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Baseball history unpacked, February 15

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Scenes from the rich tapestry of the great game.

Ken Hubbs in Spring Training in 1962
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... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted, information-rich, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1964 - Cubs second baseman Ken Hubbs, twenty-two, is found dead in his private plane which crashed on February 13, 1964, near Provo, Utah, while en route to Colton, California. As a rookie in 1962, Hubbs had played in 78 consecutive games without making an error. (2)
  • 1990 - With the issue of the implementation of salary cap unresolved, a thirty-two-day lockout begins when major league owners refuse to open spring training camp without reaching a new Basic Agreement with the players. The season will be delayed one week due to baseball’s seventh work stoppage and will need to be extended for three days to accommodate the 162-game schedule. (1)
  • 2002 - San Diego Padres OF Mike Darr is killed in an early-morning accident when his car rolls over in Phoenix near the team’s spring training camp. Surviving is pitcher Ben Howard, who was sitting in the back seat wearing a seatbelt. (3)

Cubs birthdays: Charlie Irwin, Chuck Estrada, Ron Cey, Rolando Roomes, Nate Schierholtz. Also notable: Billy Hamilton HOF.

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*We vet each item as much as time allows. Please let us know if an item is in error, especially if you have a source. Thanks for reading.