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Baseball history unpacked, April 12

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. The Exploding Scoreboard and other stories. Episode #779.

Happy birthday, Moose Moryn!
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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: Charlie Pick, Trader Horne, Walt Moryn*, Woodie Fryman, Justin Ruggiano, Brad Brach. Also notable: Vic Willis HOF, Addie Joss HOF.

SABR on Moose Moryn.

Today in history:

  • 1204 - Fourth Crusade occupies and plunders Constantinople.
  • 1606 - England adopts the Union Flag, replaced in 1801 by current Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack.
  • 1811 - 1st US colonists on Pacific coast arrive at Cape Disappointment, Washington.
  • 1861 - Fort Sumter in South Carolina is attacked by the Confederacy, beginning the American Civil War.
  • 1877 - Catcher’s mask first used in a baseball game.
  • 1924 - WLS-AM in Chicago begins radio transmissions.
  • 1938 - Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Chicago Black Hawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1 for a 3-1 series win; only team to win Cup with losing regular season record.
  • 1960 - Bill Veeck & Chicago Comiskey Park debuts “Exploding Scoreboard”.

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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.