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Baseball history unpacked, April 1

A thrice-weekly compendium of #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB historical factoids, just for you. This one is better than a night in the ruts. Now let’s pause for a message from our sponsor.

Jerry Lewis In ‘The Family Jewels’, 1965
Photo by Paramount/Getty Images

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: Hal Reilly, Jake Jaeckel, Frank Castillo, Daniel Murphy. Also notable: Phil Niekro HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 374 - Comet 1P/374 E1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0884 AUs of Earth.
  • 1693 - Cotton Mather’s four-day-old son dies, and witchcraft is blamed.
  • 1826 - Samuel Morey is issued the first U.S. patent for an internal-combustion engine, which he calls a “Gas or Vapour Engine.”
  • 1866 - US Congress rejects presidential veto giving all equal rights in US.
  • 1891 - The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 1930 - Chicago Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett breaks the altitude record for a catch by gloving a baseball dropped from the Goodyear blimp 800 feet over Los Angeles, California.
  • 1978 ”The Bob Newhart Show” last airs on CBS-TV.
  • 1989 - A. Bartlett Giamatti replaces Peter Ueberroth as the seventh commissioner of Major League Baseball.
  • 1997 - Comet Hale-Bopp Perihelion (0.914 AU).

Common sources:

And thanks to JohnW53 and our other reader for additional wisdom.

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