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Baseball history unpacked, January 15

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Rod Beck signed with the Cubs on this date and other stories.

Happy birthday to the late Rod Beck.
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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: John Menefee, Grover Lowdermilk, Dick Culler, William Brennan, Delino DeShields, Ray King, Matt Duffy.

Today in History:

  • 1535 - King Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England.
  • 1780 - American Continental Congress establishes court of appeals.
  • 1861 - Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis.
  • 1919 - Two million gallons of molasses flood Boston Massachusetts in the “Great Molasses Flood” when a storage tank burst, drowning 21 and injuring 150.
  • 1934 - While robbing the First National Bank in East Chicago, Indianapolis, John Dillinger is shot several times by officer William O’Malley, but survives because he is wearing a bullet proof vest.
  • 1939 - Firstst NFL All-star Game, Wrigley Field, Chicago: New York Giants beat All America All-Stars, 13-10.
  • 1945 - The Manhattan Project’s G-5 Group, headed by physicists Donald Kerst and Seth Neddermeyer, take their first betatron pictures of a nuclear implosion at the Los Alamos Laboratory.

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.