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Baseball history unpacked, March 19

Snapshots from the big picture of #Cubs and #MLB history

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Happy birthday, David Ross!
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... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select snapshots from the big picture of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1951 - In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Fred Hutchinson, the American League player representative, says the players should have input in the selection of the new commissioner replacing A. B. Happy Chandler, who was recently ousted by the owners. The Tigers right-hander suggests that the major leaguers, if not given input, would be inclined to hire and pay their own commissioner, with Chandler being their first choice. (1,3,4)
  • 1955 - The Chicago Cubs sell pitcher Dave Cole to the Philadelphia Phillies. Apprised of the sale, Cole remarks, “That’s too bad. They’re the only team I can beat.” (3)
  • 1965 -At age 38, Chicago Cubs radio announcer Jack Quinlan dies in an auto accident during Cubs spring camp in Arizona. Quinlan was returning from a golf outing. (3)

Cubs birthdays: Richie Ashburn HOF, Paul Smith, Garry Jestadt, David Ross.

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