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Baseball history unpacked, November 8

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Sammy Sosa is 1998 MVP 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: Dwight Smith, Henry Rodriguez, Darwin Barney,

Today in history:

  • 1519 - First meeting of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II and Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico.
  • 1701 - William Penn presents Charter of Privileges, guaranteed religious freedom for the colony in Pennsylvania.
  • 1864 - Abraham Lincoln elected to his second term as US President.
  • 1895 - German physicist Wilhelm Röentgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röentgen rays.
  • 1960 - John F. Kennedy is elected President of the United States.
  • 1970 - Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks NFL record 63 yard field goal.

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