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Baseball history unpacked, September 20

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A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs and #MLB history. Plenty of the lore and deep dives into various narratives.

Larry Corcoran

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.

September 20 was a day for no-hitters — six in all (tied for the record). Check it out below!

Today in baseball history:

Chris Cwik has a great writeup of Corcoran, who threw three no-hitters in his career.

  • 2009 - The Cubs suspend OF Milton Bradley for the remainder of the season one day after he criticized the team in an interview with a suburban newspaper. GM Jim Hendry explains that the penalty is for conduct detrimental to the team and lack of respect for its fans. It is only the latest in a long series of brushes with authority for the fiery outfielder. The Cubs then go on to beat St. Louis, 6-3, in 11 innings at Busch Stadium, thanks to a two-run homer by Jake Fox. (2)
  • 2014 - At Wrigley Field, Chris Coghlan leads off the game with a home run and wins it for Cubs with a two-run home run in the eighth inning as Cubs defeat the Dodgers 8-7. (5)

Box score.

Cubs birthdays: Larry Schlafly, Zeke Bonura, Randy Kramer, Cory Abbott.

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