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Baseball history unpacked, April 11

A thrice-weekly compendium,. replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. This one has dinosaur eggs.

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On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is pleased to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and deep dives into various narratives that we can observe as they expand over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. We also include Cubs’ player birthdays and a bit of world history, for context.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Hank Schenz, Robin Jennings, Todd Dunwoody, Andres Blanco.

Today in world history:

  • 1471 - Wars of the Roses: King Edward IV of England seizes London from Henry VI.
  • 1783 - Hostilities formally cease in the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1814 - Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates unconditionally and he is exiled to the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.
  • 1868 - The Shogunate is abolished in Japan.
  • 1900 - The first modern submarine designed and built by John Philip Holland is purchased by the U.S. Navy.
  • 1924 - WLS-AM in Chicago IL begins radio transmissions.
  • 2013 - Fossilized dinosaur eggs with embryos are discovered in China.

Common sources:

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

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!