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Baseball history unpacked, January 3

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday, Michael Restovich, and other stories.

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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 Fluhrer, Pete Turgeon, Ed Sauer, John André, George Piktuzis, Adrian Garrett, Archie Reynolds, Michael Restovich*

Today in History:

  • 1431 - Joan of Arc handed over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon.
  • 1496 Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.
  • 1840 - First deep sea sounding by James Clark Ross in south Atlantic at 2425 fathoms (14,450 feet).
  • 1899 - First known use of the word “automobile,” appears in an editorial in The New York Times.
  • 1943 - Max and Doug Bentley assist on brother Reg’s only NHL goal in Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-3 tie with the Rangers in NYC; only time in NHL history trio of family members score and assist on a scoring play.
  • 1959 - Alaska admitted as 49th US state.

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, 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.