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Baseball history unpacked, March 1

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Wrigley’s new bleachers and other stories.

Happy birthday, Adbert Alzolay!
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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: Paul Hines, Hank Wyse, Bob Usher, Doug Creek, Micah Hoffpauir, Adbert Alzolay*.

Today in history:

  • 752 BC - Romulus, first king of Rome, celebrates the first Roman triumph after his victory over the Caeninenses, following the Rape of the Sabine Women.
  • 1260 - Hulagu Khan, grandson of Genghis, conquers Damascus.
  • 1565 - Portuguese soldier Estácio de Sá founds the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 1692 - Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, & Tituba arrested for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.
  • 1803 - Ohio becomes 17th state of the Union.
  • 1867 - Most of Nebraska becomes 37th US state (expanded later)
  • 1872 - Yellowstone becomes the world’s first national park.
  • 1941 - Captain America created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby is first published by Timely Comics (premiere issue released on December 20, 1940).
  • 2020 - First known COVID-19 case in New York state, a health care worker returning from Iran.

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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.