Cubs Calendar: April 26, 1905

The Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates at Exposition Park III (four years before the Pirates moved to Forbes Field) by the score of 2 to 1. Cubs’ outfielder Jack McCarthy was the hero of the game for throwing out three Pirate runners at home plate. McCarthy, a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, was one of the few college educated baseball players of his day. Moreover, McCarthy made these three great defensive plays at the age of 36. The circumstances surrounding these defensive gems are sketchy as television had yet to be invented. We do know, however, that the dimensions of Exhibition Park were quite spacious. From home plate to left field and home plate to right field measured 400 feet each, while the center field wall stood 450 feet from home.

Photo by Boston Public Library [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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