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Baseball history unpacked, August 11

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources, a little bit cheesy but nicely displayed. No-hitters and perfect games and the Field of Dreams Game, oh my.

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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.

Going to stop here for a minute to acknowledge my dad, who passed 8/11/1999. He was a huge Cubs and Sammy Sosa fan whose favorite player all-time was Phil Cavarretta.

If you can be the first to tell us where the cover image was shot, you win 10,000 BCB bucks, legally tender nowhere on earth but desirable nonetheless, like a no-prize.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Pete Knisely, Karl Adams, Bobo Newsom, Bob Scheffing, Andrew Lorraine, Brendon Little*.

Today in history:

  • 3114 BC - The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins.
  • 355 - Claudius Silvanus, accused of treason, proclaims himself Roman Emperor against Constantius II.
  • 1858 - First ascent of the Eiger in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland.
  • 1945 - Allies refuse Japan’s offer to surrender on the condition that Emperor Hirohito retains his status.
  • 1966 - The Beatles arrive in Chicago, Illinois for their third (and final) US tour.

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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.