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Baseball history unpacked, December 30

Scenes from the rich tapestry of the great game

Chicago Cubs Photo Day Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

... 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*.

Today in rounders history:

NPR: The ‘Secret History’ Of Baseball’s earliest days. With John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball.

BBRef: The origins of baseball. “On March 15, 2011, Commissioner Bud Selig created a 12-person Baseball Origins Committee, chaired by John Thorn, to examine the issue in a scientific manner.”

  • 1926 - The Chicago Tribune breaks a story that the Detroit Tigers have thrown a four-game series to the Chicago White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant. Responding to the publicity, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis convenes a hearing on the matter, but dismisses all charges. Landis can find no witnesses to confirm any part of Swede Risberg’s claim. (1,3)
  • 2020 - Mattresses, pillows, sand bags, and other objects appear below window ledges on the north side of Chicago. Experts are hastily dispatched and implore the participants to wait until 2025 to properly assess the damage. Chicago Cubs officials are unavailable for comment.
  • Cubs birthdays: Clarence Currie, Ray Prim, Steve Davis, Sean Gallagher. Also notable: Sandy Koufax HOF.

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*We vet each item as much as time allows. Please let us know if an item is in error, especially if you have a source. Thanks for reading, and happy holidays!