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Baseball history unpacked, October 12

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday, Glenn Beckert! Theo Epstein arrives.

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On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is pleased to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and various narratives to follow as they unfold over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. We also include Cubs’ player birthdays and a bit of world history, for context.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Malachi Kittridge, Dick Cotter, Walter Signer, Lou Novikoff, Glenn Beckert*, Jorge Pedre, Derrick White, Tanyon Sturtze, Casey McGehee. Also notable: Pete Hill HOF, Rick Ferrell HOF, Joe Cronin HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1160 - Maurice de Sully is elected bishop of Paris, will initiate plan to build Notre Dame.
  • 1216 - King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash as the flood tide swamps his wagons, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge.
  • 1609 Children’s rhyme “Three Blind Mice” is published in London in a book edited by and possibly written by Thomas Ravenscroft.
  • 1789 - French Revolution: King Louis XVI writes secretly to the King of Spain about complaining of harsh treatment; the Count of Artois writes to the Austrian king requesting military intervention in France.
  • 1859 - Self-proclaimed Emperor of the USA, Emperor Norton issues edict abolishing the US Congress.
  • 1892 - US Pledge of Allegiance first recited in public schools during Columbus Day.

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.

Also please remember that this is supposed to be fun.