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Baseball history unpacked, October 23

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Quite a glare he had, Jack Coombs. He was a Cubs nemesis for a long time, way back in the day. Plus many other events in this episode.

Jack Coombs Portrait Photo Reproduction by Transcendental Graphics/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:

SABR on Jack Coombs.

Cubs birthdays: Mike Sullivan, Solly Drake, John Lackey, Felix Doubront. Also notable: Jim Bunning HOF.

Today in history:

  • 42 BC - Roman Republican civil wars: Second Battle of Philippi - Brutus’s army is decisively defeated by Mark Antony and Octavian. Brutus commits suicide.
  • 1588 - Remnants of Medina Sidonia’s Spanish Armada returns to Santander, Spain.
  • 1684 - English King Charles II revokes the Massachusetts Bay Colony charter due to repeated violations of the charter’s terms including trading with other countries and running an illegal mint.
  • 1850 - First US National Women’s Rights convention opens in Brinley Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • 1915 - An estimated 25,000 supporters in a women’s suffrage march on New York’s Fifth Ave, led by Dr. Anna Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters.
  • 1933 - John Dillinger and his gang rob Central National Bank, in Greencastle, Indiana. They take $75, 000.
  • 1955 - Dominican Professional Baseball League moves to winter play for first time.

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 (this also includes the history bullets). Thanks for reading, and thanks also for your cooperation.