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Baseball history unpacked, September 18

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... 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:

  • 1866 - Andrew Johnson becomes the first sitting president to witness a baseball game (Benjamin Harrison was the first to see a professional game on June 6, 1892) when he briefly attends an amateur contest taking place on the White Lot, a field directly opposite the White House. The hometown Washington Nationals lose, 33-28, to the visiting Brooklyn Excelsiors, but will compile a 10-5 record this season. (1)
  • 1908 - Cleveland’s Bob Rhoads pitches a no-hitter against the Red Sox, 2-1, beating Frank Arellanes, the only Mexican-American pitcher in the major leagues. (2.3)
  • 1909 - Ty Cobb is the Triple Crown winner with a .377 BA, nine home runs (all inside-the-park), and 107 RBI. He also will lead the American League with 216 hits, 116 runs, and 296 total bases. His 76 stolen bases make him the only player ever to win a “quadruple crown”. (2,3)
  • 1928 - The Braves and Cubs combine for National League-record eight double plays between them, but the Cubs win the game, 8-3. Sheriff Blake is the winner over Johnny Cooney. (3)
  • 1935 - With 30,000 fans watching at Wrigley Field, first-place Chicago tallies 20 hits in thrashing the Giants, 15-3. Charlie Root picks up the win, Chicago’s 15th straight. (3)
  • 1950 - At Ebbets Field, the Dodgers’ Tommy Brown hits three home runs in his team’s losing effort. He is the third Dodger this year to clout three homers in one game. The Cubs’ Ron Northey hits his third lifetime pinch grand slam - a record - to give Chicago a 9-7 win. (3)
  • 1960 - Don Zimmer, Ron Santo, and George Altman hit sixth-inning home runs as the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 5-2, at Wrigley Field. Chicago’s biggest home run threat, Ernie Banks, sets a record by drawing his 27th intentional walk of the year. (3)
  • 1963 - In the Polo Grounds’ final game, played in front of a paltry 1,752 patrons, Jim Hickman of the Mets hits the last home run in the 52-year history of the Coogan’s Bluff ballpark. The iconic stadium, which served as the home of the Giants (1911-1957), Yankees (1913-1922), and Mets (1962-63), first opened its doors on June 28, 1911. (1)
  • 1970 - The Cubs sweep a pair from Montreal, winning 3-2 and 5-4. Fergie Jenkins wins his 20th in the opener, helped by Billy Williams’ 40th homer of the year. Phil Regan is the victor in the nitecap. (3)
  • 1977 - After losing five of his last six decisions, Chicago’s Rick Reuschel notches his 20th victory, beating the Mets, 6-5. Reuschel leaves after six innings because of a blister, but racks up two hits and three ribbies at the plate. (3)
  • 1994 - PBS airs Ken Burns’Baseball, a nine-part documentary that explores the relationship between the sport and society by using archived pictures, film footage along with a soundtrack consisting of interviews and the music of the times. The 1995 Primetime Emmy Award winner for the Outstanding Informational Series enjoys an audience of 45 million viewers, making the 18.5-hour miniseries the most watched program in Public Television history. (1)
  • 1999 - Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in major league history to hit 60 homers twice. The Cub outfielder hits his milestone round-tripper off Brewer hurler Jason Bere, in the Cubs’ 7-4 loss to the Brewers at Wrigley Field. The 30-year-old Dominican outfielder hit 66 home runs in last season’s historic home run race with Mark McGwire. (1)
  • 2002 - Major League Baseball teams across the nation celebrate the first annual “Roberto Clemente Day.” Each home team’s recipient of the John Hancock’s Roberto Clemente Award will be recognized (with the balance given when the road team arrives home) and the national recipient of the award, chosen from among the 30 club honorees, will be announced during the World Series. (1)
  • Cubs birthdays: Bob Collins, Ed Hanyzewski, Paul Gillespie, Ryne Sandberg HOF, Ozzie Timmons, Jody Gerut, Brent Lillibridge,


The simCubs won their 105th game of the year. Jon Lester looked like dependable old Jon for a day. Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras drove in runs, Brandon Morrow pitched a clutch eighth inning an Craig Kimbrel came on for his 44th save and the Cubs won 2-1, taking three out of four from the Pirates.

The Rockies come in for a weekend series, with Tyler Chatwood taking the mound for the Cubs. The game will ‘air’ at noon CT. All game video and related material is available commercial-free, 24/7, at the BCB Media Center.


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