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Baseball history unpacked, November 11

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Catch that Rabbit!, get your kicks on Rt 66, and other stories.

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On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is pleased to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and various narratives to follow as they unfold over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs birthdays: Bert Abbey, Rabbit Maranville* HOF. Also notable: Pie Traynor HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1158 - Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa declares himself ruler of North Italy.
  • 1620 - Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims at Cape Cod, the 1st framework of government in the territory that is now the USA [N.S. Nov 21].
  • 1865 - Mary Edward Walker, the first US Army female surgeon, awarded Medal of Honor.
  • 1889 - Washington admitted as the 42nd state of the USA.
  • 1918 - WWI Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany comes into effect and World War I hostilities end at 11 a.m., “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”.
  • 1926 - U.S. Route 66 is established from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California — 2,448 miles (3,940 km).
  • 1959 - First episode of Jay Ward’s cartoon series “Rocky & His Friends”, featuring Rocket J. (“Rocky”) Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose. airs on NBC.
  • 1966 - Gemini 12 (Lovell & Aldrin) launched on four-day flight.

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.

Also please remember that this is supposed to be fun.