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Baseball history unpacked, August 8

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Today’s celebrant batted .209 over parts of four seasons.

Chad Meyers #20
Happy birthday, Chad Meyers!
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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: Cupid Childs, Walter Keating, Tot Pressnell, Ken Raffensberger, Vern Morgan, Vicente Amor, Ray Fontenot, Dave Meier, Chad Meyers*.

Today in world history:

  • 1508 - Spaniard Juan Ponce de León founds Caparra, the first European settlement in Puerto Rico.
  • 1609 - Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei’s telescope.
  • 1786 - US Congress unanimously chooses the dollar as the monetary unit for the United States of America.
  • 1882 - Snow falls on Lake Michigan.
  • 1976 - Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts.

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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!