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Baseball history unpacked, September 21

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. His last Wrigley game was on this date in 1997.

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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:

  • 1892 - At Cleveland’s League Park, John Clarkson of the Spiders beats the Pirates, 3-2, to become the fifth pitcher in major league history to win 300 games. The 31-year old right-hander will compile a 328-178 record games during his 12-year Hall of Fame career in the big leagues. (2)
  • 1901 - Tom Hughes of Chicago and Boston Beaneater Bill Dinneen pitch 16 scoreless innings before the Orphans score in the 17th on an error, hit batter, force out, and a single by Clarence Childs. Each pitcher gives up eight singles. This will stand as the longest shutout ever by a Cub pitcher. Hughes fans 13 in 17 frames. The 17 innings sets the major-league record for the longest game (at 60’ 6”). The record will be broken a number of times. (2)
  • 1919 - The Cubs beat the Braves, 3-0, in 58 minutes. It takes the Robins 55 minutes to beat the Reds, 3-1. Slim Sallee throws 65 pitches, topping Christy Mathewson’s 69-pitch complete game. One week later the Giants will close the season beating the Phils, 6-1, in a record 51 minutes. (2)
  • 1922 - The American League reinstates the MVP award, last given in 1914, appointing a committee of one writer from each city, headed by I.E. Sanborn of the Chicago Tribune. As a player-manager, Ty Cobb is not eligible, and the trophy goes to George Sisler. The National League will pick up the idea two years later. (1,2)
  • 1934 - The Deans shut out the Dodgers. After Dizzy gives up just three hits in a 13-0 victory, allowing no hits until the 8th, Paul wins a no-hitter, 3-0. Diz says: “If’n Paul had told me he was gonna pitch a no-hitter, I’d of throwed one, too.” (1,2)
  • 1958 - The Cubs’ 1B Dale Long, a lefty, catches in the ninh inning in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers. This time he wears a lefty catcher’s mitt, not a first baseman’s glove. The Cubs strand 15 runners as Sandy Koufax tops Bob Anderson; each pitch seven innings before being relieved. (2)
  • 1970 - The Braves trade veteran Hoyt Wilhelm to the Cubs. In December the Cubs will trade him back to Atlanta. (2)
  • 1978 - The Cubs tie a National League record by using 27 players during a 14-inning 3-2 loss to the Pirates. Pittsburgh’s margin comes when Rennie Stennett walks in the 14th and pinch runner Matt Alexander steals second. When C Dave Rader’s throw goes into CF, Alexander heads for third where the center fielder’s throw hits him in the back, allowing him to score. The Pirates are now 1 1/2 games behind the Phils. (2)
  • 1997 - The Cubs beat the Phils, 11-3, but Curt Schilling racks up eight strikeouts to match J.R. Richard for the most Ks by a National League righty (313). He’ll finish with 319 strikeouts. Ryne Sandberg, in his final game at Wrigley Field, is 2 for 3 before leaving for a pinch runner in the 5th. He makes a curtain call in the 7th when Harry Caray sings. Kevin Tapani wins his sixth straight start. (2)

Cubs birthdays: Jim Todd, Doug Davis, Jeremy Jeffress.

Today in world history:

  • 1513 - James V crowned King of Scotland in the Chapel Royal at Stirling Castle, aged 17 months.
  • 1677 - Jan and Nicolaas van der Heyden patent the fire hose.
  • 1915 - Cecil Chubb buys English prehistoric monument Stonehenge for £6,600.

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