... 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:
- 1889 - Facing over $30,000 in debts, the Indianapolis Hoosiers go bankrupt and surrender their franchise to the National League. (3)
- 1904 - William H. Yawkey, the 28-year-old heir to a lumber and mining fortune, buys the Detroit Tigers from S.F. Angus for $50,000. New money and Frank Navin’s shrewd management will bring three straight pennants to the franchise within a few years. (3)
- 1913 - The New York Giants give the Yankees permission to use the Polo Grounds for this season only, as the lease on the Hilltop grounds has expired. The team will no longer be known as the “Highlanders” as a result of the move and will remain as a tenant through 1922. (3)
- 1953 - Argyle R. Mackey warns alien players they will face deportation if found jumping U.S. professional contracts. The Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization cites the McCarran-Walter Act as the basis of his decision. (1)
- 1988 - Arbitrator Thomas T. Roberts declares seven presently contracted players no-risk free agents (7) as a result of the collusion suit against Major League baseball. The players, Juan Beniquez, Tom Brookens, Kirk Gibson, Carlton Fisk, Donnie Moore, Joe Niekro and Butch Wynegar, have until March 1 to make deals with other clubs. (1,2,3)
- 2001 - Fifty-eight year-old Tommie Agee, the 1966 American League Rookie of the Year, dies of cardiac arrest in Manhattan. (1)
- Cubs birthdays: Jack Littrell, Jophery Brown, Brian Dayett, Jimmy Anderson.
- (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.
- (7) — Fangraphs’ The Hardball Times.
*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.