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Baseball history unpacked, February 7

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Lots of passings. Happy birthday to Scott Feldman!

Cubs v. Nationals
Happy birthday, Scott Feldman.
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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: Ted Kennedy, Ed Haigh, Pat Moran, Earl Whitehill, Danny Lynch, Juan Pizarro, Burt Hooton, Jon Leicester, Scott Feldman*, Kervin Castro.

Today in History:

  • 1301 - Edward of Caernarfon (later Edward II) becomes the first English Prince of Wales.
  • 1569 - King Philip II forms Inquisition in South America.
  • 1845 - The Portland Vase, thought to date to the 1st century BC is shattered into more than 80 pieces by a drunken visitor to the British Museum.
  • 1945 - General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila.
  • 1992 - The Maastricht Treaty is signed by 12 countries from the European Community (EC) to create the European Union (EU).

Common sources:

*pictured.

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.