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Baseball history unpacked, January 12

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday, Bill Madlock and others, the baseball draft is instituted, and other stories.

Happy birthday, Bill Madlock!
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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: George Browne, Roy Easterwood, Phil Mudrock, Paul Reuschel, Bill Madlock*.

Today in History:

  • 1616 - Brazilian city Belem (the entrance gate to the Amazon) founded by Captain Major Francisco Branco.
  • 1896 - First X-ray photo in US (Dr. Henry Smith, Davidson NC).
  • 1906 - Football rules committee legalizes the forward pass.
  • 1915 - US House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women right to vote.
  • 2010 - Earthquake devastates Haiti, killing approximately 160,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince.

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. We are trying to set the record as straight as possible. But it isn’t brain surgery.

Also, the ‘history’ segment is highly edited for space and interest. Of course a great many other things happened on those days. We try to follow up on the interesting or unfamiliar ones.

And everything is subject to editorial oui.

Thanks for reading.