will also allow Sunday games
Get ready, Cubs fans! Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Bleed Cubbie Blue has got you covered with a fun and Cubs-focused journey through baseball’s rich history. We’ll dive into the legends, the stories, and the drama that have shaped the game over the years. And to make sure you don’t miss a beat, we’ve even put together a handy Cubs timeline for you to follow along. So let’s kick things off with a trip back in time to 1881, when the American Association made some big moves. They elected H.D. McKnight as their new president and decided to honor the National League’s blacklist for drunkenness. But they weren’t about to follow the NL’s reserve clause, oh no. The AA was all about home gate receipts, with visiting teams only getting a measly $65 guarantee on the road. Talk about a difference in policies! And to top it off, the AA was cool with Sunday games. Now that’s what we call a league with some attitude. Get ready, baseball fans! We’ve got all the latest news and updates from the world of #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB, straight from reliable sources. And the biggest story of the day? Joe Maddon has officially signed on as the Cubs’ manager! But that’s not all – we’ve got a whole lineup of exciting stories for you to dive into. So grab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and let’s take a look at what’s been happening in the world of baseball.
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings you a fun and lighthearted look at the rich history of baseball, with all the juicy details and fascinating narratives to keep you entertained. And to make sure you don’t miss a beat, we’ve even put together a handy Cubs timeline for you to follow along.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see what happened on this day in baseball history. In 1881, the American Association elected H.D. McKnight as its president and made some interesting decisions, including honoring the National League blacklist for drunkenness but not abiding by its reserve clause. And get this – the new league allowed Sunday games, liquor sales, and even 25¢ tickets, all of which were prohibited by the NL.
Fast forward to 1926, when Ty Cobb resigned as Tigers manager and announced his retirement from the game. Umpire and former Tigers infielder George Moriarty took over as manager, becoming the first person to hold baseball’s four principal jobs: player, umpire, scout, and manager. But Cobb wasn’t done with baseball just yet – he signed a playing contract with the Philadelphia Athletics and had an impressive season in 1927.
In 1934, Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees won the American League Triple Crown, but surprisingly, he didn’t win the AL Most Valuable Player award. That honor went to Philadelphia Athletics catcher Mickey Cochrane, who had a lower batting average and fewer home runs and RBIs than Gehrig. Over in the National League, pitcher Dizzy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals took home the MVP title with his impressive stats.
Jumping ahead to 1942, Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams won the Triple Crown in the American League, but the Baseball Writers Association of America chose Joe Gordon of the New York Yankees as the AL Most Valuable Player. And in the National League, pitcher Mort Cooper of the St. Louis Cardinals took home the MVP honors.
In 1953, the baseball rules committee brought back the 1939 sacrifice fly rule, which states that a sac fly is not counted as a time at bat. And in 1964, Philadelphia voters approved a $25 million bond issue to build a new sports stadium, which ended up costing a whopping $50 million due to cost overruns.
And finally, in 1968, St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Harry Caray was struck by a car while crossing the street. But don’t worry, he recovered and went on to become one of the most iconic voices in baseball.
So there you have it, folks – a jam-packed day in baseball history. Stay tuned for more updates and stories from the world of baseball, brought to you by Bleed Cubbie Blue.