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Baseball history unpacked, October 4

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Happy birthday, Bobby Scales!
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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: Ossie France, Jim Gardner, Bob Rhoads, Bob Kelly, Tony La Russa HOF, Lary Sorensen, Billy Hatcher, Mike Walker, Bobby Scales*.

Today in history:

  • 1582 - Last Julian calendar day in Spain, Portugal and pontifical states. To sync to the Gregorian calendar, 10 days are skipped and the next date is Oct 15.
  • 1675 - Dutch mathematician Christiaan Huygens patents the pocket watch.
  • 1824 - Mexico becomes a republic.
  • 1883 - The Orient Express departs on its first official journey from Paris to Istanbul.
  • 1910 - Portugal becomes a republic, King Manuel II flees to England.
  • 1940 - Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in the Alps.

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.