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Baseball history unpacked, January 20

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Important players pass,, and other stories.

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Geovany Soto, still a hit.
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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: Earl Smith, Gale Wade, John Baker, Geovany Soto*.

Today in history:

  • 1502 - The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored.
  • 1785 - Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Island), no takers.
  • 1929 - First feature talking motion picture taken outdoors, “In Old Arizona.”
  • 1986 - First US federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. or MLK Day.

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.