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Baseball history unpacked, October 15

A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs and #MLB history. Some genuinely iconic moments happened on this date... a whole day’s worth of video and SABR deep dives.

National League Championship Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v. Chicago Cubs - Game One

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and deep dives into various narratives that expand over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. Don’t be afraid to click the links for ‘inside baseball’ on the entries, which change from year to year as we re-examine the subjects.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1892 - On the last day the season, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bumpus Jones, in his first major league appearance, throws a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This will turn out to be the latest date in the season that a no-hitter is ever pitched in the major leagues. After that, Jones will pitch only one more season, in 1893, leading to a 2-4 career record with 10 strikeouts and a 7.99 ERA in 41 2/3 innings of labor. (2)
  • 1910 - It’s the last day of the regular season in the National League, with the Cubs defeating the Cardinals, 4-1, a result of the league deciding to stretch out its calendar over two extra weeks. There has not been a regular season game played this late in the year since then.
  • 1917 - The Chicago White Sox capture the World Series when the New York Giants leave home plate uncovered, allowing Eddie Collins to score the winning run in a play that will become known as the “Zimmerman Chase” after hapless Giants 3B Heinie Zimmerman who is unable to tag Collins before he touches the plate. (1,2)
  • 1923 - Babe Ruth hits a first-inning home run in Game Six, but the Giants take a 4-1 lead into the eighth. The Giants walk in two runs before Bob Meusel raps a single that scores the go-ahead runs. Sam Jones holds off the Giants, and the Yankees have their first World Championship. (1,2,3)

Box score. Check THIS page out. This one too.

Box score.

  • 1988 - With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Kirk Gibson hits a two-run, pinch-home run off Dennis Eckersley to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of the World Series. In his only plate appearance in the Series, Gibson, who did not start because of a strained left knee, limps around the bases as the Dodgers win one of the most dramatic games in Series history. Following the 2010 season, a panel of experts at the MLB Network will vote this game the 10th greatest game of the past fifty years. (1,2)

Box score.

Box score.

Cubs birthdays: Don Carlsen, Bill Henry, Don Robertson, Juan Cruz. Also notable: Jim Palmer HOF.

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