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Baseball history unpacked, December 26

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Nelson Velázquez’ natal anniversary and other stories.

Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers
Happy birthday, Nelson Velasquez!
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: Harry Taylor, Dave Rader, J.C. Boscan, Chris Carpenter, Nelson Velázquez*. Also notable: Judy Johnson HOF, Carlton Fisk HOF, Ozzie Smith HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1492 - First Spanish settlement La Navidad in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas in Haiti).
  • 1776 - American Revolutionary War: George Washington leads US troops in defeat Hessians at Battle of Trenton, New Jersey.
  • 1865 - James H Mason (Mass) patents the first US coffee percolator.
  • 1919 - Yankees and Boston Red Sox reach agreement to move future Baseball Hall of Fame pitching slugger Babe Ruth to New York.
  • 1943 - National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 41-21. It’s the Bears’ sixth title.

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.