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Baseball history unpacked, February 12

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Rooftop bleacher creatures, Zonk for the Goose, and other stories. Happy birthday, Josh Phegley!

Happy birthday, Josh Phegley!
Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/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: Bill Mack, Abraham Bailey, Virgil Cheeves, Monk Dubiel, Joe Garagiola, Lenny Randle, Gene Krug, Jeff Pico, Josh Phegley*. Also notable: Chick Hafey HOF.

Today in History:

  • 1111 - King Henry V, King of Germany and Italy, arrives in Rome for his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor, but Pope Paschal II refuses to crown him until April owing to the Investiture Controversy.
  • 1511 - King Henry VIII issues challenge, beginning a jousting tournament to celebrate the birth of his son Henry. Recorded in Roll of Honour manuscript which depicts trumpeter John Blanke, the only identifiable black person in Tudor England.
  • 1839 - Aroostoock (or “Pork & Beans”) War: Boundary dispute between Maine & New Brunswick.
  • 1935 - First secret demonstration of radio signals detecting aircraft by Robert Watson-Watt and Arnold Wilkins at Daventry, England.

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.