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Baseball history unpacked, September 27

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

Bill Lee

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:

  • 1917 - The Red Sox play a benefit game against an American League all-star team and Babe Ruth and Rube Foster combine for a 2-0 shutout. The AL squad features Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, and Joe Jackson in the outfield. More than $14,000 is raised for the family of sports writer Tim Murnane, who died February 13th. Murnane had played and managed in Boston in the 19th century. Actress Fanny Brice helps sell programs and former heavyweight champ John L. Sullivan coaches 3B for the Sox. Ruth wins the fungo hitting contest with a drive of 402 feet, while Joe Jackson has the longest throw at an impressive 396 feet. (2)

Here’s the story.

  • 1928 - With the Giants just a half game behind the Cardinals, New York loses the 1st game of a doubleheader to the Cubs, 3-2. On a controversial play at the plate in the 6th inning, New York’s Shanty Hogan hits a ball back to pitcher Art Nehf who throws to third to get the runner. But the runner, Randy Reese, was off with the crack of the bat and bowls over catcher Gabby Hartnett. Hartnett grabs the runner to keep from falling. and as Hartnett holds him, Reese is tagged out by the Cubs 3B. The Giants bench erupts, but umpire Bill Klem rules Reese is out. The subsequent protest will be disallowed, despite a photo clearly showing Hartnett up the line holding Reese. The Giants win the nitecap, 2-0, but a loss tomorrow clinches the pennant for St. Louis. (2)

Box score.

Box score.

  • 1987 - In his final plate appearance of the year at Wrigley Field, Andre Dawson crashes his 47th home run to lead the Cubs to a 7-3 win over the Cardinals. Dawson will finish with 49 round trippers on his way to the MVP award. He also draws just 32 walks. (2)

Box score.

Box score.

Cubs birthdays: Don Schulze. Also notable: Mike Schmidt HOF.

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