-hander, an All-Star as both a starter and closer, believes today’s final strikeout to be the most significant and the most memorable moment of his 14-year career. (1)


*We try to vet each item. Please let us know if an item is in error, especially if you have a source. Thanks for reading, and please drive home safely.