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Baseball history unpacked, July 20

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

black and white reproduction taken from a telecast by the Apollo 11 lunar surface camera. Photo by: HUM Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

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: Gary Woods, Jake Fox, Matt Szczur, Duane Underwood Jr. Also notable: Heinie Manush HOF, Tony Oliva HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1031 - Henry I succeeds father Robert II as King of the Franks (1031-60).
  • 1402 - Timur, his army and 32 elephants win the Battle of Ankara, during his invasion of Anatolia, capturing the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I.
  • 1712 - The Riot Act takes effect in Great Britain.
  • 1801 - Elisha Brown Jr presses a 1,235 pound cheese ball at his farm.
  • 1881 - Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull, surrenders to US federal troops.
  • 1921 - Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the floor of US House of Representatives.
  • 1944 - Browns’ Nelson Potter is 1st pitcher suspended for throwing spitballs.
  • 1969 - Apollo 11 lunar module carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin lands on the surface of the Moon; Aldrin and Armstrong walk on the moon seven hours later; Michael Collins remains in orbit in the lunar module.
  • 1976 - Hank Aaron hits 755th and last home run off Angels’ Dick Drago.

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.

Also please remember that this is supposed to be fun.

Thank you for your cooperation. And thanks for reading!