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Baseball history unpacked, October 18

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Bad day for Cubs playoff teams as they lose three games. Connie Mack and Charlie Finley also figure in this installment. Happy Birthday, Don Young!

Happy birthday, Don Young!
Photo by Louis Requena/MLB via 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: Cliff Carroll, Walt Wilmot, Hans Lobert, Sumpter Clarke, Don Young*, Allen Ripley. Also notable: Candy Cummings HOF.

Don Young by Jerome Holtzman.

Today in history:

  • 1009 - The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock.
  • 1386 - Opening of the University of Heidelberg.
  • 1648 - First labor organization forms in North American colonies (Boston Shoemakers).
  • 1867 - Alaska Purchase: US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia, having paid $7.2 million.
  • 1878 - Edison makes electricity available for household use.
  • 1921 - Charles Strite granted US patent No. 1,394,450 for his invention, the automatic pop-up toaster.
  • 1931 - Gangster Al Capone is convicted on five of the 23 counts of tax evasion against him, later fined $50,000 and sentenced to 11 years in jail.
  • 1954 - Texas Instruments Inc. announces the first transistor radio.
  • 1968 US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving the Black Power salute to protest racism and injustice against African-Americans during Olympic medal ceremony.

Common sources:


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