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Baseball history unpacked, January 16

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Dizzy Dean born, and other stories.

Dizzy Dean and Gabby Hartnett
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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.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Jim Murray, Dizzy Dean HOF*, Bob Ramazzotti, Moe Morhardt. Also notable: Jimmy Collins HOF.

Today in history:

  • 27 BC - The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate.
  • 550 - Gothic War (535-552): The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.
  • 1547 - Ivan IV the Terrible, aged 17, crowns himself the 1st tsar of Moscow.
  • 1793 - French King Louis XVI sentenced to death by the National Convention during the French Revolution.
  • 1919 - The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, authorizing the prohibition of alcohol, is ratified by a majority of US states.
  • 1966 - Chicago is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls; become the 3rd NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags (1946–50) and Chicago Packers/Zephyrs (now Washington Wizards).

Common sources:


Some of these items spread from site to site without being verified. That is exactly why we ask for reputable sources if you have differences with a posted factoid, so that we can address that to the originators and provide clarity if not ‘truth’. Nothing is posted here without at least one instance of corroboration. Thanks for reading.