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Baseball history unpacked, September 9

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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:

  • 1914 - Boston Braves hurler George Davis, a Harvard Law School student who will retire after four seasons in the major leagues with a 7-10 record, no-hits the Phillies, 7-0, giving him the distinction of being the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Fenway Park, the home of the American League Red Sox. Only Bumpus Jones (2) and Bobo Holloman (3) have fewer career victories for pitchers who have thrown no-hitters than the 24-year-old right-hander teammates call ‘Iron’. (1,3)
  • 1918 - In Game 4 of the World Series, Babe Ruth bats in two runs on a triple in the 4th and pitches seven scoreless innings before the Cubs tie it in the eighth, ending Ruth’s World Series record of 29⅔ scoreless innings. Phil Douglas relieves Lefty Tyler for Chicago in the last of the eighth and throws away the game, first by a wild pitch, then with an error. Ruth is the winning pitcher, but Carl Mays relieves with two on and no out in the ninth. (2,3)
  • 1945 - Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics pitched a 1-0 no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns. (2)
  • 1948 - At the Polo Grounds, Brooklyn Dodger Rex Barney no-hits the Giants, 2-0. The 23-year-old right-hander endured a one-hour rain delay and showers in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings to finish his gem. (1,3)
  • 1965 - Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Cubs bests Bob Hendley’s one-hit effort, 1 - 0. It is the Dodgers southpaw’s record fourth no-hitter. (1,3)

“And there’s 29,000 people in the ballpark and a million butterflies.” - Vin Scully’s description Of Koufax’s gem.


The simCubs are having a Jon Lester problem of their own, as he’s been showing signs of age since the All-Star Game. He lost to Jon Gray and the Rockies 6-2, and it was all his doing. Nolan Arenado was 4-4, including a solo homer and rbi double. Anthony Rizzo recorded an rbi double of his own and Kyle Schwarber blasted a monstrous 470-foot deep fly into the center field foliage, but those weren’t enough runs as the Cubs were down 5-0 after 4⅔ innings, when Lester was pulled.

The simCubs fared better in the second game as Tyler Chatwood pitched well behind a solo homer by Brett Phillips and the bullpen took over. Jesus Luzardo gave up a blast to Trevor Story as the Rockies briefly took the lead, but Anthony Rizzo walked with the bases loaded to tie the game, and Ian Happ drove in a run with a clean single for the lead. Willson Contreras later contributed a sac fly to round out the scoring as the Cubs prevailed 4-2.

Steven Souza Jr. and Albert Almora Jr, have switched places. The Iowa Cubs (94-53) will be playing the Oklahoma City Dodgers in the first round of the PCL playoffs. If the I-Cubs get to the Triple-A World Series, we’ll ‘air’ the championship game.

Today’s game features Yu Darvish (10-6, 4.14) versus Jeff Hoffman (2-7, 7.21). The game will ‘air’ at 3 p.m. CT. All game video and related material is available commercial-free, 24/7, at the BCB Media Center.


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