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Baseball history unpacked, February 22

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Baseball on skates and other stories. Happy birthday to Brian Duensing.

Happy birthday, Brian Duensing!
Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/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: Steve Barber, Eric Yelding, Brian Duensing. Also notable: Sparky Anderson HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1632 - Galileo’s book “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems” is published comparing the Copernican and Ptolemaic systems and whether the Earth orbits the sun.
  • 1774 - British House of Lords rules authors do not have perpetual copyright.
  • 1819 - The Adams–Onís Treaty between Spain and the United States is signed, ceding Florida to the US and defining the boundary between the US and New Spain.
  • 1907 - 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London.
  • 1972 - US President Richard Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing.
  • 1980 - ”Miracle on Ice”: US ice hockey team beats the heavily favored Soviet Union, 4-3 at Lake Placid in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history; Americans go on to win the gold medal.
  • 1997 - Dolly the Sheep, world’s first cloned mammal (from an adult cell) is announced by the Roslin Institute in Scotland.

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.