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Baseball history unpacked, December 28

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday to former Cub Scott Effross, and other stories.

Happy birthday, Scott Effross!
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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: Scott Effross*. Also notable: Ted Lyons HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1065 - New church devoted to St Peter the Apostle built by Edward the Confessor - later called the ‘west minister’ consecrated in London (rebuilt mid 13th century). Now Westminster Abbey.
  • 1612 - First observation of Neptune - Galileo observes and records a “fixed star” without realizing it is a planet.
  • 1836 - Spain recognizes the independence of Mexico.
  • 1846 - Iowa becomes 29th state of the United States of America.
  • 1947 - Chicago Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in NFL championship game; Cardinals’ only title victory.

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.