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…

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It only seemed right to end this the way it began. First post, last post. One of my all-time favorites. Rickey brought an intensity, a joyous exuberance to the game, which I think is how it should always be played. Thank you all so much for your support and kind words. You are proof that baseball fans are the best fans!

May 1, 1992
Rickey Henderson steals his 1000th base. Henderson already held the record for most career stolen bases. He broke the record previously held by Lou Brock with his 939th stolen base exactly one year earlier on May 1, 1991.

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April 30, 1922

Charlie Robertson, in only his fourth career start, becomes the third modern pitcher to throw a perfect game when he beats the Tigers at Navin Field, 2-0. The White Sox pitcher, thanks to Johnny Mostil’s two outstanding catches in the outfield, is also just the fourth rookie to throw a no-hitter.

April 29, 1987

April 29, 1987

#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ Outfielder Andre Dawson shows the Cubs they made a good investment when they picked up his blank check free agent contract, as he hits for the cycle in the Cubs’ 8-4 victory over @sfgiants at @wrigleyfield

The ‘Hawk’, who enjoys a 5-5 day, completes the cycle with a sixth-inning triple, one of only two he will collect for the entire season.