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Baseball history unpacked, December 20

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. It wasn’t that long ago — surely you remember the great Edwin Jackson?

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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: Herm Doscher, Fred Merkle, Gabby Hartnett HOF, Marv Felderman, Oscar Gamble, Fernando Ramsey, Augie Ojeda, David DeJesus, Trent Giambrone. Also notable: Branch Rickey HOF.

Today in History:

  • 1522 - Suleiman the Magnificent accepts surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle in Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.
  • 1699 - Russian Tsar Peter the Great ordered Russian New Year changed from Sept 1 to Jan 1.
  • 1803 - French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark the formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase from France to USA, purchased for $15M.
  • 1879 - Thomas Edison privately demonstrated incandescent light at Menlo Park
  • 1951 - Walter Zinn’s Experimental Breeder Reactor I, the first nuclear reactor to produce electric power, goes live at the Argonne National Laboratory, USA.

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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.