A bit of history from this day:
- Ivan the Terrible (1530), Sean Connery (1930) and Rollie Fingers (1946) were born.
- Galileo demonstrated his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers (1609)
- The first international polo meet took place between Britain and the US (1886)
- Yankee pitcher Harry Harper hit a record-tying 3 batters in one inning (1921)
- The Cubs beat the Phillies (whooo!) 26-23 in the highest scoring MLB game ever (1922)
- Three different Braves batters hit twice in the same inning, each recording two hits (1936)
- The first parachute wedding took place (1940)
- Minnesota pitcher Dean Chance threw his second no-hitter in one month to beat Cleveland 2-1 (1967)
- The Mets’ Dwight Gooden became the youngest pitcher to win 20 games in a season at 20 years, 9 months and 9 days (1985)
Because it’s just that amusing, here are a few additional notes on the 26-23 contest between the Cubs and Phillies:
- According to the line-score on Baseball Reference, there were zero errors in the game, but only 16 of the Phillies 23 runs and 14 of the Cubs 26 were earned.
- The Phillies did not hit a single home run (?!?!?) and had 4 doubles, 2 triples and three sacrifice hits. The Cubs had three home runs, eight doubles and two sacrifice hits.
- Cubs center fielder/lead-off hitter Cliff Heathcote went 5-for-5 with two walks, 4 RBI and 5 runs scored. Left fielder Hack Miller went 4-for-5 with one walk, 6 RBI, and 3 runs scored. He also hit 2 home runs.
- The Phillies leadoff hitter, Russ Wrightstone, was just 4-for-7 with one walk, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored. Slacker.
- The Phillies left sixteen men on base, the Cubs nine.
- Names of the men who played for the Cubs that day included Tiny Osborne, Uel Eubanks, Turner Barber and Bernie Friberg. The Phillies had Goldie Rapp, Bevo LeBourveau and Cliff Lee.
- 7,000 fans were in attendance at “Cubs Park.”
- The time of the game was three hours and one minute.