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Baseball history unpacked, February 23

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Several sad endings, commemorated today. Happy birthday to Rob Bowen!

Happy birthday, Rob Bowen!
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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: Wilbur Cooper, Clarke Pittenger, Lynn Nelson, Earl Grace, Mike Sember, Rob Bowen*. Also notable: Honus Wagner HOF, Eddie Murray HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1528 - John Zápolya, the disputed King of Hungary, and Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent sign a treaty.
  • 1582 - Pope Gregory XIII announces New Style (Gregorian) calendar.
  • 1821 - Agustín de Iturbide and Vicente Guerrero agree to the Plan of Iguala, stating that Mexico will become a constitutional monarchy, Roman Catholicism the official religion and that Peninsulares and Creoles will enjoy equal political and social rights.
  • 1863 - Arizona Territory created.
  • 1969 - Mariner 6 launched for Mars flyby to study the planet’s atmosphere.
  • 1980 - US ice hockey team clinches gold medal with a 4-2 win over Finland at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; comes after the 4-3 “Miracle on Ice” victory against the favored Soviet Union.

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.