Baseball history unpacked, June 20

Jack Taylor in the news, Bo signs, and other stories

A Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline. Not the busiest or most important day in history, but a few things happened.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1901 – John W. (Jack) Taylor goes the distance but takes the loss when the Orphans are defeated by the Beaneaters at Boston’s South End Grounds. The right-hander’s start begins a stunning streak of 187 consecutive complete games that ends in August of 1906 when he is relieved by another pitcher, after amassing an amazing 1,727 innings of work that includes finishing up 15 games in relief. (1)

The Orphans (soon to be the Cubs) were a bad team that year. They won 53 games and lost 86. A young Frank Chance helped patrol the outfield, but even he did not have a good year. The Beaneaters ended up 69-69 and had the original Billy Hamilton in their outfield.

South End Grounds

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