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Baseball history unpacked, November 16

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. White bicycles, 3 am arrives, and other stories.

Happy birthday, Harry Chiti
Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images

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: Joe Quest, Rollie Zeider, Tuffy Stewart, Clay Bryant, Garth Mann. Harry Chiti*, Chris Haney. Also notable: Cristóbal Torriente HOF.

The Harry Chiti story, from SABR.

Today in history:

  • 534 - Second and final revision of the Justinian Code published, a codified set of imperial and classical laws begun initially in 528.
  • 1519 - City of Havana moved to its current location to avoid mosquito infestations.
  • 1676 - 1st colonial prison organized in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
  • 1776 - British troops capture Fort Washington during American Revolution.
  • 1841 - Life preservers made of cork are patented by Napoleon Guerin (NYC).
  • 1907 - Oklahoma becomes the United States 46th state.
  • 1938 LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1939 - Al Capone freed from Alcatraz jail.
  • 1945 - Founding of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  • 2021 - Men’s roller derby team settles dispute with MLB baseball team, allowing both to use Cleveland Guardians name.

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.