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Baseball history unpacked, March 26

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

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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:

  • 1947 - Cleveland Indians manager Lou Boudreau orders Jackie Price off the train at San Diego after Price lets loose two five-foot long snakes on the trip from Los Angeles. A coach full of women returning from the American Bowling Congress are extremely upset by the prank. After Indians owner Bill Veeck says “either the snakes go or Price goes,” the 35-year-old infielder’s days are numbered. (3)
  • 1957 - Yankee manager Casey Stengel is arrested and is released on $50 bail after he allegedly curses at and kicks a newspaper photographer during an exhibition game in St. Petersburg. (1)
  • 1960 - Baltimore chief Lee MacPhail moves an Orioles-Reds series scheduled for Havana, Cuba, to Miami. The Reds, with a farm club in Cuba, want the trip, but the Orioles fear increased political unrest in the area. (2)
  • 1973 - George Sisler dies in Richmond Heights, Missouri, at the age of 80. Sisler batted .340 with 2,812 hits over a 15-year major league career. In 1920, he set a major league record by collecting 257 hits, which will last into the next century. Sisler gained election to the Hall of Fame in 1939. (3)
  • 1976 - The A.L. approves the purchase of the new Toronto franchise by Labatt Breweries for $7 million. (2)
  • 1984 - In a spring training deal, the Phillies trade outfielders Gary Matthews and Bob Dernier along with right-handed reliever Porfi Altamirano to the Cubs for right-hander Bill Campbell and utility player Mike Diaz. The former Philadelphia fly chasers, who will each receive consideration for the MVP award, both play a pivotal role in Chicago’s first-place finish this season in the National League Eastern Division. (1,3,4)

We did a capsule of this in the 2018 version of this post. Fred Mitchell flashed back on it in 2015. George Castle contributed Dallas Green under glass. This is one of the best trades ever.

  • 1984 - Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color line playing for the Dodgers in 1947, is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by President Reagan. Rachel Robinson, on behalf of her late husband, accepts the award, the highest civilian honor given in the United States.
  • 2020 - On what should have been Opening Day in Major League Baseball, owners and the Players Association reach a deal on some of the issues stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Players will receive an advance of $170 million on salaries over the next two months, which is equivalent to around 4% of the salary mass, and prorated salaries relative to the number of games that will be played when the season eventually starts. The players will keep the advance even if the season is canceled. Players will be credited with service time equivalent to that compiled in 2019, meaning that free agency will not be delayed for those eligible after the season. Finally, MLB now has the right to shorten the 2020 amateur draft to five rounds from the usual forty, and to twenty rounds in 2021. Bonuses for undrafted players who still want to sign will be capped to $20,000. (3)

Cubs birthdays: Jack McCarthy, Jimmy Lavender, Brad Hogg, Joe Klugmann, Jose Vizcaino, Jason Maxwell, Jason Dubois, Hernan Perez, Rob Zastryzny.

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