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Baseball history unpacked, May 19

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Cy’s 500th, the Farrell brothers go yard, and the reserve clause is challenged, plus 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: Ed Hutchinson, Curt Simmons, Luis Salazar, Fritzie Connally, Turk Wendell, Scott McClain, Josh Paul, Erich Uelmen. Also notable: Ed Walsh HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1536 - Anne Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII, is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason.
  • 1571 - Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi founds Manilla in the Philippines.
  • 1802 - French Order of Legion d’Honneur forms.
  • 1935 - NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936.
  • 2161 - Syzygy: 8 of 9 planets aligned on same side of sun.

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