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Baseball history unpacked, September 4

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources, a little bit cheesy but nicely displayed. Sammy Sosa breaks Hack Wilson’s Cubs home run record on the way to an MVP, and other stories.

Sammy breaks Hack Wilson’s record on the way to an MVP
Photo by SPX/Ron Vesely Photography 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: Red Corriden, Eddie Waitkus, Jim McAnany, Andrelton Simmons. Also notable: Mike Piazza HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1781 - Los Angeles is founded by 44 Spanish speakers in the Bahia de las Fumas (Bay of Smokes).
  • 1807 - Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat between New York and Albany.
  • 1888 - George Eastman patents the first roll-film camera and registers the brand name “Kodak.”
  • 1940 - CBS begins broadcasting TV as station W2XAB.
  • 1951 - NBC extends to become a 61 station coast-to-coast network.

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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.