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:
- 1911 - At Laughery club house, near Rising Sun, IN, the National Commission adopts a rule that bars World Series winners from playing post-season exhibition games. This obscure rule will lead to a direct confrontation between Babe Ruth and Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis in 1921. (2)
- 1914 - The White Sox defeat the Giants, 5-4, before 10,000 spectators in an exhibition game at the Sydney Cricket Ground part of the two teams’ world tour. The major leagues will next return to Australia one hundred years later, when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks open the 2014 major league season in the historic stadium. (2)
- 1920 - The secret deal made on December 26th to sell Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 (twice the amount ever paid previously for a player) is announced publicly. Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee also secures a $350,000 loan from the Yankees as part of the deal. The “official” annoucement of the sale is delayed until January 5 due to Ruth’s contractual demands (1,2)
- 1962 - Ground is broken for the Astrodome in Houston, TX. (1,2)
- 1973 - A group of investors, headed by shipbuilder George Steinbrenner, purchases the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 million. (1,2)
- 1977 - The Kansas City Royals release pitcher Lindy McDaniel*, ending his career after 21 years. He had appeared in 987 games, second only to Hoyt Wilhelm’s 1,070. (1,2)
Today in world history:
- 1496 - Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.
- 1777 - General George Washington’s revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, New Jersey.
- 1823 - Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.
- 1834 - The government of Mexico imprisons Stephen F. Austin in Mexico City.
- 1871 - Oleomargarine patented by Henry Bradley, Binghamton, NY.
- 1918 - US Employment Service opens as a unit of the Department of Labor.
- 1933 - Minnie D. Craig becomes the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.
- 1947 - William Dawson becomes 1st Black to head congressional committee.
- 1977 - Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs incorporate Apple Computer, Inc.
- 1993 - ”The Comeback”, QB Frank Reich leads Buffalo Bills back from a 32-point deficit, to defeat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime in a wild card playoff game, the greatest comeback in NFL history.
- 2018 - First bionic hand with a sense of touch for use outside a lab unveiled in Rome
- (1) — Today in Baseball History.
- (2) — Baseball Reference.
- (3) — Society for American Baseball Research.
- (4) — Baseball Hall of Fame.
- (5) — This Day in Chicago Cubs history.
- For world history.
- Cover image. McDaniel passed away in 2020.
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