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Baseball history unpacked, December 11

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Kosuke Fukudome arrives 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: Art Wilson, Fred Toney, Bill Nicholson, Gene Hiser. Also notable: Old Hoss Radbourn HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1688 - King James II captured in Kent, after trying to flee to France upon the arrival of William of Orange.
  • 1792 - France’s King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state.
  • 1816 - Indiana becomes the 19th state of the Union.

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.