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Baseball history unpacked, January 11

Hall-of-Famers and famous Cubs, and other stories

A wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. The embedded links often point to articles that I’ve chosen as illustrative of the scenes, from The Society for American Baseball Research, reproductions of period newspapers, images, and other such material.

You might learn something, but mostly, it’s for fun!

Today in baseball history:

  • 1881 – The first of a series of Tuesday games on ice is played in Chicago, Illinois, using professional and amateur players. These games will be a regular winter feature. (3)
  • 1909 – The National Commission approves owner Charles Murphy‘s payment of a $10,000 bonus to his Chicago Cubs players for their 1908 World Series triumph.
  • 1915 – Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast L. Huston buy the Yankees from Frank Farrell and Bill Devery for $460,000. Ruppert, who owns a brewery, is thinking of renaming the team the Knickerbockers to promote his product but is dissuaded by the press. (1)
  • 1960 – The Phillies send fan-favorite Richie Ashburn, …Read the Rest

    Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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