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:
- 1902 - Chicago Cubs infielders Tinker, Evers, & Chance turn their first double play together in a 6-3 win over Cincinnati.
- 1904 - Beating the Beaneaters, 3-2, Giant hurler Hooks Wiltse runs his career record to 12-0. “Hooks”’ dozen consecutive victories establishes the record for the most wins at the start of a career for a starter. (1,2)
- 1915 - The Cubs edge the Braves, 1-0, behind Phil Douglas, with Lefty Tyler taking the tough loss. Tomorrow, the Cubs will win another 1-0 battle, but it will take them 12 innings to do it. (2)
- 1930 - The Cubs split a pair in Philadelphia when Lefty O’Doul pinch-hits a home run to beat the Cubs 12-11 in the first game. It is the second consecutive game in which O’Doul has produced a pinch-hit homer. In the second game of the day’s doubleheader, Hack Wilson hits his 50th dinger to pace the Cubs to a 6-4 win. (2)
- 1933 - The Giants sweep a pair from the Cubs at Wrigley Field, winning, 5-1 and 4-0. Reliever Hi Bell helps apply the whitewash in the second game, besting Lon Warneke. Starter Roy Parmelee is leading 3-0 when he hits Tuck Stainback on the arm, breaking it. He walks the bases full and Bell comes in. (2)
- 1946 - The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 in five innings when the game was called because of gnats. The insects became such a problem for the players, umpires and fans that the game had to be stopped. (1,2)
- 1963 - All three Alou brothers - Felipe, Matty and Jesus - played in the outfield at the same time for the San Francisco Giants in a 13-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- 1970 - Ken Holtzman* wins his 15th, and the Cubs top the Cardinals, 5-3. Chicago moves into third place, just a game behind the first-place Mets and Pirates. (2)
- 2002 - The Cubs shut out the Reds, 6-0, as OF Sammy Sosa drives in his 100th run of the season on a three-run home run in the eighth inning. In doing so, he joins Mel Ott and Willie Mays as the only National League players to post eight consecutive 100-RBI seasons. (2)
Today in history:
- 1600 - Battle of Sekigahara, rise of the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan.
- 1812 - French army under Napoleon Bonaparte reaches the Kremlin in Moscow.
- 1835 - HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin on board reaches the Galapagos Islands.
- 1916 - First use of tanks in warfare, “Little Willies” at Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Battle of the Somme.
- 1928 - Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza.
- (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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