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Baseball history unpacked, December 7

A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Kyle Hendricks is a day older, and other stories.

Happy birthday, Professor!
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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: Ed Morris, Don Johnson, Jorge Comellas, Mark Freeman, Don Cardwell, Scot Thompson, Ryan Theriot, Mike Baxter, Kyle Hendricks*. Also notable: Johnny Bench HOF.

Today in history:

  • 43 BC - Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician is assassinated in Formiae.
  • 185 - Emperor Lo-Yang, China sees supernova (MSH15-52).
  • 1787 - Delaware is the first state to ratify the US constitution.
  • 1877 - Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph (gramophone) to the editors of “Scientific American.”
  • 1909 - Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry.
  • 1941 - Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people.

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.