Ken Holtzman was pitching in the big leagues for the Cubs at age 19. The next year, 1966, he matched up against Sandy Koufax in what was billed as “The Battle of the Jewish Lefties” and nearly no-hit the pennant-winning Dodgers on September 25, allowing just one walk and facing the minimum through eight innings, settling for a 2-1, two-hit complete-game win. He threw a couple of two-hitters in 1968 and another one in early August 1969 and fans figured a no-hitter might eventually happen. August 19, 1969 dawned sunny in Chicago and, for the season, somewhat cool, with temperatures in the mid-70s and a strong northwest wind blowing in at Wrigley Field. The weather would turn out to be an important
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Griffin Canning had never been caught by fellow rookie Anthony Bemboom. Maybe Sunday was the start of a productive partnership. Canning had perhaps the best start of his career, going seven innings and allowing just one run, and Bemboom hit his first homer in the majors to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Shohei Ohtani, Kole Calhoun and Matt Thaiss also homered to back Canning (5-6), who went seven innings for only the second time. "This may be his best outing," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. "His pitch count was low. Not a lot of hard contact. Used all four pitches very well. The changeup was strong. When he has all four pitches
Oakland Raiders general manager Mike Mayock told disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown it's time to decide whether he's "all in or all out" about playing this season after losing a fight with the NFL and NFLPA over his helmet. Mayock issued a statement to reporters that the Raiders released in a video on Twitter expressing his frustration that Brown didn't participate in practice Sunday despite being healed from the frost-bitten feet that have sidelined him for most of training camp. "You all know that A.B. is not here today. So here's the bottom line. He's upset about the helmet issue. We have supported that. We appreciate that," Mayock said. "But at this point, we've pretty much exhausted all
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Despite running for 1,053 yards and 10 touchdowns, J.K. Dobbins says last season was a frustrating personal failure. "I didn't make defenses fear me as I should," the Ohio State tailback said while vowing to bounce back in 2019. After he set a freshman school rushing record in 2017 with 1,403 yards, his numbers dropped off last season. Platooning with Mike Weber, Dobbins averaged 4.6 yards per carry, compared with 7.2 per carry the previous year as the passing game behind record-breaking quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. took center stage. After logging six 100-yard rushing games as a freshman, he did it just three times last season and the Buckeyes' running game failed to
(AP) — José Quintana pitched seven crisp innings, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Sunday night in the MLB Little League Classic. Nicholas Castellanos and Jason Heyward also connected as Chicago earned its second straight win since consecutive heartbreaking losses to the Phillies and Pirates. The Cubs took two of three in the unusual weekend set and remain in a virtual tie with St. Louis for the top spot in the NL Central. Starling Marté had three hits for Pittsburgh, including his 21st homer in the ninth. Mitch Keller (1-2) allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings. With grinning Little Leaguers dressed in their uniforms filling the stands at
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former NFL running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36. Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in the wreck Saturday night. He had no details about the accident. Benson was a key player in the Longhorns' resurgence under coach Mack Brown, who said Sunday that Benson's death has left him grief-stricken. "He was as good as you'll ever see as a football player and as tough as they come," said Brown, who recently returned to coach North Carolina following a long run at Texas. "But what I'll remember most is what a
... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball's past. Here's a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. The embedded links often point to articles that pertain to the scenes, such as reproductions of period newspapers, images, and/or other such material as is often found in the wild. Today in baseball history: 1913 - Grover Alexander is reached for nine straight hits and six runs as the Cubs defeat Phillies, 10 - 4. (3) Box score. 1949 - The Phillies host 'Eddie Waitkus Night' at Shibe Park and shower their injured first
And so the trip ends on a high note. Technically, the Cubs finally win a road series. This one is a little odd, given two different sites for the games. At this point, we'll all certainly take it. The Cubs finally win a road series for the first time in three months. Of course, that comes against the coldest team in the N.L. Baby steps. Jose Quintana had a very nice start and that makes four good starts in a row to finish out the road trip. If one can say it, the pitching staff wasn't all that bad on this trip except for the two thrashings they took. The bullpen definitely had some pretty rough spots, but in eight of the 10 starts, the starters were somewhere between passable and good. Of course,
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Just like their laid-back new hitting coach, Phillies batters suddenly are relaxed. But they are doing some serious damage. Bryce Harper homered for the third straight game, Roman Quinn and J.T. Realmuto also went deep and Philadelphia's resurgent offense remained red-hot in an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night. The Phillies had 12 hits, and tied their season-high winning streak at four in a row while pulling even with the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot. Since Charlie Manuel arrived as the team's hitting coach on Wednesday, the Phillies are batting .337 with 35 hits, eight doubles, seven homers and 25 RBIs. Manuel, the folksy former Phillies
The sixth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. Bankrolls start at $10,000 for each of the four participants, with the objective to increase it as much as possible over the next year. The minimum daily wager is $300, with a $200 penalty assessed for failing to place a bet on an assigned day. Past winners are Case Keefer in 2018-19 and 2017-2018, Ray Brewer in 2016-2017 and 2015-2016, and Taylor Bern in 2014-2015. Pittsburgh Pirates plus-145 vs. Chicago Cubs, $300 to win $425: This pick could be labeled bizarre when considering the Pirates have a 6-25 record since the all-star break. But they appear to be coming
Cincinnati's red-hot rookie had a three-run homer, Nick Senzel added a leadoff shot and the Reds dropped the St. Louis Cardinals back into a tie with Chicago for first place in the NL Central Division with a 6-1 victory on Saturday. With the Reds leading 2-1 in the fifth, Aquino followed two-out singles by Josh VanMeter and Freddy Galvis with a no-doubt drive to center field on Miles Mikolas' first pitch for his second homer in two nights, his 10th in his last 11 games and 11th in his 17th career games.
In 2016 when the Cubs captured their first World Series title in 108 years, every outlet in the baseball world was branding them a dynasty in the making. Sure, they have been a postseason participant in each of the last two years since capturing a world championship, but the Cubs are 4-7 in the 11 playoff games they have been involved in during that span. In 2017, they won the National League Division Series over the Nationals—three games to two—and were lucky to outlast Washington before they were embarrassed in the NLCS by the Dodgers four games to one. In 2018, the Cubs were in command of winning the N.L. Central Division before struggling in the final weeks of the season, losing the division title to Milwaukee and being forced to walk away with a wild card invitation.