Greetings and solicitations. Jon Jay and Jorge Soler aren’t here today to make Royal pains out of themselves, so I suppose I’ll just have to start a whole new article. Damn, and on a Saturday, no less. What gives?
“Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.” — Joe Garagiola
If you’ve been reading the writing on
the bathroom wall between the lines, you’ll have noticed some changes...we at Bleed Cubbie Blue and especially the editorial we at Cub Tracks are pleased as punch to announce that we will be here to bother regale you with our particular brand of infotainment stylings at least an additional day, starting today.
Yu can get anything you want, at Joe’s restaurant.
I oughta be committed. Instead I’m examining tea leaves to see who the 25th man is. Hey! The Cubs beat the White Sox — that’s always a good thing. As always * means autoplay on™ (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).
Today in baseball history:
1871 - The National Association of Professional Baseball Players is founded setting the stage for the future National League (1876). The entry fee for a National Association franchise is set at $10.
1936 - Joe DiMaggio makes his Yankee debut in a big way. The 21 year-old future Hall of Fame outfielder collects four hits, including a triple, in an 8-7 exhibition loss to the Cardinals.
>“They read their sports pages, know their statistics and either root like hell or boo our butts off. I love it. Give me vocal fans, pro or con, over the tourist types who show up and just sit there.” — Mike Schmidt
1940 - At Plant Field in Tampa, a capacity crowd sees the National League beat the AL in an interleague exhibition all-star game. The charity contest, which is heard nationally on the Mutual Broadcasting System, raises over $20,000 to help feed, clothe, and house the non-combatant citizens of Finland, whose country was attacked in November by the Soviet Union.
1966 - Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale play hardball when negotiating with the Dodgers. The duo signs movie contracts, showing they are serious about retiring from baseball if Los Angeles doesn’t agree to their salary demands.
1976 - All clubs will comply within forty-eight hours to Commissioner Kuhn’s orders to open spring training camps as soon as possible, abruptly ending the 17-day work stoppage. The lockout, initiated by the owners over their concerns about free agency and the free-entry draft, will not impact the start of the regular season.
>“I’ve been in baseball my whole life, so I understand there’s a lot in baseball that is out of your control, and you have to focus on the things you can control.” — Ryne Sandberg
1978 - For the St. Patrick’s Day exhibition game, the Reds don green uniforms, rather than their traditional red, starting an annual ritual. The Cardinals and other teams will follow suit.
1986 - During a Cactus League contest, Carney Lansford is credited with an unusual two-run inside-the-park homer in the A’s 5-3 victory over the Indians in Phoenix. The infielder circles the bases in the fourth inning when Mel Hall’s shirt gets stuck on the fence, preventing the outfielder from playing the ball, that is just barely out of reach, while his teammate, shortstop Julio Franco, closest to the play, is so incapacitated with laughter that he is unable to help.
2005 - During 11+ hours of the Committee on Government Reform hearing concerning the use of steroids in major leagues, Mark McGwire refuses to talk about the past and does not deny taking performance-enhancing drugs. Other players testifying included Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and former big leaguer Jose Canseco, whose recent book prompted the congressional hearing.
- Cubs birthdays: Fred Pfeffer, Bill Gannon, Charlie Root, Hy Vandenberg, Hank Sauer, Jerry Tabb, Bill Mueller, Scott Downs.
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Source : https://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2018/3/17/17130982/cub-tracks-reads-between-the-lines