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Baseball history unpacked, January 5

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. A good day for center fielders, several sad passings, and other stories.

Happy birthday, Bob Dernier!
Photo by George Gojkovich/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: Bob Caruthers, Zaza Harvey, Chuck Wortman, Riggs Stephenson, Daryl Robertson, Bob Dernier*, Henry Cotto, Chris Nabholz, Rubén Quevedo.

Today in History:

  • 1477 - Battle of Nancy: Swiss Confederacy led by René II decisively defeats the Duchy of Burgundy, 7,000+ killed including the Duke of Burgundy Charles the Bold.
  • 1709 - The Great Frost begins during the night, a sudden cold snap that remains Europe’s coldest ever winter. Thousands are killed across the continent and crops fail in France.

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