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Baseball history unpacked, June 28

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday, Mark Grace.

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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: Hal Breeden, Chris Speier, Mark Grace*, Matt Karchner, Ron Mahay.

Today in history:

  • 1635 - French colony of Guadeloupe established in the Caribbean.
  • 1762 - Russian Tsarina Catherine II seizes power, declaring herself sovereign ruler of Russia.
  • 1776 - Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress.
  • 1846 - Saxophone is patented by Antoine-Joseph “Adolfe” Sax.
  • 1870 - U.S. Congress creates federal holidays (New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day), initially applicable only to federal employees.
  • 1914 - Assassination of Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie by Bosnian-Serb assassin Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, setting off chain of alliances that begin WWI.
  • 1919 - Treaty of Versailles, ending WWI and establishing the League of Nations, is signed in France.

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.