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Baseball history unpacked, February 2

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

Happy birthday, Dan Winkler!
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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: Orval Overall, Sheldon Jones, Ted Tappe, Warren Brusstar, Pat Tabler, Paul Kilgus, Ronny Cedeño, Scott Maine, Dan Winkler*. Also notable: Red Schoendienst HOF.

Today in History:

  • 1536 - Pedro de Mendoza founds Argentine city of Buenos Aires.
  • 1653 - New Amsterdam becomes a city, later renamed New York City.
  • 1709 - British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued by William Dampier after being marooned on a desert island for five years, his story inspires “Robinson Crusoe.”
  • 1887 - First Groundhog Day observed at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

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.