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Baseball history unpacked, October 11

A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs and #MLB history.

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On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and deep dives into various narratives that expand over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. Don’t be afraid to click the links for ‘inside baseball’ on the entries, which change from year to year as we re-examine the subjects.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Rick James, Jesus Sanchez.

Today’s cover boy — Matt Murton was a Cub from 2005-08. He was a full-time player in 2006, and wasn’t terrible (good defensively, he finished the year leading the Cubs in batting average, at .297, with 13 home runs and 62 runs batted in), but he got hurt, and then traded, and never got a shot after that in two years with Oakland and Colorado, and went on to Japan.

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