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Baseball history unpacked, October 28

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. The World Series returns to Wrigley, and other stories.

Happy birthday, Justin Hancock!
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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.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Ed McDonald, Bill McCabe, Percy Jones, George Hennessey, Luis Márquez, Lenny Harris, Larry Casian, Esmailin Caridad, Justin Hancock.

Today in history:

  • 312 - Emperor Constantine the Great beats rival Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge.
  • 1216 - Henry III aged nine is crowned King of England at Gloucester Cathedral after the death of his father King John (2nd coronation in 1220).
  • 1636 - Harvard University, Cambridge, founded by a vote of the Massachusetts General Court.
  • 1793 - Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin.
  • 1831 - Michael Faraday demonstrates his dynamo invention, an electrical generator.
  • 1882 - Athletics reveal $22,000 profit in their first season in the American Association.
  • 1886 - Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City.
  • 1929 - Dow Jones plummets 38.33 pts (13%) to 260.64.
  • 1962 - Radio Moscow reports nuclear missiles in Cuba deactivated.

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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.