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Baseball history unpacked, January 31

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

Ernie Banks would have turned 91 today
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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.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Ernie Banks HoF, Hank Aguirre, Tommy La Stella, Locke St. John. Also notable: Jackie Robinson HoF, Nolan Ryan HoF

Today in world history:

1865 - Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America

1949 - First daytime soap on TV “These Are My Children” airs on NBC in Chicago

1950 - President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of a hydrogen bomb

2015 - 17-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand becomes the youngest golfer in men’s or women’s golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world

Common sources:

There is a very active baseball history community and there are many facets to their views. We strive for clarity. Please be aware that we are trying to make the historical record as represented by our main sources coherent and as accurate as is possible. No item is posted here without corroboration. Some of these items spread from site to site without being verified. That is exactly why we ask for reputable sources, so that we can address them to the originators. BBRef is very cooperative in this regard, as are SABR and the Baseball Almanac. We have removed thenationalpastime from our sourcing list, as there have been multiple complaints about their content and they do not respond to attempts to communicate.

Also please remember that this is supposed to be fun.

Thank you for your cooperation. And thanks for reading!