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Baseball history unpacked, April 17

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. George Mitterwald had a milestone day, and so did Mike Schmidt. But wait! There’s more!

George Mitterwald had a milestone day!
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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: Cap Anson HOF, Mike Jacob, Tom Needham, Morrie Schick, Bob Osborn, Roberto Pena.

Today in history:

  • 1387 - Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” characters begin their pilgrimage to Canterbury (according to scholars).
  • 1492 - Christopher Columbus signs a contract with the Spanish monarchs to find the “Indies” with the stated goal of converting people to Catholicism. This promises him 10 percent of all riches found, and the governorship of any lands encountered.

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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.