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Baseball history unpacked, May 2

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. This one probably shouldn’t be on the field except with a bat.

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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 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: Larry Cheney, Bill Piercy, Gale Staley, Keith Moreland, Jose Ascanio, Jonathan Villar. Also notable: Eddie Collins HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1536 - Anne Boleyn is arrested and taken to the Tower of London.
  • 1776 - France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels.
  • 1908 - Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer register their popular song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” for copyright.

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!