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Baseball history unpacked, April 22

A thrice-weekly compendium,. replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. Today’s player was once a fightin Phil.

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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: Bob Smith, Taylor Douthit, Fabian Kowalik, Terry Francona, Mickey Morandini (pictured).

Today in world history:

  • 1056 - Supernova Crab nebula last seen by the naked eye.
  • 1692 - Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.
  • 1934 - US Division of Investigation (later the FBI) under Melvin Purvis botch an operation to capture the John Dillinger Gang at Little Bohemia Lodge, Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. with 2 dead and 4 injured.
  • 1969 - 1st human eye transplant performed.
  • 2016 - Paris Agreement on climate change signed in New York binding 195 nations to an increase in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C.

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!