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Baseball history unpacked, June 6

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. Things got interesting down on the farm, thanks to Branch Rickey.

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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: Jim St. Vrain, Bill Lange, Ray Pierce, Bob Talbot, Brooks Kieschnick. Also notable: Bill Dickey HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1328 - Franciscan theologian William of Ockham [Occam] excommunicated by Pope John XXII.
  • 1772 - Haitian explorer Jean Baptiste-Pointe Du Sable settles in Chicago.
  • 1813 - US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek (Ontario).
  • 1892 - Chicago South Side Elevated Railroad opens (first 3.6 miles).
  • 1925 - Walter Chrysler founds automobile manufacturer Chrysler Corporation.
  • 1966 - NFL & AFL announce their merger.
  • 1968 Senator Robert F. Kennedy dies from his wounds after he was shot the previous night.

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!