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 deep dives into various narratives that we can observe as they expand 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:
- 1899 - At age 26, John McGraw makes his managerial debut with the Baltimore Orioles of the National League. McGraw leads them to a 5-3 victory over the New York Giants, a team he will later manage for more than 30 years. (1,2)
- 1925 - Brooklyn Robins owner Charles Ebbets dies of a heart attack at his Waldorf-Astoria Hotel apartment at the age of 64. Later in the day, his team opens the home season losing to the New York Giants at Ebbets Field, 7-0. (1,2)
- 1956 - Ed Rommel becomes the first major league umpire to wear glasses during a game as he arbitrates a contest between the Yankees and Senators. (2)
- 2011 - Reds P Mike Leake is arrested in a downtown Cincinnati department store when he attempts to shoplift $60 worth of merchandise. He allegedly removed security tags on six tee-shirts before walking out of the store without paying, but was caught by security cameras. (2)
Today in world history:
- 1775 - Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Charlestown to Lexington warning the “regulars are coming!”
- 1906 - San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city.
- 1918 - Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play.
- 1980 - Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK.
- (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.
And thanks to JohnW53 and our other reader for additional wisdom.
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