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Baseball history unpacked, November 7

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Glenn Beckert packs his bags for San Diego and other stories.

Happy birthday, Glendon Rusch!
Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB 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: Monte McFarland, Joe Hatten, Clarence Jones, Joe Niekro, Reggie Patterson, Glendon Rusch, Les Walrond. Also notable: Jim Kaat HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1492 - Ensisheim Meteorite strikes a wheat field near the village of Ensisheim in Alsace, France. Oldest meteorite with a known date of impact.
  • 1631 - Pierre Gassendi observes 1st ever transit of Mercury predicted by Johannes Kepler.
  • 1805 - Lewis and Clark Expedition first sights the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River.
  • 1916 - Jeannette Rankin (R-Montana) is elected to Congress as its first woman Representative.
  • 1918 - Robert Goddard demonstrates tube-launched solid propellant rockets.
  • 1962 - Glenn Hall set NHL record of 503 consecutive games as goalie.

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