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:
- 1905 - Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants pitches his second career no-hitter, beating the Chicago Cubs and Mordecai Brown, 1-0. Mathewson and Three Finger Brown match no-hitters for eight innings. The Giants get two hits in the ninth for the win, and a pair of errors committed by Bill Dahlen at shortstop prevent Mathewson from hurling a perfect game. (1,2)
- 1912 - 1912 - Christy Mathewson reaches his 300th career victory as the New York Giants beat the Chicago Cubs, 3-2. During his 17-year major league career, Mathewson will compile a 373-188 record. (1,2)
- 1940 - Bill Nicholson of the Chicago Cubs becomes the first major league player to hit a home run at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox also homers in the exhibition contest known as the Hall of Fame Game. (2)
- 1948 - Number 3 is retired in honor of Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium in front of 49,641 fans. The ailing Bambino is in attendance as well as members of the 1923 Yankees squad. (1,2)
- 1984 - The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians engineer a blockbuster trade. Chicago sends outfielders Joe Carter and Mel Hall, pitcher Don Schulze and a minor leaguer to Cleveland in exchange for pitchers Rick Sutcliffe and George Frazier and catcher Ron Hassey. Sutcliffe will go 16-1 over the balance of the season, winning the Cy Young Award, and helping the Cubs to the National League East crown. (2)
- 1994 - Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs gives up $16 million in salary by announcing his retirement at the age of 34, citing family issues. The second baseman will return to active status in 1996. (2)
Today in world history:
- 1325 - Ibn Battuta begins his travels, leaving his home in Tangiers to travel to Mecca (gone 24 years).
- 1792 - King Louis XVI dismisses French government.
- 1854 - Anthony Faas, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, patents the 1st US accordion, having made improvements to both the keyboard, and to enhance the sound (Patent No. 11,062).
- 1865 - President Andrew Johnson proclaims reconstruction of confederate states.
- 1920 - US Post Office says children cannot be sent by parcel post (after various instances).
- (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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