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Baseball history unpacked, February 9

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Over time, a clearer picture emerges. All-Stars play at Folsom Prison, Connie Mack passes, and Mickey Mantle is banned from baseball. But wait, there’s more! Sometimes what appears where can be very interesting.

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Photo by Louis Requena/MLB Photos via 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: Heinie Zimmerman, C. L. Taylor, Freddy Schmidt, Eddie Solomon, Todd Pratt, Dioner Navarro. Also notable: Vladimir Guerrero HOF.

Today in History:

  • 1234 - Mongol army takes the Jin city of Caizhou, last holdout of Jin Emperor Ai-Tsung, who commits suicide rather than be captured.
  • 1554 - Battle at London: Sir Thomas Wyatt defeated and his rebellion against Queen Mary crushed.
  • 1775 - British Parliament declares Massachusetts colony in rebellion.
  • 1870 - US Army establishes US National Weather Service.
  • 1916 - NL votes down a proposal by Giants, Braves, & Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22 (The Reds want to decrease to 20).
  • 1942 - Daylight Saving War Time goes into effect in US.
  • 1951 - St Louis Browns sign pitcher Satchel Paige, 45.
  • 1955 - US federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO.
  • 1971 - Paige becomes the first Negro League player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1997 - Fox cartoon series “The Simpsons” airs 167th episode, becoming th longest-running animated series in cartoon history,

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.