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Baseball history unpacked, November 1

A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs and #MLB history. This one rises to Olympian heights.

Peter Ueberroth
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On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and deep dives into various narratives that expand over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. Don’t be afraid to click the links for ‘inside baseball’ on the entries, which change from year to year as we re-examine the subjects.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Fred Demarais, Snapper Kennedy, Earl Blackburn, Lefty York, Larry French, Clint Compton, Miguel Dilone, Anthony Bass. Also notable: Bid McPhee HOF.

Today in history:

  • 835 - All Saints Day made compulsory by Pope Gregory IV throughout Frankish Kingdom.
  • 1348 - The Black Death reaches London on or about this date.
  • 1512 - Michelangelo’s paintings on ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican first exhibited.
  • 1755 - Lisbon earthquake kills more than 50,000 in Portugal
  • 1800 - John Adams becomes the first Florida Man to live in the White House
  • 1870 - US Weather Bureau begins operations (24 locations)
  • 1931 - Dupont introduces synthetic rubber
  • 1966 - NFL awards a franchise to New Orleans; name “Saints” alludes to November 1, All Saints Day in Catholic faith.
  • 1969 - The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album goes #1 in US & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • 1997 - Expanded Negro Leagues Museum and the new American Jazz Museum open in Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine district.

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