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Baseball history unpacked, October 6

Factoids, we have factoids! A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs and #MLB history.

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:

  • 1911 - Cy Young’s farewell appearance in a major league game is a letdown, as he loses to Brooklyn 13-3 wearing a Braves uniform in his 906th game. (1)

Box score.

  • 1945 - Tavern owner “Billy Goat” Sianis buys a box seat for his goat for Game Four of the World Series and the pair is told to leave before the game ends, angering the owner. The Chicago Cubs lose to the Detroit Tigers, 4-1. Detroit will go on to win the Series in seven games and the Cubs won’t win another National League championship for the rest of the 20th century. A belief that the Cubs were cursed by the goat will eventually develop. (1,2)

Box score.

  • 1984 - Steve Garvey’s two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Four gives San Diego a 7-5 win over Chicago and evens the NLCS. (1)

Cubs birthdays: Gene Clines, George Riley, Jay Baller, Bill Johnson.

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