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Baseball history unpacked, September 14

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Carlos Zambrano threw a gem at Wrigley North on this date in 2008.

Chicago Cubs v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/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: Reggie Richter, Nick Allen, John Bottarini, Jim Fanning. Also notable: Kid Nichols HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1716 - 1st lighthouse in American colonies lit at Boston Harbor.
  • 1752 - Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar (no Sept 3 - Sept 13).
  • 1899 - Henry Bliss becomes 1st automobile fatality in the US (NY).
  • 1938 - Graf Zeppelin II, world’s largest airship, makes its maiden flight.
  • 1956 - IBM introduces the RAMAC 305, 1st commercial computer with a hard drive that uses magnetic disk storage, weighs over a ton.
  • 1973 - US President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure lifting pro football’s blackout.

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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.