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Baseball history unpacked, October 25

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A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs and #MLB history. Nice guys finish last.

Leo the Lip
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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:

More about Leo the Lip from SABR. He was the first manager I remember, and he was held in high esteem by my forebears, who opined that he was a first-division manager saddled with a second-division club.

That’s hard to dispute, except for a brief spell at the end of his tenure.

Box score.

Box score.

Cubs birthdays: Jack Doyle, Tom Stanton, Vic Aldridge, Russ Meyer, Bobby Thomson, Pete Mikkelsen, Mike Harkey, Terrell Lowery, Alberto Cabrera, Tyler Payne. Also notable: Pedro Martinez HOF.

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