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Baseball history unpacked, August 5

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids gathered from allegedly reputable sources. Sluggin’ Sammy turns in his sixth consecutive 100 RBI season.

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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: Rube Novotney, Tony Jacobs, Tim Federowicz.

Today in world history:

  • 910 - The last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred.
  • 1775 - First Spanish ship, San Carlos, enters San Francisco Bay.
  • 1861 - President Lincoln signs the first US personal Income Tax into law (3% of incomes over $800).
  • 1914 - First electric traffic light installed in the USA, on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 1964 - US begins bombing North Vietnam in response to the real and imagined attacks on US Navy ships in the Gulf of Tonkin.
  • 1974 - US President Richard Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in.

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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!