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Baseball history unpacked, May 5

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday to the late Lennie Merullo, no-hitters in history, and more!

Leonard Merullo of the Chicago Cubs
Happy birthday, Lennie Merullo.

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: Tom Vickery, Lennie Merullo*, Jim Kirby, Dave Gumpert. Also notable: Charles Bender HOF.

*Lennie Merullo was a Cub for six years, during and after World War Two (1941-47). When he passed on May 30, 2015, he was the last surviving member of a Cub team that played in the World Series. He was known as a slick fielder with a knack for hitting in the clutch. His stats seem to bear that impression out.

That 1945 outfit was a good team, with some well-remembered players — Phil Cavarretta was at first, with Andy Pafko and Bill Nicholson in the outfield. The starting five was killer. They weren’t in the Series by accident.

Today in history:

  • 1260 Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire.
  • 1809 Mary Kies is the first woman issued a US patent for weaving straw
  • 1847 American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia)
  • 1905 Robert S Abbott published 1st issue of newspaper “Chicago Defender”
  • 1920 Italian migrant anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti charged with murder of a paymaster at a US shoe factory in Massachusetts, both are later executed
  • 1925 Dayton teacher John T. Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee.

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