On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is pleased to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and various narratives to follow as they unfold over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. We also include Cubs’ player birthdays and a bit of world history, for context.
Today in baseball history:
- 1906 - In an all-Chicago World Series, Ed Reulbach’s no-hit bid is broken by Jiggs Donahue’s single in the seventh inning, but the Cubs beat the White Sox, 7-1. The next World Series one-hitter will come in 1945, by another Cubs pitcher, Claude Passeau. (1,2)
- 1945 - The Detroit Tigers score five runs in the first inning of Game 7 of the World Series, and rout the Cubs, 9-3, behind Hal Newhouser, who strikes out 10 to win the World Championship. The Cubs will not play another World Series game in the 20th century. (1,2)
- 2015 - The Cubs even their Division Series with a 6-3 win at St. Louis. The Cubs score five times against Jaime Garcia in the second, including back-to-back successful squeeze bunts. The Cardinals hit three homers, but they are all solo shots. (2)
Cubs birthdays: Mike Corcoran, Charlie Sprague, Ad Gumbert, Bill Moran, Bill Killefer, Mickey Kreitner, Bobby Tiefenauer, Roger Metzger, Rob Sperring, Ramon Martinez, Adrian Cardenas, Shelby Miller*.
Today in world history:
- 354 - Roman Emperor Constantius gives grand circus and theater shows to mark the 30th year of his reign as Caesar in Arles.
- 1575 - Battle of Dormans: Roman Catholic forces under Duke Henry of Guise defeated the Protestants, capturing Philippe de Mornay among others.
- 1846 - Neptune’s moon Triton discovered by William Lassell.
- 1871 - The Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished after three days, leaving approximately 300 dead, 100,000 homeless, and costing $222 million in damage.
- 1921 - NFL Decatur Staleys become Chicago Staleys, win 14-10.
- (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.
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Also please remember that this is supposed to be fun.