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Baseball history unpacked, June 25

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A Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1924 – Pirates left-hander Emil Yde‘s double ties the score in the ninth inning. Five innings later, the Pittsburgh reliever’s triple in the 14th frame beats the Cubs at Forbes Field, 8-7. (1)

Box score. Yde was born in Great Lakes, IL, and collected 4.3 WAR over a 5 year career in which he won 49 games and lost 25. He was nominated for an MVP award in 1924, when he went 16-3 with a 2.83 ERA and 3.3 of his lifetime WAR. He beat “Old Pete” Alexander that day, a day in which every Cubs hitter except the immortal Gabby Hartnett had a hit.

  • 1937 – Augie Galan becomes the first National Leaguer to hit a homer from each side of the plate. The switch-hitter’s pair of round-trippers, a homer from the left side off Freddie Fitzsimmons in the fourth frame and from the right side in the eighth against Ralph Birkofer, helps the Cubs beat Brooklyn at Wrigley Field, 11-2. (1)

Box score. Galan was a pretty …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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