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Baseball history unpacked, June 15

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. Today we celebrate the sweet swinger from Whistler, Alabama.

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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 various narratives to follow as they unfold 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: Charlie Dexter, Babe Dahlgren, Gene Baker, Billy Williams HOF, Ty Cline, Ken Henderson, Champ Summers. Also notable: Wade Boggs HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 763 BC - Assyrians record a solar eclipse that will be used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.
  • 1094 - Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar [El Cid] occupies Valencia on the Moren.
  • 1215 - King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, near Windsor, England.
  • 1667 - First fully documented human blood transfusion is performed by French physician, Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys, when a small amount of sheep blood is transfused into a 15-year-old boy, who survives the procedure.
  • 1804 - Twelfth Amendment to the US Constitution, establishing the procedure for electing the President and Vice President, ratified in Congress.
  • 1844 - Charles Goodyear patents the vulcanization of rubber.
  • 1924 - J. Edgar Hoover assumes leadership of the FBI.

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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!