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Baseball history unpacked, November 28

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Careful or you’ll get THE EYE from Taylor.

Happy birthday, Taylor Davis!
Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images

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: Russ Meers, Carlos Villanueva, Taylor Davis*, Danny Hultzen.

Today in history:

  • 1520 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1717 - Blackbeard attacks and captures a French merchant slave ship, which he renames as his flagship the “Queen Anne’s Revenge.”
  • 1814 - The Times of London first printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer - makes newspapers available to a mass audience.
  • 1895 - America’s first auto race organised by the “Chicago Times-Herald” - Chicago to Evanston and back; six cars, 55 miles, Frank Duryea wins averaging seven MPH.
  • 1929 - Chicago fullback Ernie Nevers sets NFL record for most points scored in a single game with all 40 in the Cardinals’ 40–6 rout of Chicago Bears; Nevers has NFL record six touchdowns and four extra points.

Common sources:

*pictured.

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.