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Baseball history unpacked, April 20

A thrice-weekly compendium,. replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. The Cubs smoke the competition in a joint effort.

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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. Perfectly useful information, largely unread. Enjoy!

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Charlie Smith, Willie Prall, Preston Gomez, Milt Wilcox, Mike O’Berry, Todd Hollandsworth. Also notable: Dave Bancroft HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1611 - First known performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre, London, recorded by Simon Forman.
  • 1862 - First pasteurization test completed by Frenchmen Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard.
  • 1902 - Marie and Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive compound radium chloride.
  • 1971 - US Supreme Court upholds use of busing to achieve racial desegregation.
  • 1999 Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School, Colorado.

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!