... 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:
- 1901 - After rejecting a proposal to ban the bunt, the newly-named Rules Committee composed of Connie Mack, John McGraw and Charles Comiskey recommends no changes at this time.
- 1936 - The BBWAA and a special Veterans Committee made up of individuals with knowledge about players of the 19th-century, select Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson in the first Hall of Fame elections. Their enshrinement will have to wait until 1939 since the museum’s construction in Cooperstown has not started.
- 1948 - Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players. (2,3)
- 1958 - Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella suffers a broken neck in an early morning auto accident on Long Island. Campanella, who has won three National League MVP Awards, will be paralyzed for the remainder of his life. (2,3)
- 1960 - The family feud continues in Chicago when a court rules in favor of Charles Comiskey’s sister, Dorothy Rigney, allowing her to sell her White Sox shares to Bill Veeck. Her younger sibling, known as Chuck, had brought suit to gain control of the club.
- 1967 - Former Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Lloyd Waner are elected to the Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Special Veterans Committee. In 1947, Rickey promoted Jackie Robinson to the Dodgers, effectively breaking the color line in the major leagues. (2,34)
- 1981 - Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn buy the White Sox from a group headed by owner Bill Veeck. A few weeks later, the new ownership proves it is serious about winning by signing coveted free-agent catcher Carlton Fisk. (2,3)
- 2008 - Baseball announces the annual Hall of Fame Game played since 1940 will end after the June 16th Cooperstown contest between the Cubs and Padres. With the 68-year tradition ending, there will no longer be any major league exhibition games played during the season. (2) The game wasn’t played, just so you know. It was rained out.
- 2013 - The Miami New Times reports that the names of at least seven major leaguers have turned up in an investigation of a recently closed clinic in Coral Gables, FL, Biogenesis Laboratories, which is suspected to have dealt in performance-enhancing drugs. Most prominent among those named is Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez. Three of those named - Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera and Yasmani Grandal - were suspended by Major League Baseball for testing positive for banned substances during the past year, lending additional credence to the report. (3)
- 2020 - Kris Bryant loses his long-standing grievance against his team, the Cubs, in which he contended that, when he first reached the majors in 2015, they had deliberately kept him in the minors longer than necessary in order to delay the onset of his arbitration clock and of his being eligible for free agency. He will thus become a free agent after the 2021 season. (3)
- (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.