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Baseball history unpacked, February 25

A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB history. In case you thought today’s contretemps is unusual, we refer you to these incidents.

Portrait of Monte Irvin
Monte Irvin

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.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Howard Earl, Monte Irvin HOF*, Andy Pafko, Ron Santo HOF, Ed Lynch, Henry Rodriguez, Felix Pena, Jorge Soler, Erick Castillo. Also notable: Bob Brenly.


Today in history:

  • 1751 - 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent).
  • 1791 - 1st Bank of US chartered.
  • 1836 - Samuel Colt patents first multi-shot revolving-cylinder revolver, enabling the firearm to be fired multiple times without reloading.
  • 1837 - 1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport.
  • 1862 - Congress forms US Bureau of Engraving and Printing to print newly issued US paper currency, the United States Notes.
  • 1913 - The 16th Amendment to the US Constitution becomes law, providing the legal basis for the institution of a graduated income tax.

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!