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Baseball history unpacked, December 24

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Happy birthday, James Norwood, and other stories.

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A wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1949 - Early in the morning on Christmas Eve, Grover Cleveland Alexander is found lying unconscious in an alley near his apartment in Hollywood. The seriously ill Hall-of-Famer, who will spend several days in Los Angeles County General Hospital before being released, is suffering from alcoholism and epilepsy. (1)
  • 1969 -

“I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes.” - CURT FLOOD, responding to being traded to Philadelphia.

In a letter to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, Curt Flood states his refusal to report to the Phillies after being traded by the Cardinals, citing he is not a piece of property to be sold. The MLB Players Association announces support for the outfielder’s suit against baseball and agrees to pay the legal fees for the case that will eventually be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court. (1)

The Christmas Eve when Curt Flood changed baseball forever.

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