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Baseball history unpacked, November 25

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources,cheap notoriety and the money there is in it” plus D-Lee and bad Nyborg.

Happy birthday, D-Lee!
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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 Cunningham, Frank Corridon, Joe Vernon, Jakie May, Jim Weaver, Ben Wade, John Pyecha, Randy Veres. Also notable: Joe DiMaggio HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1120 - ’The White Ship’ capsizes near the Normandy coast while crossing the English Channel transporting many nobles, including the heir to the English throne, from France to England; about 300 die, only one survivor.
  • 1659 - Michiel de Ruyter conquers Danish city Nyborg.
  • 1792 - Benjamin Banneker first publishes his Farmer’s Almanac.
  • 1920 - First Thanksgiving parade (Philadelphia).
  • 1952 - Only win ever for NFL’s Dallas Texans (1-11), beating the Chicago Bears, 27-23 at the Cotton Bowl.

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.