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Baseball history unpacked, September 18

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources, a little bit cheesy but nicely displayed. Happy birthday to Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg and others.

Happy birthday, Brent Lillibridge!
Photo by Brian D. Kersey/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: Bob Collins, Ed Hanyzewski, Paul Gillespie, Ryne Sandberg HOF, Ozzie Timmons, Jody Gerut, Brent Lillibridge*.

Today in history:

  • 324 - Roman Emperor Constantine the Great decisively defeats rival Emperor Licinius at Chrysopolis.
  • 1437 - Peasant uprising in Transsylvania.
  • 1635 - Emperor Ferdinand II declares war on France.
  • 1793 - US President George Washington lays the cornerstone of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
  • 1881 - Chicago Tribune reports on a televideo experiment.
  • 1927 - The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air. with 18 stations (and WOR as NYC affiliate).

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.