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Baseball history unpacked, February 14

A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB history. The one’s a corker.

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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. We also add a bit of world history, for perspective’s sake.

The cover photo is from a game in Havana, 11/29/1910. The home team beat Cobb and the Tigers 3-0.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Ace Stewart, Mike Hechinger, Uel Eubanks, Len Gabrielson, Daniel Garibay.

Today in world history:

  • 1747 - Astronomer James Bradley presents his discovery of the wobbling motion of the Earth on its axis to the Royal Society, London.
  • 1859 - Oregon admitted as 33rd state of the Union.
  • 1870 - Esther Morris appointed US’ first female in Justice of the Peace in South Pass City, Wyoming, after previous justice, R.S. Barr, resigned to protest passage of Wyoming Territory’s women’s suffrage amendment in 1869.
  • 1899 - US Congress begins using voting machines.
  • 1912 - Arizona admitted to the Union as the 48th state.
  • 1920 - League of Women Voters forms in Chicago.
  • 1978 - First “micro on a chip” patented by Texas Instruments.

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!