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Baseball history unpacked, August 10

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. One of the biggest of the Cubs’ early stars.

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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 Corcoran, Elmer Jacobs, Bob Porterfield, Jimmy McMath. Also notable: Willie Wells HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 612 BC - Killing of Sinsharishkun, King of Assyrian Empire. Destruction of Nineveh.
  • 843 - Treaty of Verdun: Brothers Lotharius I, Louis the German & Charles the Bald divide France.
  • 991 - Battle of Maldon: English, led by Bryhtnoth, confront a band of inland-raiding Vikings near Maldon in Essex. The English are defeated and the story is immortalized in a well-known poem.
  • 1675 - King Charles II and John Flamsteed lay the foundation stone of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.
  • 1792 - A large scale insurrection against the French monarchy occurs in Paris.
  • 1821 - Missouri admitted as 24th US state.
  • 1833 - Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200.

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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!