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Baseball history unpacked, February 10

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Scenes from the rich tapestry of the great game.

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... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted, information-rich, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history*.

Today in baseball history:

See also: Allen Sothoron. Also of note, this extensive history. And this elegiac piece from Fangraphs. (4)

  • 1971 - Former player Bill White becomes the first black play-by-play broadcaster in major league history. WPIX-TV hires White to team with Phil Rizzuto and Frank Messer on New York Yankees broadcasts. (3)
  • 2018 - The Cubs land one of the biggest remaining free agents of the off-season by signing P Yu Darvish for six years and $126 million. (3)
  • 2020 - The ramifications of the 2017 Astros sign-stealing scandal just won’t end. Today, former Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger files a civil suit in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing the Astros of “unfair business practices, negligence and intentional interference with contractual and economic relations.” He points to an appearance on August 4th that season when he was lit up by the Astros, essentially ending his major league career, and asks for the Astros to forfeit the $31 million in bonuses resulting from their World Series win that year and give the money to charitable causes. (3)

Cubs birthdays: Bob Logan, Randy Jackson, Cesar Izturis, Allen Webster. Also notable: Herb Pennock HOF,

Common sources:

*We vet each item as much as time allows. Please let us know if an item is in error, especially if you have a source. Thanks for reading.