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Baseball history unpacked, June 27

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. Today’s birthday Cub could have used a swizzle stick for a bat.

Happy birthday, Nick Martini!
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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: Wayne Terwilliger, Danny Breeden, Jim Edmonds, Nick Martini*.

Today in world history:

  • 1652 - New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America (the first state law was enacted by Connecticut in 1901).
  • 1778 - Liberty Bell returns home to Philadelphia after the British departure.
  • 1893 - Great stock crash on NY stock exchange.
  • 1905 - Russian sailors mutiny aboard battleship “Potemkin” and sail for Odessa.
  • 1929 - 1st color TV demo, performed by Bell Laboratories in NYC.
  • 1973 - John Dean tells Watergate Committee about Nixon’s “enemies list”.
  • 1985 - Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica), is decertified.

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!