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Baseball history unpacked, May 10

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday, P.J. Higgins! Triple plays and other stories.

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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 Ferguson, Freddie Maguire, Russ Bauers, Jim Hickman, Merritt Ranew, Tim Hosley, P.J. Higgins*.

Today in history:

  • 1559 - Scottish Protestants under John Knox rise up against queen mother Mary.
  • 1655 - Jamaica captured by the English.
  • 1865 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis captured by Union troops at Irwinsville Georgia (US Civil War).
  • 1869 - Golden Spike driven, completing the first US Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah and connecting the Central Pacific Railroad with the Union Pacific.
  • 1924 - J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of the FBI.
  • 1930 - First US planetarium opens (Adler-Chicago).
  • 1973 - Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Yvan Cournoyer has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4 to take title, 4 games to 2.

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.