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Baseball history unpacked, March 25

A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB history, with additional historical factoids.

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Dutch Leonard
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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: Frank Dwyer, Bill Carney, Polly McLarry, Denver Grigsby, Dutch Leonard**, Jim Ellis, Jeff Kunkel. Also notable: Tom Glavine HOF.

**pictured

Today in world history:

  • 31 - First Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus.
  • 421 - City of Venice founded.
  • 708 - Constantine begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
  • 1306 - Robert the Bruce crowned Robert I, King of Scots, having killed his rival John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch.
  • 1634 - Under charter granted to Lord Baltimore and led by his brother Leonard Calvert first settlers found Catholic colony of Maryland.
  • 1655 - Christiaan Huygens discovers Titan (Saturn’s largest satellite).
  • 1669 - Mount Etna in Sicily erupts, destroying Nicolosi, killing 20,000.
  • 1882 - 1st demonstration of pancake making, held at a department store in NYC.
  • 1954 - RCA manufactures 1st color TV set (12½” screen at $1,000).
  • 1970 - Concorde makes its 1st supersonic flight (700 MPH/1,127 KPH).
  • 1982 - Wayne Gretzky becomes first NHL player to score 200 points in a season.

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