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.
Today in baseball history:
- 1884 - Pitcher Larry Corcoran, who had signed with the Chicago team of the outlaw Union Association, breaks his contract to re-sign with his old club, the Chicago White Stockings of the National League. (2)
- 1889 - The Spalding Baseball Tourists play their final game in Australia, with the Chicagos winning, 5-0. (2)
- 1918 - The Chicago Cubs acquire Boston Braves pitcher Lefty Tyler in exchange for Larry Doyle, Art Wilson and $15,000. Tyler will win 19 games for the Cubs this year. (2)
- 1969 - Attorney Jack Reynolds, administrator of the new umpires union, says an economic agreement has been worked out between the American League and umpires that will avert a strike this year. (2)
- 1977 - Mary Shane is hired by the Chicago White Sox as the first woman TV play-by-play announcer. (1,2)
- 1995 - Five bills aimed at ending the Major League Baseball strike are introduced in the United States Congress. (2)
- 2021 - The Red Sox announce the hiring of Bianca Smith as a minor league coach. While female coaches have been growing in numbers in recent years, Smith is the first African-American woman to occupy such a position. She has previously worked as a coach and Director of baseball operations for a number of college programs and was previously a softball player. (2)
Cubs birthdays: Al Bridwell, Alex Metzler, Ted Lilly, Kris Bryant.
Today in history:
- 1698 - Most of the Palace of Whitehall in London, the main residence of the English monarchs, is destroyed by fire.
- 1780 - Snowstorm hits George Washington’s army at Morristown, New Jersey.
- 1887 - Thomas Stevens is the first man to bicycle around the world (San Francisco to San Francisco).
- 1966 - WFLD TV channel 32 in Chicago, IL (IND) begins broadcasting.
- (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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