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Rick Sutcliffe from the Chronology
Jun 12, 2006 - The White Sox defeat the Rangers, 8-3. Jose Contreras wins his 15th consecutive decision (last eight in 2005, first seven in 2006) for Chicago, tying a franchise record shared by LaMarr Hoyt (1983-84) and Wilson Alvarez (1993-94). Of the last 10 pitchers to win 15 straight decisions—dating back more than 30 years—only one played in the National League: Rick Sutcliffe, of the Cubs, who broadcast today’s game for ESPN. Sutcliffe won 16 straight decisions in 1984-85.
Jul 21, 1989 - Before the start of the Cubs-Giants game at Wrigley Field Cubs OF Dwight Smith sings the National Anthem. Smith then goes 0-for-4 scoring a run as the Cubs lose 4-3. Mark Grace has a 2-run homer in the 8th for the rest of the runs. The Giants do all their scoring against Rick Sutcliffe in the 3rd as Pat Sheridan acquired last month from Detroit knocks in 2 runs.
Jul 29, 1988 - In the Cubs' 8-3 win over the Kevin Gross and the host Phillies Rick Sutcliffe swipes home the first pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1984 to steal home. It comes on the front end of a double steal with Mitch Webster when the pitcher fakes a throw to 3B and throws to first where Jordan makes an error. Sutcliffe is the first Cubs pitcher to steal home since Hippo Vaughn in 1919.
Jul 19, 1988 - In the top of the 9th at Wrigley Field Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe picks Brett Butler off 1B unassisted. With Jose Uribe at 2B Butler wanders too far off the bag and the Cubs pitcher nabs him for the out. But Sutcliffe loses 3-1 to Rick Reuschel.
Jun 7, 1985 - Behind the pitching of Rick Sutcliffe, the Chicago Cubs defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 1–0, and move into first place in the NL East as the Mets lose. Cubs catcher Jody Davis accounts for the only run with a homer off Jose DeLeon.
Oct 23, 1984 - Rick Sutcliffe who was 16-1 for the Cubs after arriving from Cleveland 2 days before the June 15th trading deadline is a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young Award winner. Overall Sutcliffe was 20-6 with a 3.64 ERA.
Oct 2, 1984 - In the first LCS game played with replacement umpires the Cubs clobber the Padres 13-0 to take a 1-0 lead in the NL series. Chicago hits 5 home runs at Wrigley Field including one by starting pitcher Rick Sutcliffe and another by Bob Dernier to lead off the game.
Sep 24, 1984 - Rick Sutcliffe pitches a 2-hitter in a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh to clinch the NL East title for the Cubs who will be making their first post-season appearance since 1945. The win is Sutcliffe's 14th in a row. Sutcliffe strikes out 9 Bucs including Joe Orsulak for the final out.
Sep 7, 1984 - In the Braves' 5-4 loss to the Giants pitcher Pascual Perez steals home in the 4th on the front end of a double steal with Thompson. This Perez' only career steal. He leaves in the 7th and Garber takes the loss with Grant the victor. The next pitcher to swipe home will be Rick Sutcliffe in 1988.
Aug 7, 1984 - The Cubs sweep a pair from the visiting Mets winning 8-6 and 8-4. Rick Sutcliffe (9-1) beats Ron Darling (10-5) in the opener benefiting from a 6-run 5th inning. Keith Moreland hits a 3-run HR and Cey a 2-run shot in the 5th. A 5-run 4th in game 2 propels Chicago to the win for reliever Tim Stoddard. Lee Smith notches his 25th save.
Jun 29, 1984 - In Los Angeles Steve Sax hits a 1st inning triple then swipes home and Orel Hershiser scatters 9 hits to lead the Dodgers past the Cubs and Rick Sutcliffe 7-1. Hershiser will not miss another start until he injures his shoulder in 1990 and Sutcliffe will not lose again in the regular season.
Jun 13, 1984 - In a deal that will pay off in the short run with an NL East Championship the Cubs trade outfielders Mel Hall and Joe Carter and minor leaguer Darryl Banks to the Indians for P George Frazier C Ron Hassey and P Rick Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe will go 16-1 for the Cubs the rest of the season and win the NL Cy Young Award. Because Cubs GM Dallas Green neglected to renew waivers on Hall and Carter the status of the trade is in doubt for a while and the two will not play for a week.
Dec 9, 1981 - The Dodgers trade 1979 Rookie of the Year Rick Sutcliffe‚ unhappy with his exile to the Dodger bullpen‚ and infielder Jack Perconte to the Indians for OF Jorge Orta. Orta will hit just .217 for the Dodgers next season‚ while Sutcliffe will lead the AL in ERA.
May 25, 1979 - Seven different Dodgers including P Rick Sutcliffe hit HRs as Los Angeles buries the visiting Reds 17-6. Sutcliffe poles his off Tom Seaver. The last homer for LA comes when Davey Lopes hits a 3-0 pitch in the 6th with the Dodgers up 14-2. In his next at bat Dave Tomlin decks Lopes 4 straight times inciting a brawl.
Jun 5, 1974 - The June draft produces just 725 picks the fewest in history and only 300 of these are from the college ranks with the low number blamed on the introduction of aluminum bats this past season. The Padres with their 3rd number-one free-agent pick in 5 years select Brown University SS Bill Almon the TSN College Player of the Year. They had selected him 3 years earlier out of high school but he attended college instead. The Rangers take P Tommy Boggs with the 2nd pick and the Phils follow with prep OF Lonnie Smith. With the 5th pick the Braves select Dale Murphy; the Angels picking 10th take the ill-fated Mike Miley who quarterbacked LSU to a win in the Orange Bowl. the Tigers take Lance Parrish with the 16th pick the Royals pick prep football star Willie Wilson with the 18th and the Red Sox picking 20th take SS Eddie Ford son of Whitey Ford. Picking next the Dodgers get Rick Sutcliffe. The Orioles with the 24th pick in round 1 pick Rich Dauer the top player for USC's championship team; 4 of their other picks will end up in the NFL (QB's Andy Johnson Steve Bartkowski and John Sciarra and Anthony Davis). The Cards use a pick on the NFL Giants Brad Van Pelt the 5th time he's been selected. The Twins pick up prep C Butch Wynegar who will make the AL All-star team at age 20.
Aug 9, 1919 - Cubs P Jim "Hippo" Vaughn surprises the Giants in the 8th inning by swiping home. Vaughn also picks up the victory 3-1 over Phil Douglas. Not until Rick Sutcliffe in 1988 will another Cub pitcher steal home.
Jun 17, 1904 - In a swap greatly criticized in Boston the Boston Americans send OF Patsy Dougherty to the Highlanders for weak-hitting rookie Bob Unglaub who will play in just 6 games before being hospitalized with blood poisoning (one report says alcohol poisoning). Dougherty is not the only Patsy changing uniforms this month; For $750 the White Sox release Patsy Flaherty (1-2) to Pittsburgh where he will win 19 more games. This will be his only winning season but his feat of winning 20 games while pitching for two teams in a season will be matched only by Joe McGinnity Hank Borowy and Rick Sutcliffe.