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:
- 1889 - Papers are served on Charles Buffinton and Bill Hallman for allegedly breaking their contracts with Philadelphia (National League). This will be the first of many battles between the Players League and NL. (2)
- 1921 - At the Major League meetings, the American League votes to return to the best-of-seven World Series; the National League votes to keep the five-of-nine format. Judge Landis casts the deciding vote, and the four-of-seven format is reinstated. (2)
- 1978 - Don Blasingame is named manager of the Hanshin Tigers, the first American not of Japanese descent to lead a Japanese team. (2)
- 1980 - Unless contracts are tendered to certain veterans by today’s deadline, the Basic Agreement requires they be allowed to become free agents. In a major blunder, the Red Sox will miss the deadline, permitting All-Stars Fred Lynn and Carlton Fisk to be eligible for free agency. (2)
- 2012 - Edwin Jackson joins his eighth team in 11 years, signing a four-year, $52 million deal with the Chicago Cubs despite a career record of 70-71. (2)
Cubs birthdays: Herm Doscher, Fred Merkle, Gabby Hartnett HOF, Marv Felderman, Oscar Gamble, Paul Moskau, Fernando Ramsey, Augie Ojeda, David DeJesus, Trent Giambrone*. Also notable: Branch Rickey HOF.
Today in world history:
- 69 - General Vespasian’s troops occupy Rome after defeating the Emperor Vitellius.
- 1192 - Richard the Lionhearted captured in Vienna.
- 1522 - Suleiman the Magnificent accepts surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle in Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.
- 1803 - French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark the formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase from France to USA for $27 million.
- 1879 - Thomas Edison privately demonstrated incandescent light at Menlo Park.
- 1925 - National Football League Championship: Chicago Cardinals (11-2-1) win controversial first past the post title; Pottsville Maroons suspended after playing unsanctioned game.
- 1951 - Walter Zinn’s Experimental Breeder Reactor I, the first nuclear reactor to produce electric power, goes live at the Argonne National Laboratory, USA.
- 1957 - Elvis Presley receives his draft notice to join the US Army for National Service.
- 1990 - The world’s first website and server go live at CERN.
- (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.
- For world history.
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