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Baseball history unpacked, April 13

A thrice-weekly compendium,. replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. This one was a genuine maverick with a flair for promotions.

Oakland Athletics Owner Charlie O. Finley, 1974 World Series
Charlie O. Finley
Set Number: X19018 TK6

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: Claude Hendrix, Roy Walker, Jake Mooty, John Stephenson, Doug Strange,

Today in world history:

  • 837 - Best view of Halley’s Comet in 2,000 years.
  • 1517 - Ottoman army occupies Cairo.
  • 1860 - 1st Pony Express reaches Sacramento, California.

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.

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