Baseball History Unwrapped, September 8
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings you a light heart, Bear cubstake a look at baseball’s colorful past, with lots of the tradition and delves deep into various narratives that develop over time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow. Don’t be afraid to click on the “Inside baseball” links on the entries, which change from year to year as we revisit the topics.
Today in baseball history:
- 1885 – George H. Rawlings Patents a fitted baseball glove with felt and rubber padding on the fingers, thumb and palm. The owner of a sporting goods store in Saint-Louis invented padded equipment to prevent players from injuring their hands when catching a ball. (1.4)
- 1916 – In front of the smallest crowd of American league history, with 23 fans attending the match, As catcher / outfielder Wally schang becomes the first knock switch in the history of the major leagues to a home run on both sides of the plate in the same game. (3)
- 1933 – In Game 2 of a doubles program against Detroit, Red Sox acrobat Mel Almada made his major league debut at Fenway Park. The native of Huatabampo, Sonora, is the first Mexican to play in the major leagues. (1.4)
- 1947 – Departure P Buffalo Meunier of Bear cubs hit a winning game Grand Slam in a 4-3 win over the Pirates of pittsburgh, but does not complete the five innings required for victory. (3)
- 1965 – In a promotion aimed at increasing Kansas City’s low attendance, Bert Campaneris becomes the first major leaguer to play all nine positions in a single game. After being involved in a home plate collision in the ninth inning, Campy was replaced by René Lachemann as the team’s receiver in the eventual 5-3 A 13-innings win over California. (1.4)
- 1987 – With the Bear cubs in fifth place of National League East (68-68, 13 games late), the club fires the manager Gene Michael and replace it with Frank Lucchesi. (3)
- 1988 – National league President Bart Giamatti is unanimously voted 7th in baseball Commissioner, and will succeed Peter Ueberroth next season. (3)
- 1993 – Last 17 batters in a row put out, 24-year-old right-hander Darryl Kilé no hits on Food in a 7-1 victory for Houston at the Astrodome. Jeff McKnight, who had walked, scores New York’s lone point on wild ground after passing to third on a mistake. (1.3)
- 1998 – Mark McGwire breaks Roger husbandssingle-season circuit mark scoring his 62nd of the year Steve trachsel in the fourth round of the cardinals 6-3 victory over the Bear cubs in Saint-Louis. (3)
- 2020 – Pat O’Conner, President of Minor league baseball since 2007, announces that he will retire at the end of the calendar year. It is a difficult time for the minor leagues, because the whole system has been shut down by the Coronavirus pandemic, and 42 of the 160 existing teams are expected to contract before next year. It is likely that O’Conner will not be replaced, as what remains of the non-independent minor leagues will become fully owned and operated by Major League Baseball. (3)
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