This day in baseball: Scoring frenzy

The Chicago Colts (later know as the Cubs) of the National League established the record for most runs scored in a game by one team on June 29, 1897 when they destroyed the Louisville Colonels in a 36-7 rout.  The modern NL record would be set by the Cardinals in 1929 when they beat the Phillies, 28-6, at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl.

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1897 Lousiville Colonels (SABR)

This day in baseball: White Stockings’ NL debut

The Chicago White Stockings, in their fifth season as a franchise, made their National League debut on April 25, 1876, winning 4-0 over the Grays at the Louisville Baseball Park in Kentucky. The White Stockings won the NL’s first championship during this season with a record of 52–14. The franchise would be also known as the Colts and the Orphans before becoming the Cubs in 1903.

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This day in baseball: Cy Young’s debut

On August 6, 1890, pitching legend Cy Young made his Major League debut at Chicago’s West Side Park at the age of twenty-three.  He is credited with the win as the Cleveland Spiders defeated the Colts 8-1.  Young dominated, allowing the Colts only three hits.  He finished his rookie season with a 9-7 record, and would go on to win 511 games in his career.

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