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Baseball history unpacked, September 9

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. The Minor League Player of the Year for 2014.

Kris Bryant during Spring Training in 2014
Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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: Abner Dalrymple, Frank Chance HOF, Ed Mickelson, Earl Averill, Jerry Mumphrey, Todd Zeile, Edwin Jackson, Michael Bowden, Billy Hamilton. Also notable: Frankie Frisch HOF, Waite Hoyt HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1513 - Battle of Flodden: English forces defeat the Scots near Branxton in Northumberland and kill King James IV of Scotland, the last monarch in Great Britain to be killed in battle.
  • 1753 - 1st steam engine arrives in north American colonies.
  • 1839 - English scientist and astronomer John Herschel takes 1st glass plate photograph.
  • 1850 - California is admitted as the thirty-first state of the Union.

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.