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Baseball history unpacked, December 10

A thrice-weekly look at #Cubs and #MLB history. This one hurls from the left side.

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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: Jimmy Johnston, Ed Donnelly, Steve Renko, Paul Assenmacher*, Rick Wrona.

*cover image

Today in world history:

  • 1690 - Massachusetts Bay becomes the first American colonial government to issue paper money.
  • 1799 - Metric system first adopted in France.
  • 1817 - Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union.
  • 1898 - Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish–American War is signed by US President McKinley; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam.
  • 1922 - First National Football League Championship: undefeated Canton Bulldogs (10-0-2) named inaugural champions.
  • 1948 - UN General Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Common sources:

There is a very active baseball history community and there are many facets to their views. We strive for clarity. Please be aware that we are trying to make the historical record as represented by our main sources coherent and as accurate as is possible. No item is posted here without corroboration. Some of these items spread from site to site without being verified. That is exactly why we ask for reputable sources, so that we can address them to the originators. BBRef is very cooperative in this regard, as are SABR and the Baseball Almanac. We have removed thenationalpastime from our sourcing list, as there have been multiple complaints about their content and they do not respond to attempts to communicate.

Also please remember that this is supposed to be fun.

Thank you for your cooperation. And thanks for reading.