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Baseball history unpacked, November 14

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Sosa and Palmeiro free as birds, and other stories.

Happy birthday, Kent Bottenfield!
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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: Jim Brewer, Willie Hernandez, Kent Bottenfield*, Xavier Nady.

Today in history:

  • 1666 - Samuel Pepys reports on first blood transfusion (between dogs).
  • 1856 - American Gail Borden is issued a patent for technology related to his invention of condensed milk.
  • 1922 - BBC begins daily radio broadcasts from the 2LO transmitter at Marconi House.
  • 1943 - Chicago Bear Sid Luckman passes for seven touchdowns vs NY Giants (56-7).

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.