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Baseball history unpacked, December 1

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Mr. Cub becomes Coach Cub, and other stories. RIP Dave McNally.

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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: Tommy Raub, Ed Reulbach, Charley Moore, Johnny O’Connor, Dwain Sloat, Cal McLish, Dan Straily, Javier Báez, Brandon Hughes. Also notable: Walter Alston HOF, Larry Walker HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1783 - Jacques Charles and Nicolas Roberts make first untethered ascension with gas hydrogen balloon in Paris
  • 1887 - Sherlock Holmes first appears in print in “Study in Scarlet” by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • 1913 - Ford Motor Company institutes world’s 1st moving assembly line for the Model T Ford.
  • 1940 - Four sets of brothers play in one NHL game when Chicago Blackhawks beat NY Rangers, 4-1; Lynn & Muzz Patrick and Neil & Mac Colville (Rangers); Max & Doug Bentley and Bob & Bill Carse (Chicago).
  • 1955 - Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama.

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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