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Baseball history unpacked, November 21

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. He was a Cub for four innings in 2021.

Happy birthday, Robert Stock!
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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: Billy Clingman, Freddie Lindstrom HOF, Warren Hacker, Dick Bertell, Tony Balsamo, Alan Hargesheimer, Mike Mason, Quintin Berry, Robert Stock*. Also notable: Stan Musial HOF, Ken Griffey Jr. HOF.

Today in history:

  • 164 BC - During Maccabbean revolt Judas Maccabaeus recaptures Jersusalem and rededicates the Second Temple, commemorated since as Jewish festival Hanukkah.
  • 1783 - Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and Marquis d’Arlandes make 1st manned free balloon flight in a Montgolfier balloon.
  • 1789 - North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state.
  • 1922 - Rebecca L Felton (GA) sworn in as first female US Senator.
  • 1925 - Red Grange plays final University of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears.

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.