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Baseball history unpacked, February 4

A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB history.

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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: Doc Miller, Dan Plesac

Today in world history:

  • 1789 - First US electoral college chooses George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice-President
  • 1988 - Panamanian General Manuel Noriega indicted by US federal grand jury for drug trafficking and racketeering
  • 1970 - ”Patton,” directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring George C. Scott premieres in New York. It was voted Best Picture in the Academy Awards in 1971.
  • 1977 - ”Rumours,” the 11th studio album by Fleetwood Mac is released. It won the Grammy for Album of the Year.
  • 2004 - Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room

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!