Baseball history unpacked, May 18

The sunset walk of Kid K, Bill North’s grudge, and other bullets

When last we met, it was a beautiful day for a brawl game, Big Daddy’s birthday, and other momentous events occurred. On this date, Kerry Wood threw his last strike, Bill North threw punches, and recently-called-up Randy Rosario was born. Maybe Randy can pitch on his birthday. Please enjoy immoderately.

Here’s a handy Cubs timeline.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1929 – In the doubleheader played at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, the teams combine to score a record fifty runs when the Dodgers outlast the Phillies, 20-16, before dropping the nightcap to the home team 8-6. In the opener, Brooklyn’s Johnny Frederick crosses the plate five times, giving him the major league mark of scoring eight runs in two consecutive games. (1)

Box score. Frederick was a pretty good player, very fast initially, amassing 15.4 WAR over a six-year career with the Bums that was shortened by injury and a long apprenticeship in the minor leagues (3,421 hits between MLB and the minors — he was a 27-year-old rookie in 1929). He was the NL MVP his rookie year (1929). BBRef has him …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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