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Baseball history unpacked, November 17

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday to the original Wild Thing, and other stories.

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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: Tom Dettore, Mitch Williams, Darnell McDonald, Scott Moore. Also notable: Tom Seaver HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1603 - English explorer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.
  • 1869 - Suez Canal in Egypt opens, linking Mediterranean and Red seas.
  • 1926 - NHL’s Chicago Black Hawks play their first game, beat Toronto St Pats 4-1.
  • 1973 - US President Richard Nixon tells AP: “...people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”

Common sources:


Some of these items spread from site to site without being verified. That is exactly why we ask for reputable sources if you have differences with a posted factoid, so that we can address that to the originators and provide clarity if not ‘truth’. Nothing is posted here without at least one instance of corroboration