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Baseball history unpacked, July 14

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Santo clicks his heels, and other stories. Happy birthday, Steve Stone!

Happy birthday, Steve Stone!
Photo by Walter Iooss Jr. /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

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: Art Nichols, Jiggs Parrott, Julio Bonetti, Steve Stone*, Chuck Rainey, Derrick May, Jack Leathersich.

Today in history:

  • 1077 - Bayeux Tapestry likely first goes on display to decorate the nave during the consecration of Notre-Dame of Bayeux Cathedral, Bayeux, Normandy [1]
  • 1789 - Bastille Day - the French Revolution begins with the storming of the Bastille Prison in Paris (now celebrated as France’s national day).
  • 1877 - General strike brings US railroad to a standstill.
  • 1914 - American engineer Robert Goddard is granted the first patent for liquid-fueled rocket design.

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