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Baseball history unpacked, December 18

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Yuan is the loneliest, The Georgia Peach hits the ground running, and other stories.

Happy birthday to the late Ty Cobb!
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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: Buddy Napier, Lance Richbourg, Coaker Triplett, Rex Brothers. Also notable: Ty Cobb* HOF.

Today in History:

  • 1271 - Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan” (元 yuán), marking the start of the Yuan Dynasty of China.
  • 1787 - New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the US constitution.
  • 1849 - William Bond obtains the first photograph of the Moon through a telescope.
  • 1912 - Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is supposedly found in the Piltdown Gravel Pit, by Charles Dawson.
  • 1932 - National Football League Championship; Playoff, Chicago Stadium: Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans, 9-0.
  • 1957 - World’s 1st full scale nuclear power plant begins to generate electricity at the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania.
  • 1966 - Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” airs for 1st time on CBS; animated special directed by Chuck Jones, features voices of Boris Karloff, June Foray, and Thurl Ravenscroft, with songs by Albert Hague.

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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.