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Baseball history unpacked, August 21

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 forfeits and big numbers, oh boy!

Tampa Bay Rays v Chicago Cubs
Happy birthday, Jesse Chavez!
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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: Frank Isbell, Jim Mosolf, Whitey Platt, Vern Fear, Jim Bullinger, Karl Rhodes, Ismael Valdez, Jason Marquis, Jesse Chavez, Tim Collins.

Today in history:

  • 1264 - Kublai Khan accepts the surrender of his younger brother Ariq Böke at Xanadu, at the end of the Mongol civil war.
  • 1680 - Pueblo Indians takes possession of Santa Fé in the New Mexican Province, from Spanish.
  • 1772 - King Gustav III of Sweden completes a coup d’etat by adopting a new Constitution and installing himself as an enlightened despot, ending 50 years of parliamentary rule.
  • 1959 - Hawaii becomes the 50th US state.

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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.