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Baseball history unpacked, November 26

A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs and #MLB history.

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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:

  • 1948 - National League president Ford Frick steps in and pays $350 for funeral services, including the cost of a coffin, for the unclaimed body of Hack Wilson. The former slugger, who had died probably of alcohol abuse a few days earlier in a Baltimore hospital, is identified only as a white male. (2)
  • 1961 - The Professional Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball. Only National League supervisor of umpires Cal Hubbard votes in favor. (1,2)
  • 1996 - Less than three weeks after major league owners voted 18-12 against ratification of baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, owners vote again and this time approve it by a vote of 26-4. The landmark agreement brings interleague play to the regular season for the first time, as well as revenue sharing among owners and a payroll tax on players. (1,2)
  • 1999 - Arbitrator Alan Symonette rejects the owners’ attempt to dismiss the umpires’ grievance, giving the 22 umps booted as a result of last season’s disastrous mass resignation strategy a chance to get their jobs back. Symonette will hear the grievance beginning December 13th. (2)

Cubs birthdays: Hugh Duffy HOF, Jim Canavan, John Churry, Richie Hebner, Larry Gura, Jay Howell, Ron Meridith, Matt Garza. Also notable: Lefty Gomez HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1789 - 1st national Thanksgiving in America.
  • 1868 - 1st baseball game played in enclosed field in San Francisco, at 25th & Folsom.
  • 1917 - NHL forms with Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators & Quebec Bulldogs; National Hockey Association disbands.
  • 1922 - English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Tutankhamun’s virtually intact tomb in Egypt.
  • 1969 - Cream’s final concert (Royal Albert Hall).
  • 2003 - Supersonic airplane the Concorde makes its last ever flight, returning to Bristol, England.

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