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:
- 1906 - The Chicago Cubs win their 116th game of 152 played for a winning percentage (.763) that has not been matched since. (1,2)
- 1922 - For the first time, the entire World Series will be broadcast over the radio. Writer Grantland Rice does the announcing of the New York Giants-New York Yankees Series for station WJZ, in Newark, NJ, whose signal is relayed to WGY in Schenectady, NY. (1,2)
There was a tie during this Series. The Yankees were ‘home’, but the games were played in the Polo Grounds.
- 1969 - Major League Baseball holds its first league championship games. In the National League Championship Series, the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 9-5, and the Baltimore Orioles defeat the Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in the American League Championship Series. (2)
- 1989 - Will Clark goes 4 for 4 with six RBI and two home runs on four hits, including the first National League Championship Series grand slam since 1977, to lead the Giants to an 11-3 win over the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS. (1,2)
Cubs birthdays: Orator Shafer, Ossie France, Jim Gardner, Bob Rhoads, Bob Kelly, Tony La Russa HOF, Lary Sorensen, Mike Walker, Bobby Scales.
Scales has moved up in the world. He’s become a baseball executive (Pirates). Here he talks sabermetrics [VIDEO]. Check him on twitter. Here he is on Cubs Talk [VIDEO].
- (1) — Today in Baseball History.
- (2) — Baseball Reference.
- (3) — Society for American Baseball Research.
- (4) — Baseball Hall of Fame.
- (5) — This Day in Chicago Cubs history.
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