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Baseball history unpacked, January 9

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. The future draws ever nearer.

Dunedin Blue Jays v Tampa Tarpons
Rachel Balkovec manages her first game
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/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.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Joe Wallis.

Today in history:

  • 1317 - Philip V, the Tall, crowned King of France.
  • 1768 - Philip Astley stages the world’s first modern circus in London.
  • 1947 - Elizabeth “Betty” Short, the black dahlia, is last seen alive.
  • 1991 - Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame for betting on baseball.

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.