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Baseball history unpacked, June 14

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. ‘The lost episode’. The greatest baseball game of the 19th century 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: Harley Parker, Hal Manders, Bud Hardin, Jerry Spradlin.

Today in history:

  • 1381 - Richard II in England meets leaders of the Peasants’ Revolt on Blackheath. The Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance.
  • 1789 - Captain William Bligh and his loyal men cast off from HMS Bounty reach Timor, after sailing 5,800 km in a six-meter launch.
  • 1822 - Charles Babbage proposes a “difference engine” in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society entitled “Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables”.
  • 1881 - Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Massachusetts).
  • 1942 - Anne Frank begins her diary.
  • 1951 - First commercial computer, UNIVAC 1, enters service at Census Bureau.
  • 2013 - The US government charges NSA leaker Edward Snowden with violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property.

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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.