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Baseball history unpacked, May 16

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. A historically big day for Sammy Sosa. Happy birthday Big Daddy!

Photo by SPX/Ron Vesely Photography via Getty Images

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 and change 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: Howard Fitzgerald, Rube Walker, Ben Johnson, Rick Reuschel, Mitch Webster, Bob Patterson, Jake Jewell. Also notable: Jack Morris HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1532 - Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England.
  • 1817 - Mississippi River steamboat service begins.
  • 1860 - Chicago: Republican convention selects Abraham Lincoln as candidate.
  • 1875 - Earthquake in Venezuela & Colombia kills 16,000.
  • 1911 - Remains of a neanderthal man found on Jersey, Channel Islands.
  • 1960 - Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.

Common sources:

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!