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Baseball history unpacked, November 29

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Howard Johnson and the Randy Myers defense club subdue an unruly fan. Happy birthday to Howard.

BASEBALL-CUBS FIGHT Photo credit should read JOHN RUTHROFF/AFP 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 Pyle, Tom Hughes, Carter Elliott, Irv Noren, Dan McGinn, Howard Johnson*. Also notable: Minnie Minoso HOF, Mariano Rivera HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1775 - Sir James Jay invents invisible ink.
  • 1812 - Napoleon’s Grand Army crosses Berezina River in retreat from Russia.
  • 1877 - US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time.
  • 1934 - Chicago Bears beat Detroit (19-16) in 1st NFL game broadcast nationally.
  • 1935 - Physicist Erwin Schrödinger publishes his famous thought experiment “Schrödinger’s cat”, a paradox that illustrates the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics.

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.