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Baseball history unpacked, October 26

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. World Series game 2 and more.

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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: Andy Sommers, Harry Chapman, Tommy Griffith, Steve Ontiveros,

Today in history:

  • 1492 - Lead (graphite) pencils first used.
  • 1774 - First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia.
  • 1858 - Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine in Pittsburgh.
  • 1881 - Gunfight at the OK Corral: The most famous shootout in the Wild West occurs, between lawmen (including Wyatt Earp) and the Cowboys, with Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton killed.
  • 1887 - ”World Championship” Baseball Series, Sportsman’s Park, Detroit Wolverines (NL) beat St. Louis Browns (AA), 10 games to 5 in series played in bitterly cold conditions.
  • 1970 - ”Doonesbury” comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers.

Common sources:


**one million BCB points for the party who can identify the PTBNL in the Hoyer deal. I spent an hour looking.

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.