May 14, 2000

May 14, 2000

#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ second baseman Eric “EY” Young steals five bases becoming the only Cub (in the modern era) to do so.  Despite the heroics from EY, the Cubs drop the contest 16-15 when reliever Rick Aguilera blows the save allowing the Montreal Expos to score 3 times in the bottom of the 9th

May 13, 2001

May 13, 2001

#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ #33 Bill Mueller shatters his kneecap during the Cubs’ 4-13 Mother’s Day drubbing by the @stlcardinals. Mueller knocked a triple in the first inning, picking up an RBI, and scoring later.

However, his injury kind of set the tone for the 2001 season. After leading the NL Central for 97 games, the Cubs fell out of first place in August and ended up finishing 5 games back in third place.

Mueller was slashing .317/.409/.508, with a team OPS second to only Sammy Sosa, when he was injured. Traded away at the end of the 2002 season, he went on to win the Silver Slugger Award in 2003 and was instrumental in the @redsox 2004 World Series championship run.  

Editor’s Note: Mueller remains one of my favorite Cubs from the early 2000s, and I can’t help but think that had he been in the lineup for the whole 2001 season, the Cubs may have won the division…

On This Day in Baseball History May 12, 1955: …

On This Day in Baseball History May 12, 1955: Chicago Cubs starter Sam “Toothpick” Jones becomes the first black pitcher to throw a no-hitter in MLB History. Jones no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates by the score of 4-0 at Wrigley Field. The achievement did not come without a little drama. 

Going into the top of the ninth, Jones made things a little difficult for himself by walking the first three batters he faced with the trio Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente, and Frank Thomas looming in the lineup. Jones hunkered down and struck out Groat, Clemente and Thomas to win the game. 

It would be the first Chicago Cub no-hitter since Jimmy Lavendar no-hit the New York Giants on August 31, 1915. Jones’ no-no was the first no-hitter in Wrigley Field since the double no-hitter of 1917 that saw Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds and Jim Vaughn throw 10-no hit innings each against each other on May 2, 1917 before sports legend Jim Thorpe broke up Vaughn’s no-no in the 10th inning. 

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On This Day in Baseball History May 4, 1981: B…

On This Day in Baseball History May 4, 1981: Brothers

José

and Héctor Cruz become the first set of Puerto Rican brothers to homer in the same game.

José

played for the Houston Astros while Héctor played for the Chicago Cubs.

José

hit a three run homer against Cubs starter Mike Krukow while

Héctor

hit a solo shot off of Astros reliever Bobby Sprowl.

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