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Baseball history unpacked, September 25

Cubs, simCubs, and MLB news — Happy birthday, Kyle Ryan!

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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:

  • 1930 - With four games remaining in the campaign, Cubs skipper Joe McCarthy (442-331) ‘resigns’ and is replaced by Rogers Hornsby, who was recently named by owner William Wrigley Jr. as Chicago’s player-manager for next year. McCarthy, who was not offered a contract for the upcoming season with his team still mathematically alive in the pennant race, will agree in October to manage New York, where he will win seven World Series in his 15 seasons with the Yankees. (1)
  • 1935 - In a showdown series with the 2nd-place Cardinals in St. Louis, the Cubs edge the Cardinals, 1-0. Paul Dean strikes out the first four Cub batters before young Phil Cavarretta drives a home run on top the roof in RF for the only score of the game. Lon Warneke gives up just two hits and walks none in winning his 20th game. It is the Cubs’ 19th straight win, and they are now assured of at least a tie for the pennant. (3)
  • 1974 - In a revolutionary surgical operation, Dr. Frank Jobe repairs Tommy John’s damaged ulnar collateral ligament by replacing the elbow tendon of the pitching arm with a tendon from the right wrist. The procedure, now known as Tommy John surgery, will give the southpaw, who was unlikely to ever be able to pitch again, an opportunity to post an additional 164 victories. (1,3)
  • 1989 - At Montreal, the Cubs blow a chance to clinch a tie in the National League East, losing, 4-3, in 10 innings, but back into the tie anyway when St. Louis loses later on. Andre Dawson homers twice off Bryn Smith, his second a bizarre inside-the-park blow that gives the Cubs a 3-2 lead. Dawson flies deep to CF Dave Martinez, who catches the ball but suffers a painful muscle pull doing so and drops to the ground. Dawson keeps running as Martinez’s teammates surround him. The ball is finally thrown in after Dawson touches home plate. Although at no time did the ball touch the ground or the fence, the umpires award Dawson a homer over howls of protest. Martinez misses the remainder of the series. (3)
  • 1995 - Cubs P Frank Castillo one-hits the Cardinals, winning by a score of 7-0. Castillo strikes out 13, walks 2, and allows only a triple to OF Bernard Gilkey. (3)
  • 1997 - NBC’s hit TV show “ER” airs live and uses the Cubs telecast in the background in various scenes to authenticate the telecast’s claim of not being pre-recorded. The medical drama cuts to the game just as Brad Ausmus hits a three-run homer, much to the delight of the Astros’ catcher, who is taping his favorite program to watch later, not knowing he would be part of the cast. (1)
  • 2003 - Sammy Sosa becomes the first National Leaguer to have at least 100 RBI nine seasons in a row. The Cubs right fielder surpasses Mel Ott and Willie Mays who had accomplished the feat eight straight seasons, and joins Rafael Palmeiro and Jimmie Foxx as the only players in major league history to hit 35 home runs and 100 RBI for nine consecutive seasons. (1,3)
  • 2017 - In the second inning of the Cubs’ 10-2 rout of the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Addison Russell dives into the stands chasing a foul ball, spilling a fan’s nachos onto the playing field. In the following frame, the Chicago shortstop hand delivers a fresh order of tortilla covered with cheese to the grateful Redbird fan. (1)


The simCubs commence the last weekend of the regular season with three games against the Cardinals. Game one, with Tyler Chatwood (4-3, 3.71) on the mound against Jack Flaherty (10-11, 3.67), will start at one p.m. CT.

Several Cubs look to achieve milestones this weekend — Anthony Rizzo is looking for a 40-homer (he has 41), 100 RBI (he has 96) year. So is Kris Bryant (39,99). Javier Baez has 29 homers and 27 stolen bases. Kyle Schwarber has 96 RBI. Long reliever Jesus Luzardo has 17 wins, good for second place on the team (tied with Kyle Hendricks). Craig Kimbrel has 48 saves.

In the American League, the Rays, Red Sox, and Blue Jays are all 85-74 and are fighting themselves and the Twins and the White Sox (84-75) for the last wild card spot, with the Angels (90-69) having clinched a postseason appearance.

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