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Baseball history unpacked, July 18

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. RIP Donnie.

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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: Larry Hoffman, Larry McLean, Robert Gsellman. Also notable: Joe Torre HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 64 - Great Fire of Rome begins under the Emperor Nero.
  • 1743 - 1st half-page newspaper ad is published (NY Weekly Journal).
  • 1897 - Cap Anson is 1st to get 3,000 hits.
  • 1927 - Ty Cobb’s 4,000th MLB career hit.
  • 1984 - 21 people are killed and 19 are injured in a massacre in a McDonalds restaurant in San Ysidro, California; it ends with the shooting of its perpetrator, James Oliver Huberty.

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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.

Also please remember that this is supposed to be fun.

Thank you for your cooperation. And thanks for reading!