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Baseball history unpacked, October 29

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A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs and #MLB history. Happy birthday to me! Today’s items have direct bearing on the present.

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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: Mark Baldwin, Solly Hofman, Richie Barker, Arismendy Alcantara.

Also notable: Bob Ross, Winona Ryder, Richard Dreyfuss, Andy Dalton, Dan Castellaneta.

Today in history:

  • 1390 - First trial for witchcraft in Paris.
  • 1618 - English adventurer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England.
  • 1889 ”World Championship” Baseball Series, Polo Grounds, NYC: defending champion NY Giants (NL) beat Brooklyn Bridegrooms (AA), 3-2 in Game 9 to claim series, 6-3.
  • 1929 - ”Black Tuesday” Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the “Great Depression”.
  • 1945 - Happy Chandler resigns as US Senator, remains as baseball commissioner
  • 1967 - Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni and James Rado’s musical “Hair” premieres in NYC
  • 1969 - US Supreme Court orders end to all school segregation “at once”.

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