... 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.
- 1975 - The Cubs’ Bill Madlock suffers an “incomplete fracture” of his right thumb when hit by a Bruce Kison pitch in a 6-5 win over the Pirates. (3)
- 1988 - In his final major league game, Bruce Sutter joins Rollie Fingers and Rich Gossage as the only pitchers to save 300 games as Atlanta beats San Diego, 5-4, in 11 innings. (1,3)
- 1989 - The Cubs’ Luis Salazar singles in the tying run in the eighth, then doubles in the winner in the 10th to give Chicago a 3-2 win over St. Louis. The Cubs now lead the Cards by 1½ games. (3)
- 1992 - With the score tied, 7-7, in the bottom of the sixth, with two on, one out and first base open, the Cubs elect not to pitch to the red-hot Barry Bonds. It’s the 28th intentional pass this season for Pittsburgh’s left fielder, thus breaking the Bucs’ single season record, set in 1968 by Roberto Clemente. By season’s end, Bonds will extend his record total to 32. Today, however, the strategy in question will prove an absolute and instantaneous bust when Jeff King hits the first pitch following Bonds’ freebie over the left-field wall for his second career grand slam. (3)
- 1993 - The major leagues vote to divide each league into three divisions, and add another round of playoffs featuring two wild card teams. (3)
- 1997 - Hall of Fame member Richie Ashburn passes away of an apparent heart attack in his New York hotel room following broadcasting a Mets-Phillies game last night. The former Phillies Whiz Kid was an excellent contact hitter who once fouled off 14 pitches in one at-bat. ‘Whitey’ collected the most hits by any major-leaguer during the decade of the 1950s. (1,3)
- 1999 - In the Cubs’ 5-3 loss to the Reds, Sammy Sosa hits his 59th homer. Sosa has more homers than the Cubs have wins: 56. They’ve lost 31 of their last 39 games. (3)
- 2014 - Cubs 3B prospect Kris Bryant is named the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year after leading the minor leagues with 43 homers and a .661 slugging percentage between the AA Tennessee Smokies and AAA Iowa Cubs. (3)
- Cubs birthdays: Abner Dalrymple, Frank Chance HOF, Ed Mickelson, Earl Averill, Jerry Mumphrey, Todd Zeile, Michael Bowden. Also notable: Frankie Frisch HOF, Waite Hoyt HOF.
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.
- (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.
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