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Baseball history unpacked, January 2

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. RIP Bill Veeck, and other stories.

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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: Ray Jacobs, Nick Dumovich. Also notable: José Méndez HOF, Edgar Martinez HOF.

Today in history:

  • 366 - The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire.
  • 1570 - Tsar Ivan the Terrible’s march to Novgorod begins.
  • 1839 - First photo of the Moon (French photographer Louis Daguerre).
  • 1893 - World’s Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago.
  • 1906 - Willis Carrier receives a US patent for the world’s first air conditioner.
  • 1999 - A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13°F (-25°C); 68 deaths are reported.

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.