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Baseball history unpacked, January 8

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

Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants
Happy birthday, James Russell!

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: Walker Cooper, Marv Rickert, Bruce Sutter HOF, Geremi González, James Russell* .

Today in History:

  • 1297 -Monaco gains its independence.
  • 1310 - The Great Frost: in London the Thames river froze so thickly bonfires were lit on it
  • 1800 - Wild Boy of Aveyron (approx.12) discovered in southern France after possibly 7 years in the wild, later christened Victor of Aveyron.
  • 1894 - Columbian Exhibition World’s Fair in Chicago site destroyed by fire.
  • 1902 - First National Bowling Championship held (Chicago, Illinois).
  • 1959 - Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as president of France’s 5th Republic.
  • 1968 -Jacques Cousteau’s first undersea special on US network TV.
  • 1985 - Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley’s Comet.

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