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Baseball history unpacked, December 21

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. The Good Kid, the College of Coaches, and other stories.

Happy birthday, Brian Schlitter!
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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: Bill Traffley, Dell Darling, Jim Doyle, Cy Williams, Pete Scott, Bob Rush, Dave Kingman, LaTroy Hawkins, Taylor Teagarden, Brian Schlitter*. Also notable: Josh Gibson HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1582 - Flanders adopts the Gregorian calendar, skipping 11 days making the next day Jan 1, 1583.
  • 1784 - John Jay becomes acting US Secretary of State (1789-90).
  • 1891 - 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • 1898 - Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium.
  • 1941 - National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 37-9; first team in NFL championship game era (since 1933) to win consecutive titles; Bears fifth title overall.
  • 1978 - Police in Des Plaines, Illinois, arrest John Wayne Gacy for murder.

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.