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Baseball history unpacked, August 17

Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news — Happy birthday to Victor Caratini

Happy birthday, Victor Caratini!
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The ersatz Cubs meatloafed their way through the weekend, administering a sound thrashing to the digital Blue Jays, who look to be a pretty good team with a couple of glaring issues that the visitors were able to capitalize on. Mainly, this meant a generous helping of bullpen, upon which the simCubs feasted.

Sunday afternoon, to the tune of four long balls, one of which was a grand salami by Albert Almora Jr., two of which were Javier Baez laser blasts, and the first of which was a moral victory by recent callup Brett Phillips, who was inserted into the game when Nico Hoerner couldn’t answer the bell in center, the Cubs played the game like an instrument of torture, dangling the hope of victory briefly before quashing that hope with that bat-around seven-run crescendo. Jesus Luzardo again spun a terrific solo for his 12th (!) win, and Craig Kimbrel provided the coda with the bases loaded, collecting his league-leading 39th save.

The Cubs are as usual well-represented on the leader boards:

The record is 88-36. The simCubs are 53 games over .500! The full standings are below:

Today the simCubs will face ersatz Clayton Kershaw (13-6) and the digital Dodgers, who are in first place in the NL West at 75-51, with a double-digit lead of their own. Max Headroom, I mean, Fried (3-3) will continue to make his case for staying in heavy rotation. The game will ‘air’ at 1 p.m. CT. All game video and related material is available commercial-free, 24/7, at the BCB Media Center.

... 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*.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1882 - In what is considered one of the greatest games of the century, Providence beats Detroit 1-0 on an 18th-inning home run by right fielder Old Hoss Radbourn. This National League game will serve as the longest shutout in major league history until September 1, 1967, when San Francisco will blank Cincinnati 1-0 in twenty innings. (2)
  • 1904 - Boston American hurler Jesse Tannehill no-hits the White Sox at Chicago’s South Side Park, 6-0. The Americans will change their name to the Red Sox for the 1907 season. The 30-year-old southpaw issues one one walk, hits a batter and strikes out three en route tossing the third no-hitter in the brief history of the American League. (1,3)
  • 1907 - A match-up of Three Finger Brown and Christy Mathewson attracts a crowd of 20,000 at the Polo Grounds. Matty is unhittable for eight innings, with only a bunt single for the Cubs. But Chicago scores two in the ninth to tie as reliever Jack Pfiester matches Matty for the last three innings. Johnny Kling wins it, 3-2, for the Cubs in the 12th with a drive into the LF bleachers.
  • 1920 - Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman dies as a result of being hit by a pitch thrown by Yankee submariner Carl Mays. The tragedy remains the only on-field fatality in major league history. (1,3)
  • 1948 - An estimated crowd of 100,000 fans passes by the body of Babe Ruth, which is on display at Yankee Stadium. After the funeral in two days at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the ‘Bambino’ will be buried in the Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne, New York. (1,3)
  • 1957 - Richie Ashburn, known for his ability to foul pitches off, hits spectator Alice Roth twice in the same at bat. The first one breaks her nose, and the second one hits her while she is being removed from her seat on a stretcher. Ironically, she is the wife of Earl Roth, the sports editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin. The Phils win, 3-1, over New York. (2,3)
  • 1979 - The Cubs sell veteran Ted Sizemore to the Red Sox for a player to be named later (C Mike O’Berry). (3)
  • 1984 - A stamp featuring Roberto Clemente, the fourth in a series honoring American sports heroes, is unveiled in Carolina, Puerto Rico, the late Pirates outfielder’s home. The twenty cent six-color commemorative, designed by Juan Lopez-Bonilla, shows the pensive Hall of Famer wearing his Pittsburgh cap with the Puerto Rican flag in the background. (1)


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