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Baseball history unpacked, May 18

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. Happy birthday to Eric Young, Sr.

Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP 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: Chris Ward, Eric Young Sr.*, Rich Garces, David Patton, Randy Rosario.

Also notable: Brooks Robinson HOF, Reggie Jackson HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1565 - Turkish Armada arrives to begin the Great Siege of Malta, aiming to establish the island as their gateway for the conquest of Europe.
  • 1642 - Ville-Marie (later Montreal), Canada, founded by the Société Notre-Dame de Montréal.
  • 1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate.
  • 1830 - Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for the manufacture of his invention, the lawn mower.
  • 1897 - Herbert Henry Dow founds Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan.
  • 1971 - Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Henri Richard scores twice as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Black Hawks for a 4-3 series victory. (I was there)
  • 1980 - Mount St Helens erupts in Washington state, causing the largest landslide in history, killing 57 people and costing $1 billion in damage.

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!