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Baseball history unpacked, March 16

A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB history. This one never fulfilled its promise.

Hee-Seop Choi
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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.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Walt Kinzie, Vic Keen, Ken O’Dea, Vern Olsen, Hobie Landrith, Hee-Seop Choi**. Also notable: Lloyd Waner HOF.


Today in history:

  • 597 BC - Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king.
  • 1527 - Battle of Khanua: Mughal Emperor Babur defeats Rajput forces led by Rana Sanga consolidating Mughal power.
  • 1827 - First US newspaper, “Freedom’s Journal” owned and operated by African Americans begins publishing in New York City.
  • 1867 - First publication of an article by Joseph Lister outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery, in “The Lancet”.
  • 1882 - U.S. Senate ratifies the Geneva Convention of 1864, legitimatizing the International Red Cross and the American Red Cross.
  • 1926 - Robert H. Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, goes 184’ (56 meters).
  • 1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers.

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!