» June 23, 1963:
A ML fielding record is set by Boston's 1B Dick Stuart as "Dr. Strange Glove" handles three first-inning grounders and tosses to P Bob Heffner for putouts. Stuart's teammates and Fenway fans give him a standing ovation. The Yankees beat the Sox 8–0. Heffner is just the second pitcher to have three putouts in an inning: Bosox Jim Bagby (1940) is the other. Rick Reuschel in 1975 will be the next to record three POs.
» June 4, 1970: In the June draft, the Padres select high school catcher Mike Ivie as the number-one pick and sign him in three days to a $100,000 contract. He'll play in the ML 11 years but catch only nine games in the bigs because of a phobia about throwing the ball back to the pitcher. Choosing next, the Indians take Stanford P Steve Dunning, who will debut in 10 days. Catchers Barry Foote (Expos) and Darrell Porter (Brewers) go next. The Pirates wait till the 14th round to take Dave Parker. Rich Gossage goes in the 9th round to the White Sox; Rick Reuschel to the Cubs (3); pitcher Dale Murphy to the Braves (18th). The Giants took Randy Moffitt and Chris Speier on the first round in January and repeat the good first round picks today with John D'Acquisto and Dave Kingman. The Reds take prep SS Gary Polczynski in the first round, but have better luck in the 8th (Will McEnaney), the 10th (Ray Knight) and the 19th (Pat Zachry). The Phillies, Royals, Dodgers, and Angels pick 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th on the first round and also come up with duds. Future seventeen-year major leaguer Frank White goes undrafted today.
» June 30, 1972: Joe Pepitone rejoins the Cubs after a brief retirement, and is 1-for-4 in the Cubs, 4–3 win over the Pirates. Rick Reuschel allows two hits in seven 1/3 innings before leaving with a twisted ankle, but picks up the win. Billy Williams drives in three runs for the Cubs.
» June 8, 1975:
Johnny Bench belts a 2-run homer in the 7th and the Reds beat Rick Reuschel and the Cubs, 2–1.
» June 25, 1975:
Rick Reuschel is the hard-luck lose to Dennis Blair in the Cubs 12–2 loss to the Expos. Montreal scores 10 unearned runs.
» September 16, 1975: Rennie Stennett ties Wilbert Robinson's ML record, set June 10, 1892, by going 7-for-7 in a 9-inning game. The Pirates 2B collects two hits each in the first and 5th innings, and scores five of his club's runs in a 22–0 massacre of the Cubs, a major-league record for the biggest score in a shut out game in the 20th century. John Candelaria pockets the easy win, while Rick Reuschel is the loser. His brother Paul Reuschel, along with Tom Dettore, Oscar Zamora, and Buddy Schultz also pitch for Chicago.
» April 17, 1976: With the wind blowing out at Wrigley, Mike Schmidt leads a Phils' assault with a single, four consecutive home runs, and eight RBIs to overcome a 12–1 deficit after three innings and beat the Cubs in 10 innings, 18–16. Chicago had tied in the 9th after the Phils took a 15–13 lead. Schmidt hits one homer off Mike Garman, two off Rick Reuschel, and the last, a 2-run homer, off Rick's brother, Paul in the 10th. He's the first National Leaguer in modern times to hit four homers in a row. Tug McGraw, who departs for a pinch hitter after Schmidt's last blow, is the winner, though two more pitchers are needed. The Phils use seven pitchers, including starter Steve Carlton.
» June 6, 1977: The first place Cubs beat the Dodgers, 3–1, behind Rick Reuschel's brilliant six 1/3 innings. Reuschel retires 17 batters in a row.
» June 10, 1977:
Rick Reuschel scatters four hits and strikes out seven to give the Cubs a 3–1 win over the Giants. Bob Knepper loses, his first decision of the year.
» July 7, 1977:
Chicago' Rick Reuschel shuts out the Cardinals to run his record to 12–2. Reuschel has not given up an earned run, except a homer, since June 1.
» July 22, 1977: Rick Reuschel allows just four hits as the Cubs beat the Braves, 1–0.
» July 27, 1977: The Cubs Rick Reuschel tosses his 2nd shutout in a row, beating the Reds, 3–0 on a 5-hitter.
» July 28, 1977: In a wild one at Wrigley, the first-place Cubs (6) and Reds (5) combine for 11 home runs to tie the ML record. The first-place Cubs come back four times to win 16–15 in 13 innings in a contest that goes four hours and 50 minutes. Dave Rosello's RBI single wins it. The Reds lead 6–0 to start, beginning with Rose's leadoff home run, and lead 15–14 near the finish, but Dave Rosello's RBI single off Jack Billingham wins the game. Reuschel wins his 15th and 2nd in two days, pitching just 2/3 of an inning. Going deep are Buckner (2), Murcer, Mitterwald (2, including one in the 12 inning), and Morales for Chicago: Rose, Bench, Griffey, Lum and Geronimo homer for the Reds. Rick Reuschel (15–3), who shut out the Reds two days earlier, is the winner with 2/3 of an inning.
» September 18, 1977:
After losing five of his last six decisions, Chicago's Rick Reuschel notches his 20th victory beating the Mets, 6–5. Reuschel leaves after six innings because of a blister, but racks up two hits and three ribbies at the plate.
» April 9, 1981:
Pitcher Rick Reuschel loses his 4th opener in a row for the Cubs, losing to the Mets, 2–0.
» July 22, 1986:
The Cubs fire their ball girl Marla Collins when it is revealed that she posed nude for Playboy magazine. The photos will appear in the October issue and accompany shots of Marla in her Cubs uniform and one of Harry Caray pointing to a tattoo on her right thigh. The Cubs win today 6–4 behind Ed Lynch, who ties a National League record in the 1st inning by making three putouts. The record was set in 1975 by another Cub Rick Reuschel.
» August 20, 1987: Pittsburgh unloads another veteran pitcher, trading Rick Reuschel to the Giants for pitchers Jeff Robinson and Scott Medvin.
» July 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.
» May 12, 1989: San Francisco's Rick Reuschel beats Montreal 2–1 for his 200th ML win.
» July 11, 1989: Bo Jackson and Wade Boggs lead off the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back home runs off Rick Reuschel to spark the American League to a 5–3 win in the All-Star Game at Anaheim Stadium. Jackson earns MVP honors.
» March 18, 1991: California hurler Jim Abbott, born without a right hand, lashes a 400-foot triple in an exhibition game against the Giants in Scottsdale, Arizona. Rick Reuschel surrenders the 3-bagger.