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:
- 1881 - In the most one-sided game of the National League season‚ Chicago trounces Detroit‚ 17-0. Fred Goldsmith pitches for Chicago against Frank Mountain‚ and Silver Flint is 5 for 5. He also catches his 9th straight game without a passed ball.
- 1883 - Frederick Thayer‚ the inventor of the catcher’s mask‚ and George Wright sue the Spalding Brothers Company for copyright infringement. The two will eventually lose their case. (3)
- 1907 - At Robison Field, Cardinal southpaw Ed Karger pitches a seven-inning perfect game in the nightcap of a doubleheader, beating the Boston Doves, 4-0. A prior agreement between the clubs shortened the contest, making the 24-year-old Texan’s gem the only major-league abridged perfect game or no-hitter that was not the result of weather or darkness. (1,3)
- 1929 - At League Park in Cleveland, Babe Ruth hits Willis Hudlin’s first delivery in the second inning over the right-field fence to record his 500th career home run. The Bambino has more than twice the number of round-trippers than the Phillies’ Cy Williams, who is No. 2 on the all-time list with 237. (1,3)
- 1940 - Pitcher Stan Musial of the Daytona Beach Islanders lands on his left shoulder while making a shoestring catch in the outfield, ending his pitching career. Musial will become a full-time outfielder in 1941. (3)
- 1950 - Vern Bickford, throwing just 97 pitches, no-hits the Dodgers at Braves’ Field, 7-0. The 29-year-old right-hander hurls the first hitless game for Boston since Jim Tobin accomplished the feat, also against Brooklyn, on April 27, 1944. (1)
- 1986 - The Cubs parade a record 10 pitchers in a 17-inning, 10-8 loss to the Pirates. Pittsburgh uses seven hurlers. The game is a continuation of a contest that started on April 20th but was suspended because of darkness. Barry Jones‚ the winning pitcher, who strikes out the side‚ and Barry Bonds‚ who hits the game-winning RBI‚ were in the minors when the game started. Loser Frank DiPino started the season with Houston. (3)
- 1991 - In only his second big league start, 21-year-old White Sox southpaw Wilson Alvarez becomes the 16th rookie to throw a no-hitter, beating the Orioles, 7-0. Only Browns’ hurler Bobo Holloman, who threw a no-no in his first major league start in 1953, accomplished the feat in fewer starts. (1,3)
- 2002 - Sammy Sosa’s grand slam and a run-scoring double against the Rockies give the Cubs’ slugger 14 RBIs over two games, establishing a new National League record. The previous mark was 13, shared by Nate Colbert (Padres-1972) and Mark Whiten (Cardinals-1993). (1,3,4)
- 2003 - By fanning Jeff Kent in the seventh inning at Wrigley Field, Kerry Wood became the fastest major leaguer to record his 1,000th career strikeout, needing only 134 games to reach the milestone. The 26-year-old All-Star right-hander surpasses Roger Clemens, who needed 143 games to accomplish the feat. (1,3)
- 2015 - The Blue Jays, Rays, Marlins, Mets, Indians, Cubs, Royals, White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, and Giants all win, marking the first time every home team is victorious in a full slate of games. The unique occurrence became a reality when the last two completed games end in extra innings in Cleveland and Seattle, with the host clubs enjoying a walk-off victory. (1)
- (1) — The National Pastime.
- (2) — Today in Baseball History.
- (3) — Baseball Reference.
- (4) — Society for American Baseball Research.
- (5) — Baseball Hall of Fame.
- (6) — This Day in Chicago Cubs history.
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