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Baseball history unpacked, April 29

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. This one had a cup of coffee and that’s it.

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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: Frank Hankinson, Freddy Rodriguez, Billy Petrick**. Also notable: Luis Aparicio HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1429 - Joan of Arc arrives at the siege of Orleans.
  • 1553 - Flemish woman introduces practice of starching linen into England.
  • 1813 - Ist US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F. Hummel.
  • 1953 - The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
  • 1968 - ”Hair” opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances.
  • 1990 - Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate.

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!

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