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Baseball history unpacked, December 28

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Scenes from the rich tapestry of the great game.

Bill Dahlen
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In addition to the baseball stuff, here’s another Chicago nugget: This is the anniversary of that Sunday in 1968 when the then-called Chicago Transit Authority had just finished a set at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, supporting Albert King.

Horn player Lee Loughnane was relaxing when he felt a presence at his shoulder, as he tells it. That turned out to be guitarist Jimi Hendrix, who was soon going to embark on a long tour.

“You have a guitar player who’s better than me and a horn section that sounds like one set of lungs. Do you guys want to go on the road?” said Hendrix.

The band had just signed with Columbia and were due in the studio to record their first double-disc album. They contracted for shows on May 10 and 11, 1969, after the April release of their wildly successful debut.

... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted 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*.

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