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Baseball history unpacked, November 30

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. The further adventures of The Good Kid, Billy’s RoY day, and more!

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His finest moment. Happy birthday, Alec Mills.
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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: Frank Killen, Elmer Koestner, Ed Mayer, Steve Hamilton, Bob Tewksbury, Matt Lawton, Rich Harden, Alec Mills*.

Today in history:

  • 1487 - The first German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot), is promulgated in Munich by Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria stating beer should be brewed from only three ingredients – water, malt and hops.
  • 1731 - Beijing hit by an earthquake; about 100,000 die
  • 1866 - Work begins on first US underwater highway tunnel in Chicago.
  • 1876 - Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann finds the gold Mask of Agamemnon at Mycenae (modern Greece) “the Mona Lisa of prehistory”.
  • 1887 - 1st indoor softball game in Chicago (disputed — many reports say Thanksgiving Day). It took place at the Farragut Boat Club and the ball was said to be a boxing glove, tied up.
  • 1971 Emmy and Peabody Award-winning TV movie “Brian’s Song,” about the friendship of Chicago Bears football teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers (based on Sayers’ autobiography) premieres on ABC, starring James Caan and Billie Dee Williams.

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.