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Baseball history unpacked, June 17

Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news from past and present

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The simCubs took the series opener as Ryan Yarbrough didn’t allow any runs and only three hits through eight and Dan Winkler provided a seamless ninth. Ian Happ powered two home runs to left-center and added another hit, seldom-used outfielder Ian Miller chipped in with an RBI triple off the wall and the Cubs went on to earn their 52nd victory of the year. Al says the magic number is 79 and I have no reason to question that figure. Yarbrough won his ninth of the year, second on the team and in the league to Jon Lester, who pitches today.

Plenty of simCubs highlights (also, the AL All-Star votes):

Marcus Stroman (6-5, 2.74) will oppose the ageless Jon Lester (10-3, 2.20) in today’s contest. Al will have more about the game in the game post at 2:30 p.m. CT, and then I’ll post the actual url to the stream at 3 p.m. CT. Or you can catch the game at the BCB Media Center and also catch past games and game videos, 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:

  • 1915 - Cubs right-hander reliever George Washington Zabel, called into the game with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, throws 18⅓ innings of the Cubs’ 4-3 victory over the Robins at Chicago’s West Side Park. ‘Zip,’ establishing the major-league record for the longest relief stint in one game, beats Brooklyn starter Jeff Pfeffer, who tosses a 19-inning complete-game. (1)
  • 1931 - Longtime umpire and future Hall of Famer Tom Connolly announces his retirement. Connolly, who had worked the first game in American League history in 1901, will become the supervisor of AL umpires.
  • 1962 - Chicago Cubs outfielder Lou Brock hits a home run into the right-center field bleachers at the Polo Grounds, 460 feet from home plate, in the first game of a Chicago doubleheader sweep over the New York Mets, 8-7 and 4-3. Known more for his speed than his power, Brock becomes the second player to reach that section of seats. Joe Adcock was the first. (2,3)
  • 1970 - At Candlestick Park, Giants legend Willie Mays (615) and Ernie Banks of the Cubs (504) both hit home runs making it the first time two big leaguers with 500 home runs do it in the same game. (1,3)


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