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Baseball history unpacked, February 11

A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB history. This one brought the hits.

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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: Jimmy Ryan, Red Shannon, Hal Rice, Chris Kitsos, Willie Smith, Tom Veryzer, Dave Swartzbaugh, Brian Matusz.


Today in world history:

  • 660 BC — Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu.
  • 1794 - 1st session of US Senate open to the public.
  • 1808 — Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
  • 1971 — US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.
  • 1990 — Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa.

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!