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Baseball history unpacked, July 5

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday to the Sarge and the Goose!

Rich Gossage, Hall-of-Famer.
Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos 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: Pat Wright, Ward Miller, Buck Freeman, Dave Lemonds, Gary Matthews, Rich Gossage HOF*, Tim Worrell, Bo Porter.

Today in history:

  • 1643 - 1st recorded tornado in US (Essex County, Massachusetts).
  • 1811 - Venezuelan Declaration of Independence: seven provinces declare themselves independent of Spain.
  • 1935 - FDR signs US National Labor Relations Act, effective the next day.
  • 1937 - Spam, the luncheon meat, is first introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.
  • 1971 - 26th amendment to the US constitution certified (reduces voting age to 18).

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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.