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Baseball history unpacked, January 19

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Ernie in the Hall, The Penguin comes to Chicago, Dexter Fowler arrives, and other stories.

It’s a beautiful day for a ball game. Let’s play two.
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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: Ollie Hanson, Ken Frailing, Kevin Coffman, Anthony Young, Phil Nevin, Chris Stynes, Amaury Telemaco, Nick Burdi.

Today in History:

  • 1363 - English King Edward III introduces his Sumptuary Laws, restricting what people ate and wore to preserve social status (largely ignored).
  • 1883 - The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
  • 1977 - Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.

Common sources:

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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. 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.