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Baseball history unpacked, September 20

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Ernie’s first homer, no-hitters, Ford Frick, and other tales.

Ernie Banks and Gene Baker
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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: Larry Schlafly, Zeke Bonura, Randy Kramer, Cory Abbott.

Today in history:

  • 1519 - Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets off on the 1st successful circumnavigation of the globe (Magellan killed en route).
  • 1746 - Scotland’s Bonnie Prince Charlie flees to France from Scotland.
  • 1814 - ”Star Spangled Banner” published as a song, lyrics by Francis Scott Key, tune by John Stafford Smith
  • 1870 - Mayor William Tweed accused of robbing NY treasury.
  • 1954 - First FORTRAN computer program run.

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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.