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Baseball history unpacked, May 8

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. The first Black manager, 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: Sam Shaw, Mickey Doolin, Eddie Pick, Al Epperly, John Flavin. Also notable: Dick Williams HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1541 - Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his expedition discover the Mississippi River.
  • 1902 - Mount Pelée on the French overseas island of Martinique erupts, wiping out the city of Saint-Pierre, killing 30,000 and leaving only two survivors.
  • 1973 - Native Americans holding South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrender.

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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.