... 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:
- 1919 - The Cubs beat the Braves, 3-0, in 58 minutes. It takes the Robins 55 minutes to beat the Reds, 3-1. Slim Sallee throws 65 pitches, topping Christy Mathewson’s 69-pitch complete game. One week later the Giants will close the season beating the Phils, 6-1, in a record 51 minutes. (3)
- 1934 - “If I’da known he was gonna throw one, I’da thrown one, too.” - Dizzy Dean, after his brother threw a no-hitter in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
In the second game of a twin bill at Ebbets Field, 22-year-old Cardinal hurler Paul Dean, called Daffy by his teammates, becomes the fifth rookie to throw a no-hitter, beating the Dodgers, 3-0. His brother Dizzy held Brooklyn hitless until the eighth inning in the opener, settling for a two-hitter in the team’s 13-0 blanking of the Bums. (1)
- 1949 - At Wrigley Field, the Phillies beat Chicago, 3-1, for their 78th victory of the season. The win guarantees the club its first winning season since 1932, snapping a 16-year streak of futility. (1)
- 1966 - The smallest confirmed crowd in the 50-year history of the Cubs playing at Wrigley Field watches the Cubs beat Cincinnati, 9-3. The 530 fans in attendance at the ballpark for the Wednesday afternoon contest see Billy Williams and Adolfo Phillips go deep in a game that takes only two hours and twenty-four minutes to complete. Ken Holtzman gets the win. Al wrote an article about this game on its 50th anniversary in 2016. (1,3)
- 1978 - The Cubs tie a National League record by using 27 players during a 14-inning 3-2 loss to the Pirates. (3)
- 1997 - The Cubs beat the Phils, 11 - 3, but Curt Schilling racks up eight strikeouts to match J.R. Richard for the most Ks by a National League righty (313). He’ll finish with 319 strikeouts. Ryne Sandberg, in his final game at Wrigley Field, is 2 for 3 before leaving for a pinch runner in the 5th. He makes a curtain call in the seventh when Harry Caray sings. Kevin Tapani wins his sixth straight start. (3)
- 2001 - Ranger infielder Alex Rodriguez hits his 47th home run tying the major league record for home runs in a season by a shortstop. Cubs legend Ernie Banks established the record in 1958. (1,3)
- Cubs birthdays: Jim Todd, Doug Davis, Jeremy Jeffress.
Okay, so the simCubs swept the Rockies out of town in some playoff-looking games. The Rockies are not far from being a really good team. They just need a couple more parts. Colorado certainly gave the Cubs all they could handle this weekend, but in the end the simCubs superior depth won out.
This is gratifying, as that depth is what Al and I were after early on, when spare parts and the occasional front-liner were dealt for young people in the last year of their deals. Yeah, we got lucky when Oakland offered Jesus Luzardo, who bombed in spring training and was headed to Triple A, for Daniel Descalso.
Ka-Ching! Luzardo won his 17th, vulturing the W from hard-luck starter Ryan Yarbrough, who limited the Rockies to two runs but was unable to stick around to benefit from the patented late-inning comeback™. Luzardo is now tied with Tuesday’s starter, Kyle Hendricks, who will have a tuneup start before the team steams into the playoffs.
There’ll be some lineup-juggling during this final week as we try to get everyone sharp for the postseason. Ryan Tepera’s back up, Jeremy Jeffress is back in AAA, Steven Souza Jr. is now with the I-Cubs as well.
If you’re not following the sim-team, you’re missing something. I’ll put up a couple of Iowa’s games this week, too. Standings and League Leaders in Cub Tracks, Tuesday. All game video and related material is available commercial-free, 24/7, at the BCB Media Center.
- (1) — The National Pastime.
- (2) — Today in Baseball History.
- (3) — Baseball Reference.
- (4) — Society for American Baseball Research.
- (5) — Baseball Hall of Fame.
- (6) — This Day in Chicago Cubs history.
*We vet each item as much as time allows. Please let us know if an item is in error, especially if you have a source. Thanks for reading!