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Baseball history unpacked, October 20

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. The Cardinals have always been that way, and other stories. Plus ‘poetry’. RIP Eric Cooper. A LOT happened today, historically-speaking. Read on!

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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.

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Today in baseball history:

  • 2019 - Umpire Eric Cooper*, a veteran of 24 major league seasons, passes away from a heart attack at age 52, only a few days after working the Division Series between the Yankees and Twins. (2)

Cubs birthdays: Marty Sullivan, Skel Roach, Arnold Statz, Leon Brinkopf, Jose Veras. Also notable: Mickey Mantle HOF, Juan Marichal HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1097 - 1st Crusaders arrive in Antioch during the First Crusade. They do not have the Holy Hand Grenade yet.
  • 1600 - Battle of Sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan’s rulers (shoguns).
  • 1774 - American Continental Congress orders discouragement of entertainment.
  • 1803 - US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1888 - Chicago and All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 1908 - King Leopold II sells Congo to Belgium.
  • 1917 - US suffragette Alice Paul begins a 7 month jail sentence for peacefully picketing in support of the women’s Suffrage (right to vote) Amendment at the White House in Washington, D.C.
  • 1918 - In order to secure a WWI armistice, Germany agrees to further concessions.
  • 1924 - 1st Negro League World Series: KC Monarchs shuts out Hilldales, 5-0.
  • 1951 - The “Johnny Bright Incident” occurs in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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